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Healthy Poop – How Healthy Are Your Stools?

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Many people wonder about the frequency of their bowels movements. Is three times a day too frequent? Is once a week frequent enough? The true answer is that there are no hard-set rules as to how often is normal and healthy. Though the majority of people move their bowels once a day, I personally look at the animal kingdom for a more honest answer. Animals eat clean natural live foods and go to the bathroom 3-5 times a day. This, along with other research, has led me to believe that people should have 3 bowel movements daily.

You can usually think of your bowel movements as healthy if you…

  • Have regular bowel movements that occur around the same time each day.
  • Do not experience pain, bloating, or other symptoms of constipation or diarrhea.
  • Can have a bowel movement without straining or using a laxative.

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Healthy Poop – What it Looks Like?

Your stool will take the shape of your colon. And the consumption of certain foods, medications, and vitamins will affect how your stool looks and smells. But in general, you should expect your stools to be some shade of brown, usually about the color of peanut butter. They should be soft but well formed, and should be roughly the size and shape of a large sausage, although this can vary with the frequency of your movements.

Healthy poop may vary in size, shape, and consistency, depending upon a number of factors. But, it’s important to remember that healthy stools DO NOT contain blood, and are never black or tarry.

Factors that Affect Your Poop

Healthy poop is affected by the following factors:

  • The normal functioning of the bowels
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Age
  • Medications
  • Disease

The Normal Functioning of the Bowels

The nerves and muscles in your intestinal tract help move food and waste through your system and aid in the production of healthy stools. If these nerves and muscles are damaged by surgery or illness, it may become increasingly difficult to have a bowel movement. In addition, toxins that are allowed to build up in your intestinal tract will block the passage of stools. If this is the case for you, a colon cleansing supplement, such as Oxy-Powder® can be used to clear away compacted fecal matter and improve the functioning of the bowels.

Diet

Chronic dehydration is a major cause of bowel problems. You need a certain amount of fluid in your body to keep your digestive system operating smoothly. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will soften stools and keep food and waste moving through your system.

The foods you eat also play a major role in your bowel movements. Foods that are high in sugar, fats, and white flour, and those that are highly processed or microwaved, are difficult to digest. These foods tend to leave behind a layer of undigested matter that builds up on the walls of the colon and intestinal tract. As mentioned earlier, a colon-cleansing supplement can be used to soften this undigested matter and keep it moving through the system.

Eating a diet that is high in fiber with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables will help you make healthy poop.

Exercise

Exercise stimulates the muscles of the digestive system and the movement of stools through the gut. A regular exercise routine will help to ensure healthy stools.

Age

The functioning of the bowels tends to change with age. Bowel problems are more common as people become older and less active. In addition, seniors tend to have weaker abdominal and bowel muscles.

Medications

Bowel problems such as constipation and diarrhea are common side effects of many medications and medical procedures. For example, certain types of cancer and chemotherapy medications can cause bowel problems, as can some types of pain relievers. Be sure to talk with your health care provider about the possible side effects of any medications that have been prescribed.

Disease

There are a number of medical conditions that can affect your bowel movements. These range from minor problems, such as hemorrhoids, inflammatory bowel disease, and infections to more serious conditions such as cancer. Talk with your health care provider if you are concerned about the nature of your stools.

About the Author

Dr. Edward F. Group III continues to develop, sell and evaluate exclusively high-end natural and organic healthcare products to support a wide range of health conditions. The products he promotes are free of toxic tag-along herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, heavy metals, fumigants, irradiation, liver-toxic glues, binders, or gelatin capsules with animal-source risk and toxic preservatives.

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