How to Improve Your Digestive Health
I’ve got a very fun topic for you all today: poop.
As gross as it may sound, digestive health and bowel movements are hot topics in the health and fitness industry today. With all of the fad diets and health foods that are rising in popularity, it’s no wonder many of us are struggling to poop. We’re overloading ourselves with fiber and manufactured chemicals.
So, let’s talk about it.
We’ve all heard about the importance of fiber for GI health. However, there’s also a threshold there. At some point, you’re going to have too much fiber and it will back you up. The key is to find what works for you.
Usually, you will want anywhere from 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day. There are variations to this. For example, fiber needs will differ between men and women. Just be careful about your fiber intake and pay attention to how it affects your body.
Bristol Stool Scale
There is a scale called the Bristol Stool Scale where you can see what a normal poop looks like and what could be of concern. Your poop may indicate, for example, that you’re dehydrated or that your medication is backing you up.
If you’re not regular, getting your body moving may help. Try taking a walk every day. Yoga can also help as you’re massaging the digestive tract with some of the poses and stretches you’re doing.
If you’re somebody that is dealing with chronic constipation, whole grains such as whole-wheat bread, pasta, and oatmeal may help. Other foods that are high in fiber such as bran, legumes, lentils, black beans, kidney beans, and chickpeas can help move things along. Additionally, fruit like raspberries, apples, oranges, and pears as well as veggies could be helpful for you. Finally, black coffee in the morning may help get things moving again.
If you want to learn more about digestive health, check out Episode 015: The One about POOP.