First and foremost, when I discuss any sort of potential medical issues here on the blog, I want to say you should alway make your family doctor aware of any changes in your health – intentional or otherwise 🙂
^^ Now that that’s been said, today friends we are going to talk about gut health and poop. And feel free to make any kiddos a part of this conversation too, talking about poop is a weird but hilarious way to bond with your kids.
You might be thinking, ew really? Poop? That’s what we’re going to talk about?
Yes. And be honest, real friends talk about their bowel movements (and now, everyone is either nodding in agreement or I just outed my friends and I as serious weirdos.)
Anyway. I’ll be to the point.
I developed serious bowel issues when I was at University several years ago. I first went to the doctor complaining about cramping after eating and periodic blood in my stool. Over the next 7 years, I saw several doctors and specialists, had a colonoscopy, and a few different medications, and still no solution or explanation was ever really provided.
So three years ago, I decided to take control of my own gut health.
5 Steps to Getting in Touch with Your Gut:
1.) Cut out all beverages except for water and begin a food journal. Be honest and write down everything that passes through your lips.
Notice any food or eating trends that correspond with bowel problems? As you start to see corresponding trends in your eating and gut health, you can adjust your diet accordingly.
2.) In the same journal, record your mood in the morning and in the evening. Doesn’t have to be complicated, a simple good, bad or fine is enough. After recording your mood, with your hands on your stomach, take 5 deep calming breaths, and allow your stomach to relax.
3.) Start tracking your water intake. Personally, when I was younger, I thought I was taking in a lot more water than I actually was. Once I started accurately recording my daily water intake, I was able to make sure I was drinking at least the daily minimum each day until it truly became a habit. Tracking my water intake alone made a huge difference in my gut health.
4.) Pay attention and if possible try to record how your body responds to fibre. How are you obtaining your daily fibre? What are the sources of fibre? How processed are those fibres? If you see trends here that correlates to poor gut health, speak with a nutritionist or your family doctor .
5.) Begin a 15 minute daily yoga practice. Focus on stretches that relax and massage your stomach and bowels. Treat your gut with love and it will respond with love back 🙂
What’s your experience with gut health? Let me know in the comments!