The Daily Dump by Dr. T. Houston, ND, MDiv.
An excerpt from "Detox-Style"
Over the years, I have experienced countless encounters with patients and people in general who are embarrassed by their poop, embarrassed to talk about or look at their poop after they have finished eliminating. Given the chance, some would just rather not have one because that is just how disgusting they think their own bowel movements are. I must admit the aroma of a full bowel movement in the average person is usually not pleasant and depending on the meal you are eliminating it can at times be downright awful. Nonetheless, if it smells that bad on the outside of your body, imagine the damage it is doing by lingering around inside your body for too long. What if it never fully came out at all? Fecal matter is a complete waste product that is filled with bacteria and toxins that need to be eliminated from the body as quickly as possible. The longer it stays inside, the more damage it does over time. It is the cumulative impact of this type of toxic build up that causes disease formation in the body.
When people accumulate trash in their homes, they take it out to the curbside for the neighborhood sanitation to pick up and dispose of. The trash is overflowing with food products such as fat or the skin of meats, raw fleshy meats, fresh produce, and other leftover meals dumped into the waste basket, an odor consumes the house if the trash is not removed quickly. Imagine those same foods in a house with no air conditioner on a day that it is ninety-eight degrees outside. The stench will hit you before you can open the door all the way. The internal temperature of a human body is approximately 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit; therefore, waste products that sit around inside your body is putrefying, fermenting, and becoming rotten from all the heat and moisture. The only difference between what is happening with waste inside your hot homes versus inside of your hot body is that the smell is direct, the flies are visible, and the maggots are tangible, so you must get the trash out quickly. It is just as urgent inside of your waste-filled body. If you are only having a bowel movement once a day or a few times a week, the bacteria-filled waste material is not coming out at the same rate that you are being exposed to toxic filled meals and beverages.
For so long, bowel movements have been a TMI (too much information) matter even when talking to physicians. However, I am a naturopathic doctor and, for me, knowing full details of the characteristics of my patients' bowel movements is a very important component to understanding their health. I ask patients to get as descriptive about it as possible from color, length, shape, fullness, odor, additional particles in their waste such as blood, mucus, or undigested food, as well as how difficult or easy it is to eliminate. Understanding bowel characteristics provide me with a more in-depth clinical picture of existing health disturbances or those ailments that are in the making if left untreated. One of the most effective ways to manage, reduce, or reverse the disease process (if possible), is to regularly detoxify the body to give it the support it needs to continue to be a self-healing, self-repairing, self-regenerating organism. Therefore, maintaining good bowel habits becomes an imperative part of the process of supporting great natural health.
6-Steps to support healthy bowel function
1). Eat fiber rich foods that include dark leafy greens, vegetables in a multitude of colors, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains. This will give your colon the roughage it needs to sweep the waste out of the digestive track.
2). Eliminate or significantly reduce the consumption of red meat (beef, pork, lamb) and processed meats such as luncheon meat and hot dogs, all of which increases the risks of colon cancer.
3). Drink at least ½ of your body weight in ounces of water per day to help keep the colon lubricated to easily push out waste material.
4). Exercise regularly 3-5 times per week for 30-60 minutes to help stimulate the digestive tract.
5). Observe bowels after each elimination to identify changes in form and characteristics in relation to food consumption type and amount. Certain food sensitivities can cause changes in digestive patterns.
6). When food sensitivities are determined significantly reduce consumption or eliminate those foods from the diet to limit digestive insults.