Here’s a fun Wednesday topic… poops! We have experienced many funny things in this line of work, but nothing is funnier than when somebody tries to nonchalantly tell us they are having trouble with their number twos. So we are going to address this and give some easy to follow advice to ensure a nice regular flowing day.
Let’s start by defining what a good poo is; a good poop can be described as a “smooth” s-shaped bowel movement. Now how do we achieve such a wonderful thing? Well the first thing to consider is water intake, fluid absorption happens in the large intestine, this process is what turns your poops into something semi-solid. If you don’t have enough water your bowel can absorb to much water and essentially leave you with a dry brick of poop in your body which is hard to move. Not even the strongest core muscles can move an intestine full of concrete like feces.
So we’ve established water intake is important, now fat is also important, yes that’s right you need some fatty poops. A lot of people who start with a meal change usually cut fat out of their diet, this is counterproductive to losing fat. I’m not going to get into the science behind it but your body needs fat, one important thing it does is help “ease” bowel movements. So my suggestion here is increase your fat intake, now this isn’t in the form of Big Macs, choose quality fats such as those found in fish, and/or avocados. Try adding in some nuts throughout the day, a brazil nut for example is full of good fats and also has been linked to thyroid health.
We’ve established the importance of water and fat, now lets not forget the third piece of this puzzle; Fibre. We always hear about it on TV commercials and other streams of media, eat more fibre. Now the problem is the “popular” forms of fibre are processed, for example a FibreOne bar, very good for helping release chocolate sharks into the wild, not very good for most meal plans. You should strive to get your fibre from vegetable or fruit sources, a great one is Pumpkin a single cup of mashed pumpkin contains 3g of fibre and is a great post workout carbohydrate. Take a look at this list of poop friendly veggies and fruits;
- Potato with Skin
- Sweet Potatoes
- Dried Fruit
Hopefully by paying closer attention to your water, fat and fibre intake will help keep you regular, and with a few adjustments the Browns will go to the Superbowl everyday.