TUESDAY TIP: don’t be full of sh*t…literally.
I know this may seem gross or inappropriate but honestly, it’s very important and can be dangerous if not dealt with. Regular bowel movement is one of the ways our bodies excrete waste. So if you’re not having them on a regular basis, you could be full of toxins and grime that is poisonous to you.
Every time you eat or exercise you are communicating with your body and, if you pay attention, your body will speak back to you. Pain is your body’s way of saying you worked hard and sometimes, maybe TOO hard; such as an injury. A stomach ache is your body’s way of saying something you ate doesn’t agree. When you have a bowel movement, what you leave behind is another way your body communicates with you about what’s going on inside. The tips on this pictogram can be clues into what your body is trying to tell you.
Although frequency of bathroom trips vary from person to person, going more than 3 days without a BM is too long. If, more than 25% of the time, you find that you are straining, have hard stool or are not completing the “task,” that is considered constipation. In addition to lack of fiber and inadequate hydration, the following conditions may also lead to a decrease in regular BM:
-certain medications (anti-depressants, strong pain meds, iron pills)
-lack of exercise
-change in routine (traveling)
-large amounts of dairy
-overuse of laxatives and stool softeners
-resisting the urge to go when you have to (don’t hold it!!)
-colon cancer (if you have a family history, monitor closely and get checked regularly!!)
To promote regular, healthy bowel movement, eat a balanced diet full of fruits and veggies, drink plenty of water (about half your body weight in ounces on average), exercise regularly and GO when you have to! If you experience irregularity for more than 3 months, get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible.