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- Improved digestion
- Better weight management
- Enhanced mood and overall well-being
- Increased energy levels throughout the day
Good news is, many of the issues linked to unhealthy poop (like constipation, bloating, low energy, and trouble losing weight) can be tackled with better nutrition and consistent healthy habits.
First, here’s the Bristol Stool Chart that categorize poop into 7 types:
Graphic credit: GoodRx Health
💩 Type 1-2 indicate constipation:
This may be due to inadequate hydration, low fiber intake, or stress.
💩 Type 3-4 are healthy stools:
These are easier to pass, indicating a well-functioning digestive system.
Keep up the good work with balanced meals, regular exercise, and plenty of water!
💩 Type 5-7 may indicate diarrhea:
This could be due to a variety of causes, such as an infection, food sensitivity, or stress.
The Stress-Poop connection
If constipation is your new unwanted friend or you're frequently sprinting to the loo, it could be that your stress levels have sneaked out of the "healthy hustle" zone and slipped into the not-so-fun territory.
How to fix your poop (and health)?
While it's true that your poop might fluctuate daily, what's important is the bigger picture. It's all about what’s typical for you.
If your poop is less than ideal, here are some easy habits that can guide it back to zen:
✔️ Start with whole foods that are minimally processed. Think fruits, vegetables, and fresh meats. These are treasure troves of nutrients your gut simply loves.
✔️ Eating slowly and mindfully. Get in tune with your body's hunger and fullness signals, they're there for a reason!
✔️ Incorporate more prebiotics foods. These foods help keep the good bacteria happy and thriving. Some yummy options include beans, legumes, fruits, whole grains, and starchy veggies like potatoes and sweet potatoes.
✔️ Incorporate more probiotic-rich foods. Your gut will thank you for goodies like yogurt, kefir, mold-enhanced cheeses, and fermented yummies like sauerkraut, pickles, and kimchi.
✔️ Keeping a food diary can be a super helpful tool. It helps you connect the dots between what you eat and any symptoms you might experience.
✔️ Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Especially during and after your workouts. Aim for 2-3 liters of water per day.
✔️ Incorporate more movement into your daily routine. This is a great way to break down stress and get your gut moving if you’re constipated.
✔️ Don't forget to unwind regularly. This can look like slow, stretchy yoga sessions, a brisk walk in nature, a warm bath, dance breaks, or simple deep breathing exercises.
Your bathroom business is more than just, well, business. It's giving you cues about your body's inner workings.
So remember, if your poop isn't quite making the grade, don't worry!
By focusing on whole foods, mindful eating, hydration, movement, and de-stressing, you're already on the way to setting things right.
Above all, always listen to your body. It knows what it needs. All it takes is a little tuning in, a bit of understanding, and of course, not being afraid to talk about poop!
Until next time, stay radiant and poop healthy! 💩🌻