As the Hippo-crates, the greats, put it, “all diseases begin in the gut.” So, in terms that you may better understand… when you ain’t poopin’, you ain’t bein’ all healthy and shit.
This is a (whole)istic blog. We are not about – and by “we are” I mean, “me are” – we’re not about telling you to run a few daily miles, drink 8 glasses of water, eat a lot of green vegetables, and cut back on sugar! Quite the complete opposite if you haven’t caught on yet AND we’re (me’re) going to continue to talk about how often and how well you poop, pee, fart, smell, taste, hear, feel, walk, talk, think, sleep, experience, love, hate, give, take, want, need, breathe, believe, and be!
Ranting aside, pooping is a necessary DAILY function to aid in the all-sought-after “total health & well-being.” Holy shit I cannot stress DAILY… DAILY… DAIL-EE function more than enough. WebMD (which is supposedly the go-to-mecca when the question begs “what’s wrong with me?!”) is out of their mother-freakin’ minds stating that “most people pass stools anywhere from 3 times a day to 3 times a week. If your stools are soft and pass easily, you are not constipated.” What kind of back-asswards logic is that? Telling people they’re not constipated when they have perhaps FOUR DAYS worth of rotting fecal matter constantly creating toxic gases, enabling a breeding ground for bad bacteria, and recirculating toxic water into the bloodstream!
I’m not trying to scare you – I’m trying to bring some bright awareness lighting into your foyer. If you’re not pooping on a daily basis – ideally 1-3 times depending on your body’s natural way doing things – then there should be a ring-a-ding-ding in your brain saying that there’s something wrong… not, “meh, I’ll deal with it later.” The poop isn’t really to blame in this situation – it’s just trying to be poop. The problem(s) lie within the digestive system (really every system is involved/affected but we’ll keep it simple), the amount of digestive enzymes and fluids produced, the ratio/type of bacteria present, the amount and frequency of hormones produced, the quality/amount of calories/nutrients/food/water that energizes said amounts, ratio/type, and systems, and… the power of choice.
Now, there could be a number of causes which prevent poop from getting the heck out…
- Inflammation of the intestines – a swollen intestinal wall creates a smaller passage for poop to get out, thus creating a blockage
- Increased production of estrogen, prolactin, parathyroid, serotonin, cortisol, and adrenaline hormones – when these are made in excess (due to a natural stress response) they become pro-stress, pro-inflammatory, pro-degradation of normal bodily functions and energies – it is wise to note that many situations can create these hormones in excess
- Imbalance of intestinal flora which can create an overdose of bacterial toxins which are reabsorbed into the bloodstream – good bacteria create a better “living environment” for poop to pass while toxins can burden the body’s functions
- Food intolerances and food allergies – the body can only do so much with food it literally cannot digest or handle – either the food burden’s the body from doing its job or it literally stays undigested
- Dehydration via over-hydration, under-hydration, lack of dietary salt/potassium/magnesium, water-retention, over-activity, excess stress, nutrient-void food - when dehydrated the body will often pull water from from your poop through the intestinal wall, thus leaving it hard to pass
- Not sleeping enough – You, betcha! The body rebuilds, recovers, and regenerates its energy reserves for the next day’s fun-a-palooza. If it doesn’t have enough rest to create said reserves to function as it’s supposed to then some corners will be cut.
These are just some of the possible causes, but, again, these “causes” are really just symptoms, too. Bring the body back into homeostasis – aka everything working in order with a holistic balance of the good and the not-so-good – and you’ll be smooth sailing. Keep that awareness up and take some time to put your poop (or the lack thereof) into perspective.
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