Have You Pooped Today?
A well functioning colon is vital to your health and well being. As embarrassing as it may be, nearly all of us have suffered from constipation at one time or another, and for many, this is a chronic issue. Did you know that it is possible to have up to 25 pounds of undigested food, slime, and putrefied fecal matter trapped in your intestinal tract?
Healthy bowel movements should be effortless, well formed, the consistency of toothpaste, and occur after every meal. If you eliminate only once a day, every other day, or once a week, your body is full of toxic waste! A team of gastroenterologists at the University of Bristol (United Kingdom) developed the Bristol Stool Scale. It represents stools that are commonly passed and describes the correlation between the physical attributes of the fecal matter and the length of time it remained in the colon. This scale is a general indicator of the condition of the colon and should not be used as an absolute diagnostic tool.
- Type 1: A sure sign of constipation… the most common stools!
- Type 2: May indicate toxic constipation.
- Type 3: Normal
- Type 4: Normal
- Type 5: Soft diarrhea. It may indicate a possible risk for bowel disease.
- Type 6: Stools are mushy and may be toxic.
- Type 7: Severe diarrhea possibly due to bacteria or virus.
Consult your doctor.
Your well being depends on what you eat, when you eat, how you eat, fluid intake and how well your food is absorbed, and a general understanding of the digestive and eliminative organs is helpful when assessing your digestive health. The stomach is a storage and mixing tank; the small intestine absorbs most nutrients into the bloodstream to give us energy and provide building blocks for growth; and, the colon mainly absorbs water and eliminates waste and toxins.
Fecal matter that is trapped in the gut for long periods of time gets absorbed into the bloodstream and results in a condition called auto-intoxification (self poisoning) and provides an environment for non-beneficial bacteria, parasites, and a state of dis-ease to reign in the body.
Do you suffer from acne, allergies, bad breathe, bloating, belching, constipation, decreased energy, diarrhea, digestive problems, fatigue, hair loss, headache, heartburn, gas, indigestion, insomnia, low energy, low sex drive, poor sexual performance, poor memory, protruding gut, reduced resistance to infections, skin problems, weight gain, difficulty losing weight or slimming of your sides or waistline? All of these can be symptoms of a malfunctioning gut and auto-intoxification.
A sluggish gut is often the result of lifestyle… lack of exercise, diets high in fat and low in fiber, stress, and dehydration. Plant foods are the only foods that contain fiber! This includes grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds.
As you shift your lifestyle to improve digestion and elimination, you may also want to consider colon cleansing to remove help remove a build-up of waste and toxins. When you do not eliminate properly, deposits of feces may build up along the wall of the colon or in the pockets of the colon. These conditions can interfere with nutrient absorption and also with proper bowel function, and may lead to digestive problems, allergies, and more! Improper nutrition and ineffective digestion are considered by many health practitioners to be the ultimate sources of degenerative diseases, such as heart conditions, cancer, and autoimmune disorders.
Cleaning the colon to detoxify is not some new fad or technique. It has been in use since 1500 BC by the Egyptians. Dr. Elmer Lee introduced the first method used by many physicians in the USA for irrigating the intestines in the late 1800s
Colon hydrotherapy, a gentle cleansing of the colon with water, may aid in restoring and maintaining optimum colon health and whole body rejuvenation. For more information, please feel free to call Celeste Magnuson, I-ACT Instructor Level Colon Hydrotherapist, at 970.472.0995.