Everybody Poops

July 12, 2007 at 1:21 am | Posted in Links I Like, Nutrition Info | 4 Comments

Or do they? πŸ™‚

I came across two blogs the past couple of days that have discussed either an issue with poop or a need for more fiber. It reminded me of our own poop issues in our house through the years. You see, years ago I struggled with IBS. It was HORRIBLE!!! Let me just say…sometimes I would be hours in the bathroom buckled over in pain! I was even on medication to try and help it. Then, my daughter had issues with constipation as a baby and toddler. I mean the girl would go 4 to 5 days sometimes without a poop. And let me tell you…that makes for one cranky toddler!

So, what has helped us?

Well, definitely adding more fiber! And getting rid of all forms of the white, processed flour junk. And we also did a blood food allergy test. The actual test we did is called an IgG test. We discovered we were allergic to dairy and eggs (and my daughter was also allergic to soy). But, even if you are not allergic to dairy, I would recommend eliminating it because dairy is very constipating.

My first post on here was about Dr. OZ on Oprah. I love his very candid explanations about health and our bodies! Here is another article from him that I especially love – “Everybody Poops!”

Highlights include:
“You want to hear what the stool, the poop, sounds like when it hits the water. If it sounds like a bombardier, you know, ‘plop, plop, plop,’ that’s not right because it means you’re constipated. It means the food is too hard by the time it comes out. It should hit the water like a diver from Acapulco hits the water [swoosh].”

“What part of your body is most similar to your brain? The surprising answer is your small bowel, where most digestion occurs. If your bowel’s not happy, those same chemicals influence your brain.” (Goes along with the same principle I shared here about the Enteric Nervous System)

“We are the best health educated society in the history of mankind but we don’t take information and use it to motivate us to change our behavior.”

SO…how’s your poop?! Ha Ha…couldn’t resist! But, that is rhetorical, so please don’t answer that!

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  1. Thanks for the link to Dr. Oz’s article. We definitely have “poop issues” at our house. With my son being chronically constipated and my IBS. We are always trying to find new ways to find food to make us more healthy. I definitely believe you are what you eat. I like your hint about reducing white flour. We are still working on that and it is making a big difference!

  2. I have poop issues at my house but it mostly has to do with my three-year-old pooping on the stairs instead of the potty. πŸ™‚

  3. Hey Jill-
    Great comments. We need to discuss the taboo sometimes, for education and the empowerment to change!

    Dr. OZ’s quotes reminded me of a section in the Maker’s Diet where Jordan Rubin talks about the similarities between the bowels and the brain.. . going so far as to think of them as equals. Some of his scripture references are enlightening, too. Fascinating stuff to me. Have you read it?

  4. Funny post. Jordan Rubin is misinformed however. While the gut does possess nearly as many neurons as the brain, they are not capable of thought (nor does the colon “build up” fecal matter for years on end – this was disproven over a century ago. The only action the gut can take independent of the brain is to, well, you know…;)


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