Did you know that anything less than 3 bowel movements a day is constipation? A lot of my patients are surprised to hear this. Your bowel movements are a barometer to determine how healthy you really are and where levels of systemic inflammation lie.
Let’s talk about the complications of not having regular bowel movements –
* PLAQUE – The standard American diet (SAD) with high fat, processed sugar, meat, and refined carbohydrates leads to “plaque” being attached to the intestinal walls which are why many children and adults alike are constipated. These plaques have a consistency like glue. I use specific protocols in my practice that work as an ice scraper on a windscreen, they clear out all of the plaques and then your bowels begin to work and you have more urging and satisfying bowel movements. Without treatment, these plaques are the perfect place for polyps and cancerous tissue to form and attach so having regular bowel movements and cleaning out this bowel plaque at least once a year, ideally twice a year is really important and beneficial. If you have any history of Bowel Cancer, Polyps, Diverticulitis, or Crohn’s Disease I really encourage you to get help with this sooner rather than later and make it a regular practice to seek treatment in this area. Prevention is ALWAYS better and less serious than cure when it comes to the bowel!
* ABSORPTION – many children and adults have food allergies and sensitivities that are undiagnosed. The damage these cause in the gut is they create microbiome imbalance which can cause issues such as Candida, Leaky Gut Syndrome, and low – no nutrient absorption. Gluten, dairy, wheat, and salicylates sensitivity and allergies can create permanent gut damage so it’s not something to take lightly. If you suspect you have issues with these foods eliminate them and seek treatment to heal your gut. Low absorption of nutrients can also be a contributing factor to exhaustion, adrenal fatigue, and autoimmune diseases.
* INTESTINAL TRANSIT TIME – if you do not eat enough fiber and raw foods you will experience low intestinal transit time and your food will ferment in the gut. This is the major cause of flatulence, abdominal distention, bloating, and constipation.
What your gut/bowel loves you to eat – fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, soaked grains, and legumes in moderation, and eggs. Your gut doesn’t like dairy, wheat, gluten, or meat. These are the first foods to eliminate entirely if you suspect you have a bowel issue or disease or you are trying to prevent bowel diseases that run in your family.
You hear me say this all the time, you don’t wake up one day with bowel cancer! Unfortunately, many patients seek help when they are already in great discomfort and they have little to no health in their microbiome, their microvilli are all but dead and they react to every food they put in their mouths. This doesn’t have to be the case!
Listen to your body – stomach pain, less than 2 bowel movements every day, bad breath, constipation that alternates with diarrhea, and incomplete bowel movements are signs and symptoms and I can help!