It’s not like we’re talking to co-workers or other people and asking how many times a day we’re pooping so many of us don’t realize what normal looks like.
Many of us are taught that “potty talk” is inappropriate and even though I talk about digestion I still don’t like my girls using the word FART! Eww..gross! See?
SO many of us aren’t addressing our digestive issues or even aware we have a problem. So let’s start those conversations now.
So what is constipation? Regularly having infrequent bowel movements.
What is frequent?
1 to 3 times a day is good but two to three is ideal depending on how much you at that day.
Think about it? You eat, your body takes what it needs from the food, and the rest is waste.
You don’t want that waste staying in the body longer than it has to.
Let me start with a story. In episode 1 I mentioned I was looking for love in all the wrong places and it wasn’t that my boyfriends were bad but depending on them for acceptance and belonging isn’t healthy.
I became close to my boyfriend’s family after my dad died and looked for a place to belong. I was living in Corpus Christi and had no other family. I even moved in with my boyfriend’s family at one point.
He and his brother had a separate little apartment in the back of their parents’ house. Guess where the bathroom was? In his brother’s room!
Imagine two college-age guys with girlfriends. They want their privacy! So his brother would lock his door after a certain time so I just didn’t go because I didn’t want to go into his parents’ house.
It wasn’t good. The pain got really bad and I had to go to the ER. I will never forget the nurse’s reaction when she looked at my X-ray.
“Ok, now honey…look…you’re just full of shit. That’s your problem!” I was like “Oh my God…how embarrassing.” So yeah, I really was full of it.
I never liked using public restrooms since I was a kid. I would hold it all day during school and it affected my digestion.
Even stress, diet, lack of movement can lead up to constipation.
So now that I’ve shared some of my embarrassing stories about constipation, let’s go over some other signs of constipation.
Signs of Constipation
- Infrequent Bowel Movements
- Straining to pass stools
- Incomplete stools
Magazines in the bathroom – You probably remember your dad or someone staying in the restroom FOREVER with reading material. This is not the place for leisure reading!
This is 40 Movie – Paul Rudd – sitting on the toilet with his device in his hand hunched over reading it.
FOCUS! Git r done and get out of there.
You may be listening to this right now in the bathroom! I had to break myself of this when I noticed my girls were taking devices with them.
Ideal Potty Experience
- 1 to 2 stools a day, preferably 2 to 3
- Low odor – Can be slight but shouldn’t be too strong
- Medium brown in color – can vary depending on some foods
- Long, log-like pieces
- No straining
No time for social media scrolling! Focus and Finish!
Squatty Potty is an awesome invention that helps your poop and potty protocol. It goes up against your toilet to allow you to have your feet up higher and in a better position for pooping.
You want to be up nice and straight so your colon isn’t kinked.
Before toilets, people would squat and some still do. Like in camping when you “cop a squat”. The link is below. Check it out!
It’s all about true holistic health so other things may be contributing to your digestion.
Stress is a big one and it can affect this as well. Health begins in the gut.
We’re exposed to environmental toxins even when we’re careful and holding it, and lack of movement (especially at a desk job) affect us as well.
If you’re working at a desk:
- Make yourself take a break and get up from your desk
- Walk around for a few minutes
- Stretch and undo some of that sitting position
- Try taking the stairs if that’s an option
- Keep water at your desk so it’s in view
Think about the amount of time you’re sedentary throughout the day. It adds up!
Things to try in the mornings to get things moving and have more energy
- Drink warm water with lemon first thing in the am before your coffee
- Fit in some squats and stretches before getting ready and heading out the door
Try some of those things and see what helps. Listen to your body, become your own health advocate, and work with your health professional to achieve optimal health.
Be mindful of just doing a detox or cleanse. Depending on how toxic our body and organs are we can actually get backed up if we’re not using the proper protocols.
If it’s a quick fix it’s not going to be sustainable. You may lose some weight in the beginning because you’re losing toxins but in the long run you need to keep asking why and go upstream for each symptom and get to the root for sustainable change.
Take the time to find out what’s going on with your body and WHY so you can take the best approach.
I’ll put links to some great book below as a starting point.
I hope you learned something today. If you’re not constipated…congratulations! You’re a huge step ahead of many people. Our SAD (Standard American Diet) leads to many symptoms.
Remember ALL areas of our life are connected and affect the others. We can’t compartmentalize. Relationships, food, movement, career/life, spirituality all play a role in our health AND business!
Cheers to a Healthy MIND BODY BUSINESS!
Want behind the scenes look of unprocessedJESS? Follow me on Instagram http://www.instagram.com/unprocessedJESS
*I may receive a commission from products purchased through these links*
Squatty Potty http://shrsl.com/101zj
Inner Transformations using Essential Oils https://amzn.to/2MknOvR
The Beauty Detox Solution https://amzn.to/2l4FNKt
Bristol Stool Chart https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_stool_scale