Get ready for the inside scoop. What is this post about? The INSIDE SCOOP. AKA bowel movements. Or really, the lack thereof.
As an integrative nutritionist, I talk to people A TON about how things are “going.” And guess what, the topic came up again this week. No need to apologize to me next time you bring it up, this is what I do. My whole goal is to help you have healthy, thriving gastrointestinal tract. This impacts digestion, absorption of nutrients, metabolism, immunity, autoimmunity, hormones, weight status, fertility, mood, energy, and detoxification, to name just a few crucial items.
So naturally, we need to talk about what goes into our mouths, but also how things are going on the other end. Regular bowel movements are critical to good health, and a lack of regular elimination may be pointing to imbalance in your system.
Unfortunately, a lot of us have a regularity problem. Most experts agree that “normal” (healthy) bowel movements should happen AT LEAST once a day, and should be soft, but fully formed (think toothpaste consistency).
So what are some safe, natural solutions if you are having trouble “going” regularly? Here is a handy checklist of some of my favorite habits for optimizing bowel health.
Madelaine Schaufel, RD
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