What goes in must come out… minus water, minerals and other nutrients. On the Standard American Diet, I THOUGHT I was plagued with diarrhea. Come to find out, I was actually constipated. CONSTIPATED? But, I would be in the bathroom doubled over in pain as what i had just eaten 20 minutes ago came rushing violently out of my body. High fiber vegetables, and grains were the main culprits. I was so gassy growing up I was given unpleasant nicknames. Food never went down easy and things got worse when it came out. I was always hungry, even after having eaten a heavy meal. The reason for this was that my body was not getting the nutrients from the food I ate.
The walls of my colon were impacted with fecal matter. That was where the constipation came in, despite the diarrhea, and caused my stomach to expand and become hard. The impacted feces was stuck to the walls of my colon allowing the diarrhea to pass between the layers of impacted matter. My body was under constant attack from toxins and I had no idea. I started going to a hydro-colonic specialist and it changed my life for the better. The impaction went away, my intestines untwisted and began to function properly.
Drinking an herbal laxative tea on a regular basis helps keep things going. When I feel gassy and bloated, I rub lavender and peppermint oils on my stomach and feet. This helps to release trapped gases and I smell amazing… bonus! Ladies we need to release those gases just as much as the guys do. Don’t be shy but of course be polite (ladies AND men).
Pooping is just one of many ways we remove toxins from our bodies. Removing toxins is a vital part of good health. When we overwhelm our bodies by putting more toxins in than what can safely come out in a timely manner, our bodies turn on us causing disease and illness to creep in and negatively impact the quality of our lives.
If you have problems, ‘going’ it could be caused by a number of issues; eating too much cheese, certain medications, not drinking enough water, not moving enough (walking and exercise help to keep you regular), stress (shoulders aren’t the only things we clench when we are stressed) not knowing how to poop properly. Oh, yes… there IS a method.
Do not bear down hard when trying to poop. This strains your organs, can twist your intestines, and can cause hemorrhoids. Try not to hold your poop for too long during the day. Many people have an aversion to going poop at work. If this is you, get up an hour earlier and see if this helps you to ‘go’. Drinking coffee helps many people get things moving faster and easier. When you are sitting on the toilet, take a deep breath and blow it out slowly through your mouth. Do this a few times to wake up your bowels and get them moving in the right direction. If this doesn’t help, try massaging your stomach a bit. Start in the lower left quadrant. Work your way up and across. Your bowels are powerful muscles that move. A gentle massage can help them along if something is having a hard time exiting.
Pooping is one of the most natural things our bodies do. If it’s getting hard to go, something needs to be done. Keeping those toxins inside of you can be detrimental to your health. If your symptoms don’t improve, you have tried all you can do at home, and it’s been longer than a week since your last bowel movement, seek medical help.
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