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  • Writer's pictureSarah M.

A Solid Number Two

For something that we all do on the regular, most people rarely ever talk about their bathroom ventures openly. It’s not exactly the best brunch topic. And I'm not saying that you should bring it up in your next Zoom meeting or barbecue outing, I just want to remind you that it is perfectly normal and part of your routine (hopefully).

We are taught that it's gross and unacceptable. Too many think we aren't even supposed to act like we have bowel movements, and far too many are afraid of pooping at all, especially in public. I'm not saying that I'm completely shameless, I would just like to point out that we shouldn't be teaching going to the bathroom as something to be ashamed about in the first place.

I know there are people out there who avoid any bathroom that isn't their's at all costs, but it's bad for your health to hold it in; so eat your fiber, drink your water, and don't resist the urge for too long. Because everything comes down to poo and you can tell a lot about your health from your bathroom visits.

Many people believe that having regular bowel movements means you go every day. However, everyone’s bowels are unique, and what’s normal for one person may not be normal for another. You can go anywhere from one to three times a day at the most, or three times a week at the least, and still be considered regular, as long as that’s your usual pattern. Everyone’s bowel movement habits are individual and based on what makes them comfortable.

Deja-Poo; that feeling you get that you've done this shit before.

Not only is a good number two liberating, there are now several lines of evidence showing a connection between gut problems and skin disorders, which to me makes perfect sense because everything is connected to everything. Good skin health needs to include good skin care, there’s no denying that, but we also need to be mindful of what’s going on in the inside.

Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet rich in fiber is incredibly important in ensuring your gut stays healthy, as well as drinking water, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and trying to minimize stress as much as possible, blaa blaa blaa; we know all of this. It's not always easy, I totally understand, I love cheeseburgers, rice crispy treats and being lazy on the couch, I get it, but I think the key word here is balance. Instead of going too far either way, what if you found out what works for your body the best.

While food sensitivities and intolerances are real, fearing food or cutting out too many things might not be the best thing for your health either. Remember your gut is a living organism and forever changing. What didn't work for you last year might be fine today and vice versa. Food shouldn’t be the enemy of gut health.

The human gut is more complex than previously thought and has a huge impact on whole-body health. A healthy gut contributes to a strong immune system, heart health, brain health, improved mood, healthy sleep, and effective digestion, it may even help prevent some cancers and autoimmune diseases. There are a number of lifestyle changes you can make to positively affect your gut health and your overall health as a result.

So get to know your body and be serious about your poo, after all, knowing thy poop is part of knowing thyself.



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