~Ditch the Diet~
Yes, you are correct, we are about to talk about 💩!
If you have ever talked to me at length about healthy eating, you already know that “bowl health” is very important to me!
While yes, it might be a really gross thing to talk about, it is so important! You can tell so much about what is going on inside your body by your bowl patterns.
First, let’s discuss what is considered to be a normal bowel routine.
While everyone’s bowel patterns are different, it is considered normal to have a bowel movement at most one to three times a day, or at the least three times a week.
You should never let yourself go more than 3 days without a bowel movement. Let me repeat that. You should never let yourself go more than 3 days without a bowel movement.
So now that you know what is normal, let’s talk about how you can get a better bowel pattern?
First of all, make sure you are drinking plenty of Fluids!
Science time…Fluids are absorbed in the large intestine (also know as the colon). The more fluids readily available to your colon, the less it needs to work to absorb them.
Do you see where I am going here…the harder the colon has to work to draw out the necessary fluids your body needs, the harder you’ll have to work to get the waste it produces out. (Gross, I know, but so true.)
Fiber helps to keep everything moving down and out.
The majority of American women do not get enough daily fiber. Most people should aim for 25–35 grams of fiber a day.
Here comes some more science…An added bonus to fiber is that it keeps you feeling fuller longer, as well as slowing down the absorption of sugar and the release of those sugars into your bloodstream.
Yes, I did just go there!
If you are not used to eating a fiber rich diet you need to take it slow! Don’t just start downing all the high fiber foods that you can find. Start with a little bit at a time and increase your intake by one of the things listed below every two -three days depending on how your gut is responding.
You cannot just increase your fiber without increasing your fluid intake. You will end up with a lot of gas and possibly even more stopped up!
Let’s face it, exercise helps your body look better, feel better and function better. Lack of physical activity can contribute to constipation. Living a sedentary life can slow the digestive system. If you’ struggle with constipation exercising regularly can help get things going in more ways than one.
Add these for Fs into your life and you will have a healthy bowel in no time! 💩
(Seriously though, how funny is the 💩 emoji? Lol!)