Digestion is a critical “hub” for healing from symptoms of PCOS and hormone imbalance. If your gut isn’t functioning properly, you will not feel well, no matter what else you do.
So, when you’re sitting on the “throne”, be sure to take a peek at your stool. Awareness is the first step!
Here’s the scoop on your poop (bowel movement, stool, etc.)
There are 3 things to pay attention to:
Number 1, Form –
Your stool should well formed. It should be all one piece, pointed at both ends, and softer so it comes out easily. Type 4 is the best and what you’re working towards.
Number 2, Color –
The best color is dark brown – a little darker than milk chocolate. This is the healthiest color. If it’s too light (yellowish or greenish) you may be having liver or gallbladder issues, and may not be processing your toxins properly. If it’s black, you may have blood in your stool.
Number 3, Frequency –
One to three times a day is “normal”. If you go more frequently than that then your transit time is too fast and it’s considered diarrhea. If you go less than that then you are constipated.
Neither are good. With constipation you are re-absorbing toxins and that means even stronger, more imbalanced hormones, and with diarrhea you are losing valuable nutrients.
Then look for the following:
- Does your stool plop in the bowl, splashing your bottom with water?
- Is there an oily ring around the toilet or are there poop marks on the sides of the toilet?
- Does your poop look like a cow pie?
- Can you see chunks of food in your stool?
If any of these are true for you then you need help!
Here are three steps to regularity and healthier digestion:
- Chew your food well and eat mindfully – not on the go!
- Eat cooked foods until your stool looks like it should. Cooked foods are easier to digest.
- Try some raw apple cider vinegar (start with 1 tsp) in water before meals to stimulate digestion.
Check out your poop to see what you notice. It’s a very important indicator of overall health.
Are you a hyper wiper?
If you find yourself wiping multiple times after having a bowel movement, then you’re a hyper wiper. I’ve suffered from constipation (think little balls that are hard to pass) all the way to being a hyper wiper.
Knowledge is power, so understand what’s going on for you so you can make big strides in your health. Your stool should come out easily and clean, leaving none or very little residue on your bum. If this isn’t the case, then here’s what’s happening according to Dr. Marisol Teijeiro.
If you find yourself wiping multiple times to get clean, it’s because there’s too much mucus in your stool. This is important information.
Here’s what this means; you’re having a reaction to something you’re eating.
Mucus = inflammation.
Your digestive tract will produce mucus as a protective barrier against something that’s bothering your gut. So take a look at what you’re eating.
Processed foods, alcohol, sugar and dairy can be very mucus-forming, so start there, and slowly begin to clean up your diet. Pay attention to your bowel movements to see how the changes you’re making in your diet affect how clean your stools come out.
Keep me posted on your progress, OK?
Happy digestion, happy you!