So now that you understand from my last post HOW your digestive system works and the amount of effort and energy that is needed, let's take a look at your poop - so to speak!
Check out the Bristol Stool Chart below to see where you stand.
As you can see, you want to be in the healthy, normal spectrum for a phenomenally functioning digestive tract.
Here's a crazy fact: your gut is protected by a thin layer about one cells thickness. Ah, that's it sweetheart. This thin layer covers a surface area the size of a tennis court! That just seems so -- fragile to me. But our bodies are outstandingly amazing! That lining protects your entire immune system from going haywire. If that thin layer is damaged, you will more than likely get sick, slowly. Your immune system will not be able to keep up with all the toxins and can produce massive amounts of inflammation throughout your body if left unchecked. What is inflammation attached to? It's attached to pretty much all illness and disease. You do not want all these toxins running through your body so pay attention to your poop!
Obviously I am no doctor. But this I know... a lot of intestinal issues are caused by what we eat - and don't eat. What is absorbing and what is not absorbing. What is ripping through us and what is clogging up the pipes! Those habits repeated over a long period of time can produce a leaky gut, which is basically what I described above.
Here are a number of things that can cause chaos in your belly region: low fiber, high sugar, processed food, nutrient poor/high calorie diet (aka: Junk Food). These things make the wrong bacteria and yeast grow. Also known to create an unhappy gut environment is overuse of medications that can damage the gut or block it from working the right way. Medications like acid blocking drugs, antibiotics, steroids, and anti-inflammatories.
Okay, are you ready for it? There are two things that you can do immediately to help start balancing your system. And these are just for starters, but they're good ones.
FIBER. There are two kinds of fiber. Soluble and insoluble. This ARTICLE will help you understand more. Eat it. You will thank yourself later. A great way to get more fiber is to blend your veggies and fruit. Add some flax or chia seeds for more bang. When you add up all the health benefits, feel your body start to beg for this deliciousness, and on top of it all - lose weight?? It's a no brainer honey! And that is why I didn't spend much time on it. EAT YOUR FIBER. Simple.
PROBIOTICS. Probiotics are living microorganisms. They are your intestinal friends. They help balance the "flora and fauna" in your choo choo. I felt the need to be funny again all of a sudden.(you're welcome!) Seriously though, they have been around FOR. EV. ER. Why?
Here are just a few reasons why it might be of importance to you and your guts:
- Managing lactose intolerance
- Helps prevent colon cancer
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Reduces Inflammation
- Boosts Immune System, used as an anti-biotic
- Improves mineral absorption from other foods and vitamins
- Helps prevents Urinary Tract Infection and bacterial vaginosis
- Improves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, candida
- Duh, yea! What's NOT to love!?
Here's what's great about Pros.... everyone can take them! Everyone should be taking these regularly and double the dose following a round of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill off the bad as well as the good bacteria, making it imperative to repopulate the intestine with good bacteria with Pros. You must remember this: a large portion of the immune system is related to the function of the intestinal tract. Who can benefit from these?
Anyone who has recently used anti-biotics
Anyone suffering from gastrointestinal problems such as: bloat, gas, gastroenteritis
Anyone who suffers from lactose intolerance.
Anyone who wishes to gain increased mineral and nutrient absorption
Anyone suffering from diarrhea, chronic or otherwise
Someone suffering from allergies
So you see how these two powerhouses can effect your whole well being? What's your gut telling you? Need some help? Get with me if you want to know more. Check out my website and email me your questions.
What happens HERE is a little bit of all things GOOD. So, want to lose some weight? Want to feel great again? It's not difficult. You just need to learn it.
I love ya you gutzy thing you!