Congratulations Rebooters, we are almost at week 3 of the Reboot and that's definitely something to celebrate!
Having completed nearly 2 weeks of the Reboot, you may have begun to notice a difference in your digestion, your skin, and maybe some other areas of your health. I'm feeling great as my digestive function seems to be evening out and the bumps around my chin and cheeks are slowly disappearing! WAHOO!
This week we are focusing on..you guessed it...your poop! I'll dive into common questions and concerns regarding bowel habits and how to troubleshoot and address your internal health using just the roadmap of your stool.
Frequency is a really great topic to engage in, in a clinical setting. I've found that everyone's "normal" is quite different. When I ask the baseline question "How is your digestion?" I'm often met with a shy and reserved answer like, "Good". But with further investigation of what "normal" is to each person, there is a huge contrast and often a teachable moment.
I've seen people that have a bowel movement every 4-5 days on average, and others that will go up to 10 times a day. Some think that this is normal, or that it's just something they will have to live with, but there is actually so much that your bowel habits are trying to tell you.
On average, particularly when dealing with skin conditions, it's important to have a bowel movement at least once a day. It's not uncommon to have up to 3 a day, but once you start having more than that, this can also be a sign of something problematic.
Constipation can mean a number of different things:
IBS - Irritable bowel syndrome. This is a rabbit hole of a conversation for a later conversation.
These lists are certainly not conclusive, but a good starting point to look at if you are concerned about your bowel frequency. I always suggest seeking a trusted practitioner to help you troubleshoot your specific digestion.
Ever wonder what the colour of your poop is telling you? I certainly do! My favourite story about digestive investigation comes from my clinical practice, where I asked a client about the colour of her stool and she replied "brown". I acknowledged that brown is a sign of healthy poop, but asked if she could she go into a bit more detail on what shade of brown, you know.. dark, light etc..where she replied "ahh.. poo brown?" and we both had a really great giggle at that response. I also had a teacher once say that in her clinical practice, she has paint swatches on hand so that she can get a really detailed answer. I think I'll start doing that.
If you have ANY questions or concerns regarding the colour of your stool, it is ALWAYS good to have it checked out! Usually, if you have a stool that is an unusual colour for you one time, it's not often something to be concerned about. But, if you are having recurring abnormally coloured stool, it's best to call your doctor for further exploration.
Consistency and shape of the stool are equally as important as the rest, but to skip the gritty details, I'm only going to mention a few.
The best case scenario poop would look like a medium brown, nicely shaped banana, this is basically molded to the shape of your colon. Hard pellets indicate constipation and dryness that needs to be addressed, while constant loose stool or diarrhea will need to be addressed in a different way.
If you've been shy about looking at your stool before, I hope by now that I've encouraged you to take a look at the potential of internal health self-discovery! Here are a few other things to take note of when you are glancing down at that porcelain palace.
I hope I've inspired you to investigate your own digestive health via the textbook of your poop! This is meant to empower you to make adjustments using the food that you eat to improve your health, but if at ANY time you question the health of your poops, I encourage you to seek professional medical guidance!
Sending happy vibes for healthy poops!
Comments will be approved before showing up.