Discussing bowel movements and urination is a daily occurrence for me, and it is a vital process that can tell you so much about your health. So take a moment to reflect on your daily movements and see what your toilet is telling you.
Now that you have uncovered the “meaning” of your movements, here are a few suggestions I have for getting you back on track. **Remember, no matter what your situation is, healthy unheated sea salt and ample purified water is necessary for normal movements.
What does your poo mean?
Constipation (less than 1 movement daily)
Healthy bowel movements are dependent on water, healthy salt, fiber, and probiotics. Without these key factors, constipation is most likely to occur. In order to get back on track, that means 1-3 bowel movements a day, make sure to follow these guidelines:
* Drink half your weight in ounces of water daily
* Include 1 tsp of healthy unheated sea salt in your diet daily
* Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds in their whole form. Add chia seeds into the diet to help with bowl movements. 1-2 tbs. daily.
* Include fermented foods in the diet such as kefir, sauerkraut, and Kombucha
Adrenal Insufficiency and Resistant Constipation
Often resistant constipation issues are due to adrenal insufficiency. Adrenal glands are an overlooked but vital organ responsible for maintaining fluid balance in the colon and require a few basic nutrients for proper function. This includes water, healthy salt, natural Vitamin C, Magnesium Glycinate and B Vitamins. My favorite supplements to recharge the adrenal glands are the following:
1. Phyto ADR – a blend of herbs targeted at adrenal support
3. Live-Source, Probiotically-derived B Vitamins
Sticky Bowel Movements:
If you are having sticky, messy bowel movements, it’s most likely you do not have sufficient healthy bacteria in the colon. I suggest beginning on a therapeutic dose of probiotics. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that live in the gut. Oftentimes they are outnumbered by unhealthy bacteria due to stress, antibiotic use, the consumption of junk food and sugar. By taking a probiotic supplement, you can help restore the balance, thus decreasing the unhealthy bacteria and increasing the healthy bacteria.
My suggestion: Dr. Ohirra’s Probiotic Complex
If you have been taking a probiotic but have yet to see any change in your bowel movements, I would suggest trying natural bentonite clay. Oftentimes in this situation, the bowels have become too toxic by the overgrowth of bacteria or fungus, chemical or heavy metal levels, and inflammation. The introduction of bentonite clay into the diet as a supplement can help to bind to these toxic compounds thus restoring the bowels to normal.
My suggestion: Medi-Clay FX by Premier Research Labs
Bloody Urine or Bowels:
This is in indication of internal bleeding and I urge you to visit your doctor. In the meantime, I would suggest using one of the most powerful forms of Aloe offered in the market today. This form is called Aloe Arborescens and has some fantastic healing and anti-infective properties. I would suggest taking 2 oz every few hours to help repair tissue damage and fight any nasty pathogens causing inflammation in the body.
This is caused by the inability to digest fats, and ultimately is rooted in a gallbladder deficiency. This is very common in people who take medications, birth control or those who have relied on a fast food and fried food diet. My best advice is to eliminate any fried, or processed foods and get on a plant-based diet. I would also recommend supporting the gallbladder with nutrients found on my gallbladder program, and beginning on liver/gallbladder flushes.
Smelling, Messy Bowels:
The common denominator in this condition, is a lack of digestive power. Essentially, your food is not being digested and is rotting in the gut. This can lead to smelly, uncomfortable bowels that may occur every few days or every few hours. My suggestion would be to get on a Digestive Enzyme and HCL (hydrochloric acid) supplement with each meal. The combination of these two supplements will help you to properly digest your food while you can work on cleaning up your diet. Digestives enzymes are naturally released by the pancreas, while HCL (hydrochloric acid) is released by the stomach. They are both on charge of digesting and breaking down the food that you eat. Without out proper levels of enzymes and hcl, smelly, messy bowels can occur.
The secretion of these enzymes and hcl slows down as one ages. In addition, a diet rich in fried and fatty foods, animal products, dairy, processed foods and fast foods cause the rapid decline in enzyme and hcl release. Therefore, most people who suffer from digestive issues can benefit from digestive enzyme and hcl supplementation.
My favorite digestive enzyme: Digestive Enzymes Ultra by Pure Encapsulations
My favorite hcl supplement: HCL by Premier Research Labs
Murky urine most likely indicates a UTI or problems with the kidneys. If you suspect a UTI, I would suggest reading my article on natural approaches to Urinary Tract Infections. If you do not think it is a UTI, then I would suspect you are having a problem with your kidneys and I would recommend beginning a Kidney Cleanse.
My suggestion for UTI: Cranberry/d-Mannose by Pure Encapsulations
Alright my movement investigators, you have made quite a big step today! Drawing the connection between what comes out of your body and how it directly reflects the health of the inside of your body. Do not underestimate the power of healthy unheated sea salt, purified water and a clean Plant-Based Diet. Be nice to your body and it will be nice to you.
A Fun Fact:
Did you know that humans never used to need toilet paper? If your diet is clean and your gut is healthy, your poo should come out clean enough that you do not need even 1 square of paper! I have gotten there so I know it is not a lie. Something to strive for eh?