Do you struggle to go to the bathroom? Do you strain and squeeze? Do you work for minutes to get out a tiny rabbit poo? Even if you are able to move stool but struggle to pinch it out, you are considered constipated. It is important to address the underlying causes so that you enjoy bigger movements everyday.
They are not something most people want to talk about but having a normal and healthy bowel movement is a vital part of our everyday life. What exactly is a ‘normal’ BM? There are variations but in general you should past stool at least once per day, and better yet, after every major meal. Your BM should be firm but not hard to pass. It should come out easily in one long snake like strip (about 12 to 16 inches). If it is like a dried up loaf or tiny thin strips, it is a sign of digestive inflammation causing constipation.
Before we talk about what to add, lets move out the inflammatory choices that cause small stools.
Gut permeability plays a big role in detoxification. Hyperpermeability (or leaky gut) allows increased absorption of xenobiotics (substances with a biological activity that are found as pollutants in the natural environment, such as petroleum and pesticides) and toxins, which then need to be processed by the liver.
The most important thing with detoxification is to understand that certain foods cause an allergic response. This response can cause inflammatory swelling of the intestines, and stops peristalsis from working correctly. Before we add in cleansing remedies, we have to take out the foods that cause irritation to the bowel. You must learn which foods are causing distress and get rid of them (i.e. dairy, gluten grains, sugar, potato and corn products). That’s why on the Hot Detox, we are stripping away inflammatory foods (the complete list of foods to avoid can be found in Hot Detox.)
The key ingredients that increase poop size and reduce inflammation of the bowel include:
The Hot Detox improves gastrointestinal integrity through the increase of prebiotics (e.g., fiber) and probiotics that occur in fermented foods, which protect and soothe the digestive lining.
1. Increase vegetable fibre: Artichokes contain a substance that can increase the protective mucus that lines the stomach. This helps keep the acids that break down our food from creating holes (ulcers) in the stomach lining. Artichokes, leeks, asparagus, arugula and herbs all help to cleanse the liver and bowel. These vegetables are called prebiotic because they feed good bacteria. Lentil in hot detox soup gives a huge boost of fibre, which folks need to increase their poops but is best avoided if you find legumes gassy.
2. Increase prebiotics: Carrots contain a phytonutrient called falcarinol, currently being researched for its ability to fight intestinal cancer. A Fast Carrot Soup is traditionally prepared in India for people with digestive troubles. The vanilla, ginger and cinnamon make this soup so comforting, you will want to make it again and again. Feel free to substitute parsnips for the carrots to make a nice white cream soup that sings with flavour. Beets are one of the best plant sources of betalains, which are potent anti-inflammatory phytochemicals that decrease the risk of heart disease and conditions associated with chronic inflammation.
3. Enjoy more micro greens: Pea sprouts are high in beta-carotene and vitamin A. Retinol, which is an active form of vitamin A, plays a pivotal role in the development of immune cells, which fight off the foreign invaders that cause inflammation.
4. Lubricate with a bile flow stimulator: Sunflower lecithin is a booster that you can add to salad dressings and soups to dramatically improve the size and shape of your poops. It increases bile flow, creating a waterslide for the stool to exit the body.
5. Enjoy more good fat: The incredible flavour of the Hot Detox recipes comes from the large amount of coconut. You will have the chance to try lots of recipes that incorporate not just the tasty flakes but also coconut butter, oil, milk, beverage, cheese and yogurt. (Click here to learn more about coconut products.) According to traditional Chinese medicine, coconut is warming in nature, so coconut is an ideal pairing with cool green produce to bring a dish into balance.
6. Increase probiotics in different forms: Did you know we have over 500 types of bacteria and yeast in the body and we need to repopulate healthy strains after exposure to the following:
~Processed sugars can feed potentially unhealthy bacteria.
~Alcohol consumption can alter your microbial balance.
~Lack of sleep changes in your microbial makeup.
~Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria.
~Refined flour serves as food for bad microbes. Fibre on the other hand feeds good bacteria.
~Pollution can affect the number of good bacteria.
~Chlorine in our water can kill both good and bad bacteria.
~Artificial coloring and sweeteners are antibacterial and antifungal.
~Antibacterial soaps can destroy healthy microbes.
~NSAID pain relievers disrupt digestive flora and intestinal mucus.
~Stress kills off good bacteria. If you are struggling with anxiety or stress double up on probiotics.
In the Hot Detox Online Program, I teach you how to make saurkraut, yogurt, pickles and cheese that can ease your digestive woes.