Problems with the colon or rectum, including intestinal obstruction, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or diverticulosis
Hello Everyone, I know this is NOT what you like to talk about, but that in itself is a Problem
So I'll talk (or type) and You listen (or read)
By now, you all know I have Coached thousands of people, and 90% of those are Woman...and in these 25 years I have collected a lot of Data and had Lots of conversations
And this Conversation is a very IMPORTANT one to have.
Before I continue...When given the opportunity I have fixed or corrected many many many gut issues for my clients...and because I'm not a doctor...that means I have done it with zero medication ;-)
So, for today...Let me give you all some basic info and some basic solutions
Here is one of the things I have observed....Holding it
Sometimes, people need to poop, but the timing is socially inappropriate, or they feel embarrassed about pooping in a public place. Although holding in poop on occasion is not harmful, people who have a habit of doing this may develop constipation or more severe complications
People who hold in their poop too often may start to lose the urge to poop, which may result in fecal incontinence. Other people may experience constipation. Constipation can be very uncomfortable, and it may lead to more severe problems.
Some of the info I have collected, suggests that children who experience constipation may develop the habit of holding in their poop to avoid painful bowel movements. Some children may withhold their poop if they find toilet training too challenging.
I've noticed the Jr will not stop gaming sometimes if he is really into his game and won't stop for #1 or #2
When people develop stool-withholding behaviors, they are putting their health at risk.
People should pass stool when their body signals the presence of stool in the rectum. Although the timing may not always be appropriate, doctors recommend passing stool as soon as possible once the urge arises.
People’s bowel movement schedules are different. Some people pass stool once every 2 days, whereas others poop multiple times per day. Pooping frequency depends on a person’s age and their diet, but most people will poop between one and three times per day.
A change in bowel movement scheduling may indicate constipation. These changes are subject to individual differences. For example, in people who usually pass stool once every 3 days, a normal, well-formed stool occurring once a week may not require medical attention.
People should pass stool when their body signals the need for a bowel movement. If the timing is inappropriate, they should try to pass stool as soon as possible.
The porcelain throne. For adults, it’s a no-brainer. But for kids, it’s a strange, new world...However...because I ONLY Coach adults I will tell you most people avoid going or want to rush it
Most professionals recommend spending no more time on the toilet than it takes to pass a stool. Studies have shown that the average bowel movement takes 12 seconds. Sometimes it does take longer, however, so at maximum, you should not spend more than 10 minutes on the toilet.
But AGAIN...it depends...I'd say stop what you are doing when you need to go, and stop rushing it
Should you squat or should you sit?
There’s been a lot of noise in recent years about whether squatting on the toilet is better for you than sitting. But what does science say about pooping posture?
There haven’t yet been a lot of large scale studies investigating squatting versus sitting. What we do know is that there’s an optimal body position to be in when doing your business if you’re taking a seat.
The Continence Foundation of Australia recommends:
sitting with your knees higher than your hips (use a foot stool or other flat, stable object if necessary)
lean forward and put your elbows on your knees
relax and bulge out your stomach
straighten your spine.
NOW WHAT ARE SOME SOLUTIONS
For regularity, try to make these tips part of your daily habit.
Add more fiber to your diet, with fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, beans, and whole grains. You should consume at least 14 grams of fiber per day for every 1,000 calories in your diet. If you need to take a fiber supplement for chronic constipation, start with a low dose and increase as tolerated. For some people, a large amount of fiber can lead to bloating.
Exercise most days of the week with a daily walk, jog, bike ride, swim, or other form of exercise. Light exercise helps maintain proper circulation and can keep the bowels healthy.
Consume plenty of liquids — mostly water and other clear liquids — every day. Aim for at least eight 8-ounce glasses of clear liquids per day.
Manage your stress.
Never “hold in” your stool.
FUNNY...According to Harvard Medicine they say
Stay hydrated. Drink at least four to six glasses of fluids a day. Water and fruit juices are best for preventing constipation.
Bulk up on fiber. Try to get at least 25 grams of fiber daily from your diet. Good food sources include Brussels sprouts, apples, figs, bran cereal, and black beans.
Get on a daily schedule. The longer stool sits in your intestines, the harder it becomes, and the more difficult it is to push out. "That's why having a regular bowel habit is important," Dr. Rosenberg says. Because the emptying reflex works best after a meal, "I tell my patients to eat a good breakfast, and
after breakfast go into the bathroom and sit there for 10 minutes. See if you get the urge."
Again, I understand people don't like to talk about it, but that is a problem...
Over the next few days I will talk about the gut, hormones, IBS, and all kinds of other things