Dear Health Junction,
Lately, I’ve noticed the quality of my poo isn’t the best it could be. Often, I have loose bowels while on other days, it seems to be more of a constapoo situation (looks dehydrated and hard). What do I need to do to get the perfect poo??
Thanks for sharing your poo story. I have heard many similar complaints and as Dr. Oz has pointed out, your stool is in fact a daily health checkup.
We should be pooping at least once a day and it shouldn’t hurt or rip as it exits. If it does, your poo needs a new “do”.
There are three things that are required for an excellent bowel movement that doesn’t result in having to use 1/2 a roll of toilet paper or on the flip side, being devoid of a daily bowel movement.
Hydration: your bowels need 8-10 cups of water each day to keep things moving. Water literally helps to flush out the colon. Try starting off with two 8 oz glasses of room temperature water with a squeeze of fresh lemon first thing in the morning. Water encourages peristalsis, that gentle contracting of the colon that is needed to push stool along the digestive passageway. Keep drinking throughout the day to improve your chances at a healthy poo.
Lubrication: squeaky wheel gets the grease (or poo in this case). If your colon is not lubricated correctly, stool is less likely to pass with ease. Lubrication is different than water and involves eating lots of essential fatty acids which can be found in fish, fish oil, walnuts, flaxseeds, and avocado.
Bulk: and by bulk, I mean fiber. Between 30-50 grams a day with a mix between soluble and insoluble fiber (soluble = nuts, whole grains, peans, bran, oats / insoluble = cabbage, carrots, apples, cauliflower, leafy greens). Just remember that soluble fiber especially does more damage than good if it’s consumed without a truckload of water. If you want to continue experiencing “constapoos” have fiber without water.
Try these three tips and let me know how things go.
The Health Junction
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