Your Poop, Your Pee
The telling signs of good health around your poop, your pee!
A regular bowel movement (at least once daily), prevents toxin build up in the bowel and from toxins being resorbed. Removing end products of metabolism, hormones, bacterial by-products, pesticides and chemicals are all passed through your stools. We want to ensure they are removed regularly.
Bristol Stool Chart
- The Bristol Stool Chart is a medical aid used by clinicians to track the digestive and gastrointestinal health in patients.
- Generally Types 3 and 4 (especially 4) are considered ideal. Types 1 and 2 represent constipation. Types 5 and 6 are making their way to become diarrhea. Type 7 means you’re having diarrhea (not so good). This is used as a guide to assess the condition of your movements.
- Be medium brown, the colour of plain cardboard
- Leave the body easily with no straining or discomfort and is the consistency of toothpaste
- Like a smiley banana!! A sausage-like shape. See the Bristol Stool Chart opposite
- Be approximately about 10 cm to 20 cm
- Enter the water smoothly without sticking to the toilet bowl
- Fully evacuate each time (no feeling like there is something left behind in the bowel)
- Have little smell or odour
A balanced Diet
A poor diet along with impaired digestive function contributes to constipation. Low fibre diets and diets high in processed foods including take-aways, eating out frequently can contribute to lowered fibre and less resistant starch in the diet that help to promote favourable balance.
Fibre aids the digestive process, stimulates muscular contraction and helps food more through the digestive tract. It is all about balance. You don’t want excessive fibre as this can also cause constipation however a reasonable 30-40grams is recommended along with plenty of water to hydrate and flush.
Increasing fibre is easy. Include soaked chia seeds, flaxseeds, or pysllium husk daily to promote and bulk the stool. It’s like a broom sweeping out your intestines.
Other signs and symptoms associated with constipation
- Indigestion – uncomfortable feelings after food in the intestinal area
- Bad breath
- High cholesterol
- Weight gain
What causes constipation?
- Low fibre
- Lowered digestive enzymes
- Eating on the run (not taking time to allow digestion to occur slowly and naturally)
- Constipation can occur in women premenstrually
- Oestrogen dominance or imbalance can also contribute
- Low thyroid function as metabolism is slower
- Over use of laxatives
- Stress and anxiety
- Travelling and not consuming your ‘normal’ daily foods and intake of water
- Magnesium deficiency – the great relaxing mineral
- Bacterial gut imbalance – Dysbiosis (as naturopaths call it)
- Lack of exercise
- Medication (check with your doctor whether your medication is contributing)
Are laxatives a good option?
Clinicians prefer to always find the underlying reason for your constipation, diarrhea or irregular pee concerns. We like to treat the underlying cause, rather than apply potentially harmful addictive laxatives. The long term problem with laxatives is that often the person relies on them, they become dependent which means your bowel stop functioning normally on its own.
Ideal Pee – The Shades of Yellow
- Pale pee means you are drinking lots of water, and maybe head to the toilet a lot throughout the day. Dark pee is often a sign of lack of fluid intake, and you need to drink more water. Food can sometimes be the reason for a red coloured pee. If you have not been eating beetroot or a food that is likely to impart that colour and you see red this is a RED FLAG. It needs to be investigated to ensure it is not blood. Murky cloudy urine could indicate a urinary tract infection and again needs to be investigated.
- What is the normal amount of water to drink daily? You need to have approximately 2 litres of filtered water daily. Over and above 3 litres is getting too high and can interfere with osmolarity of the body.
- pH Balance – A pH of 7 or slightly above is considered ideal. Anything that deviates to far into acidity (lower than 7 to 0), or into alkalinity (above 7 to 14) on a regular basis could indicate disease and needs to be investigated.
The Scoop on your Poop, https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/health-and-wellness/2019/march/poop
The Truth about Urine, https://www.webmd.com/urinary-incontinence-oab/truth-about-urine#1
What your urine colour says about your health, https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-what-the-colour-of-pee-green-pink-yellow-says-about-health