It should float, be in one piece, not smell too bad, and you should do it every day. Yes, I’m talking about your stool. I decided to spare you the real pictures in this blog (you can google it), which is a part of a series of blogs on digestion, that I will end tomorrow with tips on cleanses you can do.
I haven’t met many adults that haven’t gotten a few, or many, symptoms of a digestive disorder. Something we just have to live with? No, not at all! If you get tired after eating, get flatulence, acid reflux, bloated or discomfort, it might be a sign of something wrong. Start to think about what you eat, before it gets worse, if you stress or sleep bad. A good check of your inside is what comes and if it doesn’t change back and forth too much it’s NOT worth getting and expensive stool test. You check your babies, and your pets poo, why shouldn’t you check your own? Animals do, why shouldn’t we? So lets talk about your poop, but before that make sure there is no moving parts (parasites), black or red spots (bleeding) or a lot of mucus (irritated) or pain (full-blown inflammation). In these cases you SHOULD seek help.
If it’s not floating, you probably haven’t eaten enough fiber rich food. If it’s not got a form, but is all loose or pieces, you probably haven’t digested properly, you might have too much fiber and therefore might have missed out on nutrients. If it’s sticky you might have eaten to much gluten, refined wheat and white rice or saturated fats and junk. A strong acid smell indicates rotten food meaning animal food (could also be your normal gut flora if you are Pitta-Dosha). If it is rotten food it can harm your intestine walls, such as meat (hanging is purification) or too much fermented food. The healthiest bellies eliminate once a day and goes through unnoticed, so be aware of how it passes. Need I say that vegans always have a perfect one?
Notice when and how you eliminate. Do you need a special place and peace of mind? If the body calls you should go to the loo. Body awareness is natural, but unfortunately nothing our society appreciate much, although I see a clear change nowadays as I’ve been aware of how we dislike natural urges for some 30 years and watching our society carefully. I do believe we can be modern and natural at the same time. If most of us aren’t ‘natural’, does that make us unnatural? I guess so, or at least unhealthy. Just look around you; how many are overweight? Spray themselves with toxic perfumes to avoid smelling like a human? Ask around; how many take petrochemical derived medicine or eat non-food “food” of any kind? There are so much good with modern life, and I’m hugely grateful to live now and here (specially being a woman) but still so we really have to think and read in the supermarket. I can only guess how it was to live in other times, even in the jungle, and I don’t think I want to go back, but health (Prana) is lost and the gut is the first to show you on a physical level (then it’s been going on for some time). I believe we can be both modern and natural and at Olive we are. We don’t use any toxins except for what is comes with the water, air and food that we can’t avoid. So start being aware of the chemical warfare around you, read up and get in touch with us if you want help.
Oh, and check your poo!