Your Poop Your Pee
Your Poop Your Pee
The telling signs of good health
- 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
Bristol Stool Chart
- The Bristol Stool Chart is a medical aid used by Naturopaths to track GI (gastro-intestinal) 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, while Type 7 means you’re having diarrhea (not so good). This is used as a guide to assess the condition of your movements.
Why is it important?
A regular bowel movement (at least once daily), prevents toxin build up in the bowel and from them being resorbed. Removing by products of metabolism, hormones, bacterial by-products, pesticides and chemicals are all passed through your stools. We want to ensure they are removed regularly.
A poor diet along with impaired gastrointestinal function contribute to constipation. Low fibre diets and diet high in processed foods including take-away, eating out frequently can contribute to lowered fibre and resistant starches in the diet 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 to much fibre as this can also constipate 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. Its 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 could be contributing)
Are laxatives a good option?
Naturopaths and nutritionist prefer to always find the underlying reason for your health concerns and it is the same with constipation and unregular pee. We like to treat the cause, rather than apply in this instance harmful addictive laxatives. The long term problem with laxatives results in dependency, meaning your bowel stops functioning normally on its own.
- The Shades of Yellow. Pale pee means you are drinking lots of water, and perhaps heading to the toilet a lot. Dark pee is often a sign of lack of fluid intake, so 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! Well this is a red flag. Bright red pee or blood in the stool is always something you want to get investigated by your doctor. Murky cloudy urine could indicate a urinary tract infection and again this needs to be investigated.
- What is the normal amount of water to drink daily? Naturopaths recommend approximately 2 litres of filtered water daily. Over and above 3 litres is getting too high and can interfere with osmolality of the body.
- pH Balance – A pH of 7 or slightly above is considered ideal. Anything that deviates into acidity (lower than 7 -0), or into alkalinity (above 7-14) on a regular basis could indicate disease and needs to be investigated.
If you have any concerns about Your Poop or Your Pee, consult with Karen Green for natural solutions!