Some people may find the topic of this week’s blog post a little, ahem, well…not very tasteful, but the truth of the matter is, if you aren’t “going” properly, you’re not going to feel very well. Ask anyone with Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Celiac Disease, Chrone’s Disease or any other lower digestive “issues” and they will tell you they don’t feel well at all.

When I saw the little article below on Facebook, it brought back many memories of dinner table fare during the 22 years we raced sled dogs. We told all of our friends, family and especially our live-in kennel helpers that they best have a strong stomach as almost all dinner conversations would lead to a discussion on how the dogs were pooping that day. From how much we had to “scoop”  from each dog’s area to how firm or loose it was to how much they pooped while they were on a run (yes, we taught our dogs how to “poop on the fly”…Imagine how many times you’d have to stop in a 300 mile race with 12-14 dogs in your team if you didn’t!). Truth is, we could tell  a lot about how a dog was feeling based on what he/she was eliminating. Did we need to cut back on kibble or fat…we could tell by the poop. Were we feeding too much…we could tell by how much poop we were scooping up (yes, we scooped poop at least two to three times a day). Do we need to give a dog some time off due to a virus…we could tell by the poop! And just like us humans, if a dog was overly physically or mentally stressed, his/her poop would reflect it.

As mentioned, when I read the article below, it kinda made me chuckle as so many of the things we did and observed for our dogs, are really what we should observe for ourselves too. While some people may find the article below a little disgusting, the truth is there ARE distinguishing features of good and bad poop. Although our dogs’ didn’t “float” on gravel or sand…many of the others are what we looked for in the dog poop. While it’s not a great subject to broach, it IS something we should ALL pay attention to. My chiropractor has in his office a list of seven “right” things we should do every day…one of them is “poop right”.

OK, sorry, enough. Here is the article. I don’t think I can say “enjoy”. :-/

Distinguishing Features of a Good Poop and Bad Poop

So, I bet you didn’t know that there was such a thing as a good poop? Perhaps you have not given it all that much thought. When it comes to body function and overall health, your poop is like a mirror.

We can learn a great deal about how our digestive system is functioning by the sight, sound and even smell of our poop.

5 Distinguishing Features of a Good Poop

Solid, smooth and log-shaped
Chocolate brown color
Sinks to the bottom of the toilet
Contains no blood, mucous or fat
Has no odor
5 Distinguishing Features of a Bad Poop

Formless or loose
Pale in color
Floats on the surface of water
Contains deposits of blood, fat and mucous
Has a bad odor
What Does Diet Have to do With It?

Your diet has a lot to do with whether or not you have a good poop or a bad poop. Consuming a diet high in processed foods may lead to poor digestion and improper bowel function. Foods made with refined ingredients such as white flour and sugar can cause constipation, and it is best to avoid these at all costs.

On the flip side, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables supplies the body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and dietary fiber which promotes healthy bowel function. Dietary fiber helps the body to break down food and fosters easy elimination of waste products.

Drinking enough water is also essential to good pooping. Consume at least 48 oz. of pure, filtered water each day, more if you are active or outside. Drinking water helps regulate bowel movements and aids in the digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

Pooping Position

Believe it or not, there is a better way to have a poop. According to leading natural health expert Dr. Mercola, the Western toilet is not conducive to healthy bowel function. In fact, our toilets promote such things as Inflammatory Bowel Disorder, constipation and hemorrhoids.

Quite simply, the modern toilet changes the way that we poop. Sitting to evacuate the bowels requires you to strain, which can have some unwanted biological effects including a temporary disruption in cardiac flow. Evidence suggests that bowel and pelvic problems may be related to improper posture on the potty.

Squatting is one of the best interventions to prevent constipation and other bowel problems and to put the least amount of pressure on digestion and bowel function. When we squat to eliminate the bowels, gravity does most of the work.

The weight of the pelvis presses against the thighs and naturally compresses the colon. Pressure from the diaphragm can supplement the force of gravity. Squatting relaxes the puborectalis muscle, which normally chokes the rectum to maintain continence.

The easiest way to achieve the squatting position is to use a squatting stool, better known as a “squatty potty.” These little, relatively inexpensive stools have been shown to make elimination faster, easier, and more complete, and may even prevent colon cancer and other conditions such as appendicitis.

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