This is possibly the “quietest” group ever on facebook, so I really hope you are doing ok? Please reach out if you are struggling and don´t be shy about posting any questions on the FB group.
So I´m going to wake you all up by mentioning POOP! Bowel motility and pooping is an essential component to healthy toxic elimination as you have read earlier in the programme. We should be moving our bowels at least 1-2 times per day and our food wastes should be getting out of our system within a 24 hour period.
This means that if we consume a meal at 12pm on yesterday, then we should have eliminated all the waste from that meal by 12pm on today at the latest.
Regular bowel movements cleanse the gut, sweeping along with them toxins destined for the outside world. This reduces the likelihood of these toxins being reabsorbed into the bloodstream. If this happens, the liver’s workload will increase as it’s forced to process the toxins all over again.
Some of the group have reached out regarding CONSTIPATION as an ongoing complaint. Occasional constipation can leave you feeling blocked up, bloated, and dreading the eventual painful bowel movement. Chronic constipation, on the other hand, means that’s an ongoing or recurring problem. Check the image to see if your “POOP” is normal.
There are two types of constipation: primary and secondary. Secondary constipation is due to factors, such as medication, neurological disease or physical intestinal disorders. Primary constipation includes functional constipation, the most common type of constipation, which is present when no underlying medical disease can be found.
There are many causes of primary functional constipation, including:
- Lack of exercise or reduced mobility
- Dehydration or lack of adequate hydration
- Not enough fibre in the diet
- Food intolerances
- Changes in habits or lifestyle, – travel, pregnancy, old age
- Gut microbiota dysbiosis, an imbalance in our gut bacteria
- Disturbances in the nervous system communication between the gut and the brain
- Impaired gastrointestinal motility, movement and transit of contents
- Disturbed gut transit time (are you taking the time to actually sit and relax on the loo!)
What does gut transit time mean?
The time it takes for the food contents to travel through the digestive tract is called the transit time. One of the main functions of the large intestine is to reabsorb water from the food waste to form the stool. If the transit time is slow, the stool will spend a longer time in the large intestine and become harder, drier and more difficult to evacuate.
Transit time is affected by numerous factors including:
- Our gut microbiota composition and balance
- Methane production by specific gut bacteria (methane production slows transit time)
- Low digestive muscle tone or low sensitivity to nervous system stimulation
- Lack of fibre (adequate fibre normalises transit time)
- Delayed stomach emptying (low stomach acid/poor bile flow)
NOTE: A blocked/compacted/toxic bowel will affect lymphatic drainage & overload the lymph.
Bowel movements may change during the programme when not being stimulated by caffeine. If you feel they are sluggish, move more, drink more, ensure you are eating enough insoluble fibre and consider using magnesium CITRATE and vitamin C to speed things up. These are safe 🙂
Example: Take 350 mg Magnesium Citrate in the evening, at bedtime to have a bowel movement in the morning. The additional benefits from taking magnesium at night include, calming effect, decreased anxiety and improved sleep.
Tomorrow we will look at different types of FIBRE.