The Process of Elimination
& the value of being “pooped out”
So you already have to forgive me for my play on words, but this is important! To be truly healthy, we need to “evacuate” the bowels every morning, and for many of us, more than once a day. That sounds simple, but is not always easy. NOT emptying your bowels may make a huge difference in how you feel during the day.
Our bodies need to get rid of waste material, or we may feel fatigued, drowsy and irritable all day. If you don’t have a bowel movement every day on a regular basis, you may need to change some things in your life to avoid being constipated. A healthy colon will mean a healthier you. The colon not only eliminates solid waste, it’s also a major lymphatic drainage area. If the bowels are plagued or plugged, the lymph’s can’t drain.
Constipation can be a result of several diet or lifestyle factors such as a lack of enzymes and beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal system, not eating enough fiber, dehydration, stress, and/or ignoring one’s “natural urges.”
To beat constipation drink lots of water daily and consume enough fiber. The colon has to be moist. Water is crucial for proper elimination. Lack of water accelerates the plaguing in the colon. Sugar and caffeine habits must be examined and modified if necessary as both in excess are very dehydrating.
Try to consume at least 40 grams of fiber daily. Foods like brown rice, whole grains like quinoa, legumes, fresh veggies and fruit, and good fats, especially flax oil, are great. To relax the bowels, try taking Magnesium Citrate.
Poor digestion will lead to poor elimination. Improve digestion by slowing down. Relax when you start eating and try actually chewing your food! Your stomach does not have teeth. Reduce your stress- stress is definitely linked to constipation. Breathe, laugh, walk, stretch, sleep and rest! Try including a digestive enzyme with meals to release food nutrients. There are lots of great ones on the market.
Signs of poor digestion include a burning in the gut, gas, body odor, and bad breath. Want to lose weight? Try new ways to digest your food, and eliminate the waste.
The bowels aren’t the only elimination system! The human body has three other elimination systems- the lungs, the urinary tract, and the skin. Each system is specifically designed to eliminate excess and waste. If we don’t eliminate the waste, then it becomes a poison. The colon eliminates solids, the urinary tract eliminates liquids, the lungs eliminate gases, and the skin, also known as the “blow out valve” will eliminate all three.
SO, be aware of how your personal Process of Elimination is, and
do what you need to do daily to get “pooped out”!