The Straight Poop
It’s time for my favorite topic…what goes in must come out, and how it comes out indicates if you are properly digesting, utilizing, and absorbing your daily nourishment. According to Digestive Wellness author Dr. Elizabeth Lipski, digestive dysfunction can lead to autism, headaches, arthritis, depression, chronic fatigue, autoimmune diseases, foggy thinking, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, etc. Digestive function is one of the first areas we address in holistic nutrition, if nutrients aren’t being properly absorbed and utilized bringing the body into balance will be very difficult.
What your stool looks like when it comes out is your first clue to how well you are or aren’t digesting your food. The Bristol Stool Chart was developed at the University of Bristol by Heaton and Lewis. Your transit time (the time it takes food to pass through your digestive system from start to finish) will determine the form and shape of your stool.
Type 1 has spent the longest time in the colon and type 7 has spent the least. Types 1-2 are hard to pass and can be related to constipation. Types 5-7 are loose or liquid and pass too easily, sometimes with urgency. The ideal stools are types 3 and 4, they should glide out easily with pleasant relief.
So there you have it! To improve your digestive function eat a whole foods diet, drink plenty of water, eat your veggies, consume healthy fats, reduce stress, exercise, determine any food allergies or intolerances, learn to relax, and figure out what truly nourishes you…your body will tell you if you just listen.