My top cleansing tips!!
CLEAN UP YOUR ENVIRONMENT
ELIMINATION is my number 2 tip for starting to support the body
during any cleansing effort.
After a healthy gut has absorbed all usable nutrients from the food you've eaten what remains you don't need and it is essential we get rid of it. Your gut should be a healthy garbage disposal unit, effectively ridding your body of what it doesn't require by elimination, evacuation aka pooping.
The normal range for daily pooping is from three times a day to once every three days. Therefore, it would be fair to say that the average person poops about once a day.
Let’s talk about poop! Not the most comfortable topic, sure but man oh man it's one of my favs because it is SO flippin' important! After you poop, do you look in the toilet bowl to see what's going on? If you aren't yet hopefully I can convince you to... it’s important to learn all you can about your bowel movements — what’s weird, what’s normal, what’s healthy, what’s not. Your poop is an important clue to your overall digestion and health! Your poop can reveal many things about your health, like serious signs of infections, digestive problems, and even early signs of cancer.
Here are some poop concerns many people have:
Diarrhea happens when stool passes through the large intestine too quickly. Most people have experienced diarrhea, whether from a GI virus, an allergic reaction to food in the diet or even as a result of stress or anxiety. Diarrhea is loose, watery poop.
Constipation occurs when stool passes through the large intestine too slowly.
People who are constipated may experience, difficulty passing stools, feeling of incomplete emptying after evacuation, hard poop, little round rabbit turds, painful bowel movements, reduced poop frequency and straining with a bowel movement.
Bowel incontinence is another problem that can happen with either severe diarrhea or constipation, where a person has difficulty controlling their bowel movements.
And other abnormalities with poop may be signs of a digestive problem stemming anywhere from low stomach acid, lack of digestive enzymes, poor pH balance throughout your digestive tract, slow peristalsis or bowel motility to stress and anxiety. There are so many factor that can be contributing to how you are pooping... that is why it's so important to look in the bowl so you know what you are dealing with!
The process of pooping is generally learned early in childhood. However, some people may lose the spontaneity of pooping for a number of reasons like childbirth trauma, surgery, medications that slow bowel transit, nutrient depletion, chronic stress, or infections, nervous system imbalances just to name a few. Some common health conditions such as diabetes can weaken the nerves in the colon and result in severe constipation. Normal poops are soft and formed not hard or lumpy, kind of like tooth paste consistency. They are passed without urgency or straining.
Starting today, pay attention to how often you go, how long it takes, and what the end result looks and, yes, smells like. Simply put, know your poop.
Just general changes in the diet can be a common cause of foul smelling stool. But other things to consider here are malabsorption, when the body is unable to absorb the proper amount of nutrients from the food you eat because of things like an infection or a disease process. Conditions like celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, like Crohn's or ulcerative colitis, carbohydrate intolerance (not being able to process the sugars and starches completely- this can also look like gas and bloating), dairy protein intolerance and food sensitivities and/or allergies can all be associated with malabsorption.
Another concern for foul smelling poops is infections, gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, can occur after eating food contaminated with bacteria, such as E. coli or Salmonella, viruses or parasites. I hear about this a lot with clients after they've been away on that beautiful beach vacation.
2 must haves I always recommend you pack in your suitcase!!
The two most potent supplements to pack for your Mexico trip:
1) Hydrochloric Acid (HCL)
2) Activated Charcoal
HCL is taken BEFORE your meal; charcoal is taken AFTER a questionable meal.
And then we also want to look at medications, some prescription medications may cause gastrointestinal discomfort and diarrhea, often with the use of antibiotics, people experience foul-smelling stools. Using probiotics alongside antibiotics is essential for gut health, and then focusing on replenishing with more probiotics after you are done until your normal bacterial flora is restored will help with the odour.
I want to return to constipation now, as it is the main concerns I see with clients. Not only is constipation uncomfortable, it can also contribute to weight gain, lack of appetite, GERD, high cholesterol, general malaise, hemorrhoids, brain fog, headaches, skin breakouts and loss of productivity, to name a few. And remember if you are not pooping regularly (at least once per day) your toxic load may be higher than someone who is pooping daily. When we are cleansing we are taking an intentional time to slow down, breathe deep, eat clean, move our bodies and detoxify! We will not get the full benefits of a cleanse if we are not eliminating!
The biggest contributors to constipation that I see:
Inadequate consumption of fruit and vegetables
Low water intake
Suppressing the urge - people who won't poop in a public place
Use of antacids like Tums or acid reducing drugs like prevacid or nexium
Low dietary magnesium intake
If you are not pooping daily, focus on increasing water intake, eat whole real foods for that added fiber, and supplement!
Try adding magnesium citrate (I prefer in powder form because this also helps you to increase your water intake)
Start with 1 scoop before bed ideally you wake up and have a bowel movement if this doesn't happen increase your magnesium until you get the desired effect. For some this means a few hundred milligrams for others it could mean grams. It is all dependent on how deficient you are. And magnesium has around 500 roles to play in the body, so we need it! And I believe if you are not supplementing it, you are deficient! Our soil is depleted, therefore our food is depleted, therefore we are depleted of this very important health enhancing mineral!
Another supplement to add is Vitamin C 1000mg 3x/day. Vitamin C is another health enhancing supplement that has many uses in the body and can be quite depleted. So adding magnesium and Vitamin C to your supplement regime will not only support holistic health it will also help you eliminate regularly!
You will FEEL the difference!