HEALTHY COLON = HAPPY YOU

HEALTHY COLON = HAPPY YOU

Today I want to draw your attention to a few things concerning body wastes.  I would not skin up my nose if I were you. Your body wastes are directly related to what you consume. What goes up must come down, and what goes in must come out right? Both liquid and solid wastes are what is left over after the body has extracted all the nutrients it can from the food you feed it.

WHO KNOWS IF YOU DON’T?

When you go to the doctor, the first thing the doctor does is ask you a bundle of questions. Why are you here? What symptoms do you have? What’s been going on? Once they have an idea, then they can hone in on the questions and be more specific. The reason is that the doctor has to ask these questions, is that you are the only person who lives in your body. If you tell the doctor you have a pain, they have to ask you what kind of pain? Is it a sticking pain, a numb pain, a throbbing pain? You are the only one who knows. Because you have a ring-side seat to the operations of your body, you should use this position to your benefit.

In order for doctors to investigate what is going on in your body they have to do tests. What do they test to start with? Your body fluids!!!  Blood samples, urine samples, and depending on what is suspected, you may be asked for a stool sample.  These samples from the body, divulge a myriad of information about what is going on inside your body, and the functionality of your organs.

 

I am a firm believer that experience is the best teacher. But I also firmly believe that you can also learn from other people’s experiences. I once had a colleague who was suffering from colon cancer. Obviously it would have been difficult to talk about the fact that you may be dying. I imagine it was even harder to come to grips with the fact that you may have contributed to the condition that you are in, and robbing your friends and family of sharing your life for a longer period of time. What was remarkable was that even at that stage and even as she struggled to save her life, she felt like she should use her situation to help others.

We know the clichés!! “Death may not be in vain.”  By dying she tried to help others to live. She implored us to look and see what is coming out of our body; because if she had, she would have noticed much sooner when her excrement were tainted with blood, and would have been able to act sooner.

Since you live with your body every day, there are simple observations that you can make, that will indicate if something is not going right.

URINE

The average bladder can hold up to 16 ounces of liquid. If you drink a lot you will urinate a lot. If you are not urinating at least four times during the day you are not drinking enough water.  Likewise, if you urinate more than eight times in one day, there may be a problem; which can be as simple as you are drinking too much water, or something more serious and requiring medical attention.

The color of your urine should also be noted. If it is it dark, and concentrated, either you are not drinking enough, or there is something preventing your kidneys from working properly.

If it is cloudy or murky it should not be taken as normal. Some things that can contribute to this are, medications you are taking, intense (mostly artificial) colors in your diet, the presence of a uterine tract infection, kidney stones, or too much protein in the diet.

Urine should not smell sweet; if it does, there may be a problem with diabetes.

STOOLS

How often do you excrete solid waste? Ideally, it should be as often as you consume a full meal. At least twice a day. Realistically, it should be at least twice a day. The size, shape, smell and shade of your stool can be indicators of conditions in your digestive system. Anyone who has ever dealt with a baby. knows the trauma that can be caused by any kind of digestive issues. As we get older, we take so much for granted, and ignore warning signs.

SHAPE

Firstly, if you are eating and not excreting: something is very wrong. Additionally, if you are excreting small pellets , or hard and dry stools occasionally, it means that the stool is staying in the body too long and liquids are being reabsorbed. You should try to increase water intake or eat more fiber. Only plant foods contain fiber. That stuff that you don’t want to smell, is sitting in your colon and releasing toxins into your blood which are subsequently being taken to every part of your body that blood goes.

Please note that some medications can contribute to this situation. I recall having to make a decision on taking  (iron proficient) prenatal vitamins. I think I decided that I need the extra iron way less than I needed to be constipated.  Some medical experts contend that all diseases begin in the gut and it seems like a reasonable assumption, unless you are injecting harmful into your body. In other words, everything that affects your body and your health is put into your body in some form.

Liquid runny stools means that food is moving through the body too quickly, so the body dos not get a chance to reabsorb liquids. If you did not intentionally do a cleanse, then it is likely that there is bacteria present, or you are using too much fiber. Back in Barbados, we all knew what to expect when it was mango season, and you had more mangoes that it was reasonable to eat.

We are probably more familiar with the fact that if, unwanted bacteria gets into your digestive system, (maybe through tainted food), the body flushes it out as soon as possible. It draws fluid from your body and combines it with the unwanted matter in an effort to flush it. We call this diarrhea. Your body knows that it is easier to get it out with liquid.

A few other conditions can lead to loose stools. One example is artificial sweeteners, which cannot be absorbed so they pull water from elsewhere to the colon in an effort to flush it out. If you use artificial sweeteners, and always have loose stools you can certainly check this on your own.

If you have floaters, this means there is too much fat in the stool. (remember:  oil floats on water) Either you are eating too much fat, or your body is not absorbing the fat in your diet properly. (an example is people suffering from celiac disease) Some weight loss drugs may cause this intentionally, but if it is not intentional it is a cause for concern.

Pencil thin stools means that some mass is blocking free passage, or there is some type of temporary restriction. Caked up residue can lead to limited space, over time, as well.

COLOR

Unless you are eating (or drinking) a lot of super greens or beets, your stool should be a light brown color. Too dark brown is usually an excess of red meat consumption, (which by the way has to rot in the body before it can be excreted.) Unexplained green can be a problem with undigested bile, and unexplained red can indicate bleeding in the lower digestive track , while a yellow stool can be a sign of gall bladder problems.

It is certainly not necessary to do any intense exam of your stool but just a quick glance every now and again can make the world of difference.

DO REMEMBER

When you don’t drink enough water, your stools are hard and difficult to eliminate. It sits there waiting for something to happen, and releases toxins back into your body, while it hangs out. Your body reabsorbs toxins several times per minute. Some of the sitting stool eventually clings to the inside of your colon, which, over time, can lead to major problems. I can probably relate some of the numerous problems that can occur from being constipated, and the medical names used to describe them, but the bottom line is, “keep your colon clean” You wouldn’t want to see sludge built up and sitting in your car’s engine, would you?

sick-colon

sick-colon

It has been reported that autopsies can reveal intestines that weight as much as 40 pounds. Consisting mostly of caked layers of mucous and dried fecal matter. It stretches the intestines to capacity and then starts filling on the inside to where there is only a tiny passage. Think of it as your garbage collector going on strike. Not a pretty sight: is it? I used to hear that “what you don’t see can’t harm you?” Big lie!!!

Modern day methods of colonics and chemical cleanses are used to combat this problem; as the dangers of impacted colons are well documented and is widely recognized as a problem. Fasting from carbs and meat for a few days will probably be just as effective and less dangerous. There are also several natural options for a colon cleanse that may take a bit more effort and time. Whatever method you choose, know that your colon health is important.

When I was a child, a dose of castor oil on a regular basis was a norm. Old people referred to as a clean out. Or if you were feeling distended or bloated. Epsom salts did the trick. Talk about clean out?

What concerns me is that most people take too much in stride. Kind of like “it is what it is.” Or throw their hands in the air thinking that there is nothing that they can do. As a matter of fact, there is everything you can do, that only you can do.

Pay attention to small things, correct small problems and avoid a lot of bigger ones. Remember feeding the body the right foods helps it to be able to digest it and eliminate it better.

Here is a bonus in the form of an audio recording. You will be glad you took the time to listen. Just click on the highlighted link.

                                    ” The Water Doctor” audio recording

 

                                              Treat your body right, and it will return the favor”

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