When’s the last time you pooped? I mean really pooped…
Oh, wait… are we not there yet?
Haha, my bad. (*nervous laughter*)
See, the average adult has between 5 to 20 pounds of poop built up in their digestive tract – just waiting to be excreted (but instead is stuck) and resulting in a slew of health issues.
- Weight gain
- Fatigue and Low Energy Levels
- Poor Nutrient Absorption
- Slow Metabolic Rates
- Skin Issues (acne, breakouts, eczema, etc.)
- Joint Pain
- Poor Digestion
- Brain Fog and Increased Mental Health Issues
- Low Immunity
And so much more.
Now you might be asking yourself, “So why is my poop causing THAT many issues? And why is it stuck in the first place?”
Great questions, my friend.
Hang with me and I’ll show you:
- How to get to the root of the problem
- How to properly relieve yourself in the restroom
- How to restore your digestive health easily
What’s Causing the Roadblock?
Our digestive system is similar to a highway – where waste navigates thin passageways to eventually arrive at its end destination.
But what happens when there’s a traffic block?
Perhaps we realize a change in our stool, and we identify there’s a problem.
Or, too many of us are already backed up – but it appears to be our “norm” and we fail to realize how much better we feel until we can finally relieve ourselves.
So many people end up dropping “those few extra pounds” by simply saying goodbye to the backed-up waste – along with reaping the incredible benefits of being able to restore your gut health.
Oh yes, your gut health – this is the root of the problem, but no worries – it’s not your fault!
And incredibly easy to restore with the proper techniques.
What is Gut Health and Why Do We Care?
This was a new term to me when I stumbled upon it, but after discovering how many bodily processes that the gut controls – I genuinely felt that I had uncovered one of life’s greatest kept secrets.
Simply put, your gut health is your everything – your ticket to losing weight, healing your mental health, and feeling the same energy as when you were a kid again.
See, your gut – the part of the digestive tract that contains the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine – helps to properly detox your body by excreting unnecessary waste, regulate your metabolism, increase nutrient absorption, aid with weight management, and so much more.
For instance, our gut alone controls:
- Healthy Digestion
- Weight management (and weight loss)
- Skin Health
- Nutrient Absorption
- Heart Health and Cholesterol Levels
- Brain Clarity and Mental Health
- Hunger and Appetite
- Bloating and Inflammation
- Chronic Illnesses
But for the sake of this article, we are going to mainly focus on being able to restore your gut health in order to properly excrete the stored toxic waste that has accumulated in your digestive tract.
This magic all happens by beneficial bacterial strains found throughout the gut’s inner linings.
And while normally the word “bacteria” is something we grab the Lysol wipes for, there are good strains that perform certain helpful tasks to regulate these processes.
I’m talking trillions of strains of bacteria.
So in order for our body to function properly and excrete the built up waste material, we must restore our gut health and these healthy strains of good gut bacteria.
Failing Systems: And Not Just Digestive
It’s no wonder that the average American has an average of 8 undigested meals just hanging around the digestive tract at one time.
The US has been called “overfed and undernourished” and it’s not our fault.
See, the food industry became an industry about the time of the industrial revolution. More people were cranking out larger families and the baby boom led to more mouths to have to feed.
So, we pulled together our resources (factories) to solve the problem (higher demands of food).
The problem resulted that these “products” were processed, heavily industrialized, and manufactured with a slew of additives, artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, GMOs, and a slew of other health hazards.
Even the foods that we are led to believe to be healthy for us (i.e. gluten free, lactose free, low fat, reduced sugar, sugar free, fat free, etc.) are usually a load of starches and unhealthy alternatives.
Sure, it does not have THAT ingredient in it – but what else it contains is far more harmful to our digestive systems.
This weighs heavily on us because we are not in control – but we can be.
By educating ourselves and understanding how the system works, we learn the real ingredients that make up our foods and better prepare ourselves to understand the genuine health content of our foods.
Afterall, food = energy.
So it’s truly the health of our foods that determine the overall health of our bodies.
The War of Good Versus Evil
There truly are the “good guys” and the “evil villains” found in our gut – and they are the bacterial strains.
- Good bacteria come from a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet made from real ingredients. They can also be found in supplements, such as probiotics.
- Bad bacteria come from these unhealthy, processed foods that are a common staple in the modern western society.
And these bacterial strains crave company that is like them.
This is why a lot of people have a sugar stemmed addiction from their chronic diet.
Did you know that sugar is 10x more addictive than cocaine?
That’s insane… but oh, so true.
This is because these sugary, processed foods are made up of these bad bacterial strains, which then get into your gut and replenish themselves.
So, the war begins with the good versus the evil.
This is why restoring your digestive health is so important – we need these good guys to win in order for our bodies to thrive.
Good thing is – improving your gut health and “getting everything moving” along in the right direction is a lot easier than you’d believe.
Before I break down how to restore your digestive health, I want to give you some simple, everyday tips and pointers to help you to begin to flush out the backed up waste that’s been hanging out for too long.
Time to evict the waste – here’s some simple tips and pointers.
Brief Tips and Pointers to Make Habits to Relieve Up to 20 Pounds of Poop
1. Drink Plenty of Water
Water is an incredible detoxing mechanism that helps to flush your system and push those unwarranted toxins out of your body.
Below is a chart to help you to gear where you are with your stool’s overall health.
And guess what?
What comes out of your body is a great indication of what’s going on inside.
So, don’t be afraid to analyze it!
Be sure to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, or more depending on what makes you feel best. If your pee is coming out a yellowish shade, that’s a great indication of your body asking for more water.
2. Relax and Enjoy a Yoga Sequence
A lot of people think that workouts have to be intense to see results.
But what’s a great life hack is to Youtube “Yoga for Digestion” and select a video that interests you.
My personal favorite video is Sarah Beth’s Yoga Sequence HERE.
Just by taking ten minutes a day, you can easily stimulate your digestive system and give it the motivation it needs in order to push out that stored waste.
3. Eat Foods High In Fiber
Foods such as dried prunes would be a great source of fiber. Sometimes your digestive system just needs a healthy push, and high fiber foods are sure to give you that needed encouragement.
Dried dates are great in oatmeal, on top of salads, and an easy ingredient to incorporate in several different simple recipes.
Other foods high in fibers are:
- Split peas
- Brussel sprouts
If you consume too much fiber, you’ll experience unwanted gas and bloating, so don’t go crazy with the fiber – but incorporate just enough to give your digestive system a nice little shove.
4. Simple Exercises
By getting your body moving, the muscles in your lower digestive system become stimulated. This is the part of the alimentary canal that rids the body of waste and toxins.
This doesn’t mean you have to go lifting 200 pounds or running a marathon – a brisk walk or a short run should do the trick.
5. Make Healthy Habits Routine
Your gut health does not vary day to day, but rather is a result of your chronic routines.
This is why establishing healthy habits is so crucial, but also, having that cheat meal ever so often does not do much damage – as long as you live a typically healthy lifestyle.
And it takes 21 days to establish a habit.
If you’re interested in restoring your digestive health quickly, I’ve made things very easy for you in my 21 Day Gut Health Challenge.
7 Ways to Restore Gut Health
1. Consume healthy, wholesome, real ingredients
Foods can either hurt or heal our digestive tract.
And frankly, it’s up to us and what we decide to eat for how our bodies will feel.
So what I emphasize is filling your diets with anti-inflammatory foods.
These are real ingredients that the digestive system is easily able to identity as food – because guess what?
That’s ALL it is!
No processing, hybridizing, or manufacturing.
Just real food made from fresh ingredients to create simple meals and healthy lifestyles.
2. Stay Hydrated
Water is incredibly important since keeps your body hydrated, energized, and detoxed.
A detox is nothing more than a “natural flush” but it essentially “flushes” the waste and inflammatory toxins from your system – keeping you feeling fresh and shooting your energy levels through the roof.
3. Maximize Nutrient Absorption
The primary job of the small intestine is to absorb nutrients from our foods; however, when our gut is unhealthy, we are unable to properly do this.
This means that even though you could be eating healthy foods, your body is not able to uptake the nutrients, and therefore, your energy levels will remain low.
So what’s a great life hack is to incorporate superfood powders into your daily routine.
The key is in the powder.
These powders are composed of foods that are rich in anti-oxidants and countless health benefits, but the most important thing is this – since they’re a powder, they absorb directly into your blood stream and do not even have to wait to be processed through the digestive tract.
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I’ve found I get the most bang for my buck, and trust me, I’m never one to throw money at supplements. I did that for too many years trying to find solutions that ACTUALLY work.
But Your Super is the easiest way to maximize energy levels while also working to repair digestive health.
Win – Win.
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4. Choose the Right Probiotic for You
Selecting a probiotic can be tricky because you never want to waste your money or your time.
But probiotics can be a great way to support your digestive health since they are beneficial strains of healthy bacteria that are able to get into your gut and work their magic.
Here’s a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a probiotic:
- You want LIVE strains of bacteria (many probiotics have “dead” strains, which when added to your digestive system do absolutely nothing. You need live strains that can continue to flourish your digestive tract with incredible benefits and more beneficial bacteria)
- Expect to pay anywhere from $25-$60/month for a good probiotic
- Read the reviews – it can be really helpful in deciding if the probiotic is right for you.
- Probiotics are measured in CFUs (colony forming units)
- The probiotic should have at least 10 Billion CFUs – less strains will simply not be as potent and beneficial (again, you want LIVE strains)
- Become familiar with the nutrition label – it tells you everything you need!
5. Reduce Stress Levels
This one was almost laughable to me for years – up until the time when I realized how much reducing my stress helped both my mind and body.
You know you. What really relaxes you?
Don’t contort yourself into a pretzel if it doesn’t bring you Zen. Or do if it does.
I know that I relieve my bloating and digestive distress with this short ten minute free Youtube video: Yoga with Sarah Beth
Walking, meditating, spending less time on social media, enjoying time with loved ones… all great ideas!
So think about it… what works for you?
6. Get Enough Rest
When we sleep, our body restores itself. Therefore, taking the time to relax our mind and body before bed helps us to achieve a deeper, more restful sleep.
I know I’ve been bad in the past about being on my phone too much before bed, and even the night-time mode keeps my brain awake as I’m scrolling through social media feeds and taking in that much content.
So, what I try to do is to make a habit of no phones in bed.
Sure, it can be hard.
But I sleep so much better and wake up feeling more refreshed – because that is what sleep is designed for when it comes to our bodies.
7. Perform Gentle Exercises
See, most people think that pushing the body to it’s greatest limit creates the most effective workout.
But during this time, you want to be gentle and forgiving towards your body.
This means doing simple exercises like yoga, pilates, or walking. You don’t have to push your body to the max when you are healing yourself.
So remember patience and forgiveness in the meantime.
You deserve it – you really do!
Take With You When You Go...
Your body communicates to you and it’s up to us to recognize these signs and signals.
If we treat the symptom, it will likely return. But if you treat the problem – you fix the issue.
This is the great thing about your gut health. I felt that discovering this central command center for the body was like discovering one of life’s greatest hacks.
By simply restoring ONE aspect of your body, you THRIVE in so many various fashions.
If you’re interested, I’ve created a challenge to help you to restore your gut health in 21 Days.
Be sure to check out Happyness Is Key’s 21 Day Gut Health Challenge HERE!