NT 003: Constipation – Are you full of it?

Constipation (or poop and digestion in general) is something that a lot of people don’t talk about! We’re going to be talking about a lot of aspects of whole health throughout this podcast. Today is constipation – reasons you might be constipated, how to tell if you’re constipated, what an idea bathroom experience should look like and some tips on how to avoid constipation.

This blog post is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or disease. You always want to consult your healthcare professional and inform him or her when you’re making changes to your lifestyle pertaining to your health.

All areas of our life are connected. Especially our profession or business and it affects the other areas. We can’t compartmentalize one area and not expect it to eventually affect the other areas of our life. 

I really have a heart for talking about topics that people just don’t talk about. Whether they’re overwhelmed, embarrassed or just don’t know where to look. They might be scared to take a risk or the work that it will take to fix that area. Constipation is definitely one of those topics.

Constipation is having infrequent bowl movements. Ideally, you’d like to have 1-3 bowel movements a day. Two is great! If you are straining to pass a stool, that is a sign of constipation as well. 

Why do we get constipated?

  • Being exposed to different toxins in our lives.
  • Changes of diet.
  • Stress.
  • Lack of movement.

How do I know if I’m constipated?

  • Straining to pass a stool.
  • Infrequent bowel movements.
  • If your poop is hard, pellet like, incomplete or it’s not coming out all the way. (Check out this Bristol Stool Chart)

What is an ideal bathroom experience?

  • Pass 1-3 stools a day, preferably at least 2.
  • A slight odor, but shouldn’t be overwhelming. The longer it sits in your body, the longer it has to putrefy.
  • Medium brown in color. It can vary based on your diet or supplements.
  • Long and log-like pieces.
  • It shouldn’t take long and there shouldn’t be a delay.
  • Get yourself a Squatty Potty! This puts your body in the ideal position to pass stools.

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