We all poop. But have you ever stopped to consider if your poop is a great one? You may feel better after pooping, but is it healthy? What is your poop really saying about you, your health and your lifestyle? If you’re not pooping in top form, it could be a subtle clue from your body that something is going wrong.
The purpose of pooping is to eliminate waste, toxins, and acid from our body; so, of course, the more often you remove that from your body, the better. First, I’m going to tell you the keys to a perfect poop; I’m going to give you my five top secrets to having your greatest poop ever – every time!
There are four keys to a perfect poop. If you’ve ever had a satisfying bowel movement, you know what I’m talking about, if not, take this poop assessment and see where you stack up.
Form: A quality poop is like a sausage or snake, and is smooth and soft. You want to ensure one fluid bowel movement that sticks together even after it hits the porcelain throne (no rabbit droppings or machine gun noises, please).
Frequency: Everyone is different, but the research agrees we should all poop every day. The range of healthy is typically 1-3 times a day, and it can vary day-to-day. Poop is toxic, and you need to get rid of it every day to make sure that you’re properly removing toxins. Some people even have bowel movements every time they eat. So how do you know what is right? Check out ease.
Ease: Normal poop strikes a balance between not having to push or strain, but also not having so much urgency you can barely hold it. If you’re spending 10+ minutes on the toilet or running to make it just in time, you do not have healthy bowel movements.
Elimination: A healthy poop is a complete one, but it should also be a clean one. If you never quite feel empty, or don’t get that ‘one wipe clean’ then you do not have healthy bowel movements. What you leave at the back door can signal bigger problems inside.
Keep reading to learn my top secrets to having your greatest poop ever!
How to Have the Best Poop Ever
Great Poop Secret #1: Healthy Diet
Perhaps this is no surprise, but if you don’t know by now that eating processed foods and junk are the worst thing you can do to your body, you need to be brought up to speed. Most of us know that a healthy diet means eating real, whole foods with fiber. Healthy fats, such as avocado, salmon, coconut oil and butter lubricate your colon for that perfect poop. Fiber and magnesium contribute to a healthy diet and allow for more frequent and healthy poops.
Great Poop Secret #2: Exercise
Look, I know you’re waiting for research to come out saying you don’t have to exercise, but I’ll tell you right now: give it a chance, and you won’t want to stop! Plus, the only way to get things moving down there is to get moving! Yoga, walking, stretching, a standing desk – anything is better than nothing; and, your bowels will thank you for it!
Great Poop Secret #3: Water
Water. Water. Water. If soda is the worst thing you can put into your body, water is the best. You can never have too much water, and the more water you have, the more hydrated you are, the more energy you’ll have and the better you’ll feel. If you are constipated, reach for a glass of water before a laxative, and you may be pleasantly surprised.
Great Poop Secret #4: Relax
Nothing binds you up more than stress. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to forget about ourselves. The most important thing for your health, next to food and water is sleep. It’s imperative that you get 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I know that’s not always possible, but our lives depend on it! Other ways you can learn to relax – even if you can only spare a few minutes a day – are to: breathe, talk to someone, so you’re not holding everything in, and relax with a massage or hot bath.
Great Poop Secret #5 Probiotic
Your gut is the foundation for all great poops, but it is a delicate area. Some probiotic helps balance the gut and allows it work to effectively break down waste into fecal matter. Most people benefit from a probiotic as our acidic diets kill healthy bacteria in the gut. A probiotic replenishes the healthy bacteria that cannot be replaced by diet alone. Similarly, you can increase probiotic foods such as yogurt, but look for a quality brand you can trust that is all natural, and that has active bacteria.
If you follow these top 5 secrets, you’ll be pooping happy in no time, and you will be proud each time you stand up. It will be a reward for taking care of your health!