Okay, here we go… Recently I wrote about having constipation most of my life thinking it was normal. So today, I want to let you in on a few things I’ve discovered and give you a little scoop on poop.
Did you know that your poop should be the approximate shape and size of a banana? And it should come out as easily as toothpaste that’s given a gentle squeeze on a new tube of paste? No straining necessary.
Did you know that your body has a regular rhythm? It is detoxing during the night when you sleep. And your body’s natural time to have a bowel movement to get rid of waste is between 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Our bodies are amazing! Everything works together and affects the entire body.
It wasn’t until I started tracking the foods I ate as well as other factors/stresses occurring in my daily life, that I really became aware of my constipation problem. Seeing it on paper and being able to start noticing changes was revolutionizing for me. As I began to know and understand how my body reacted to things, I could recognize and make choices that made me feel better.
A personal health journal page is included in all our Farm Girl Fresh Menu Guides and with our Winter Menu Plan. We encourage you to start writing down foods you eat, digestion issues, bowel movements, daily activities, etc. Everyone’s body is unique and reacts to things differently. What makes me constipated might make you have loose stools. By journaling daily, you should begin to see patterns developing and start recognizing what causes positive or negative changes in your health.
Below is the Bristol Stool Chart. This is a very helpful tool when keeping track of your bowel movements. In your health journal you can simply write down the number. Type 3 and 4 are labeled normal.
Graphic From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_stool_scale
I’m excited for you to become “in tune” with your body and be aware of choices you make that will reflect positively on your health!