No, we aren’t talking about streaming the movie Poop Talk. As fascinating as that looks, we need to talk about your poop…or the lack thereof, in some cases.
While the subject may seem a bit taboo, your digestive health is incredibly important to your body. At Balance of Nature, we believe feeling your best and enjoying optimal health starts with eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.
If you have any issues with digestion and absorption, all those fruits and vegetables won’t be doing what they should to feed your body essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
It can be rather obvious when digestion is working and when it is not. Constipation is no fun. Of course, neither is diarrhea. Like Goldilocks, you don’t want too much or too little, and you don’t want too hard or too soft.
How can you achieve ideal digestive health? When it comes to taking care of your gut, there are four important things everyone should be doing.
Take Balance of Nature Fiber & Spice
There’s probably not a more obvious thing you can do, right? Our Fiber & Spice product is the perfect daily fiber supplement. It contains whole psyllium husk, flax seeds and apples, as well as a dozen spices for a truly unique taste.
The added spices deliver powerful antioxidants for optimal digestive health. Fiber & Spice also has the right balance of soluble and insoluble fiber, it contains no synthetics, no sugars, no artificial sweeteners, and is safe for all ages. The ingredient list is 100% pure and natural.
And taking Fiber & Spice every day can do more than just help you poop more regularly. It increases your overall fiber intake.
Fiber is essential in your diet. Proper, adequate, and consistent fiber intake can reduce cholesterol, help balance blood sugar, promote weight loss, and even reduce your risk of many cancers as it moves things along.
Did we mention it tastes great? Try it with apple juice, almond milk or even just water!
Eat a Healthy Diet
Another obvious one, right? You’ve got to eat healthy foods in order to enjoy a healthy digestive system. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables provides tons of nutrients your body needs. They also have a lot of fiber, and fiber is a key part of digestive health.
Fiber helps your bowel movements remain regular, or help get it there. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water whereas insoluble fiber doesn’t. Fiber is also the fuel colon cells use to stay healthy.
Fiber consists of mostly non-digestible carbohydrates, this is the reason fiber is able to bulk up and add form to stools. Fiber may also control hunger, prevent illness, and increase good bacteria in your gut. A lack of fiber in the diet can encourage those unpleasant digestion problems like constipation and diarrhea.
Fruits and vegetables also feed the good bacteria in your gut because of the fiber they contain. Feel free to add a probiotic supplement for a little something extra.
Many fruits and vegetables contain fiber but also contain other beneficial elements like sulfur-containing compounds and phytonutrients. For instance glucosinolates can be broken down by bacteria and flavonoids interact with gut microbiota.
What you eat is important for your gut health, and gut health is important for your overall health.
An unhealthy gut can contribute to weight changes, sleep disturbance, fatigue, skin irritation, autoimmune conditions, food allergies, kidney disease, and more. Gut bacteria lives in cells all throughout the body so they can affect your physical and mental health.
There is both good and bad bacteria in the gut so maintaining balance is vital. Fiber helps do this. Imbalanced gut bacteria can negatively affect emotions and other brain processes.
So be sure to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables high in fiber to ensure your gut is A-OK.
Proper Poop Posture
Have you ever really taken the time to think about how you poop? Chances are you don’t give it a second thought. You’ve been doing it your whole life, so how hard can it be?
Turns out, nearly everyone in the western world is pooping wrong. When you stand up or sit down, the muscles in your butt don’t quite open all the way and put what amounts to a kink in your colon.
This is actually a good thing though, as it prevents your bowels from ejecting at will while you’re just going about your day. But if you’re straining to poop, it’s less than ideal.
That’s because sitting on the toilet is less than ideal. In several parts of the world, they don’t sit on their toilets. They squat on them.
In case you haven’t heard of it before, the Squatty Potty is a simple device that solves this problem. You simply elevate your feet by placing them on the stool, and this places you in a squatting position while pooping in the toilet.
This might sound strange, but it works. Using a Squatty Potty reduces the strain of pooping and the time spent pooping.
You don’t have to take our word for it. There’s a pretty famous unicorn that’s happy to demonstrate.
If you don’t squat to poop, head over to Amazon and pick up a Squatty Potty.
A sedentary lifestyle is bad for many reasons. And one way being inactive can negatively impact your life is in your digestive health.
Exercise is beneficial to your gut health. Exercise can help keep you regular and improve microbes in the gut. Just rattle off three sets of squats and ride a spin bike for 30 minutes and try not to poop. Good luck.
As an added bonus, exercise has been shown to lower your risk of colon cancer, so that’s a pretty good bonus too– well that and about a trillion other good reasons to exercise.
Poop talk makes everyone a bit uncomfortable. But it’s important to understand your digestive health and what your poop does and doesn’t tell you.
Take your Fiber & Spice every day, eat a healthy diet, squat to poop with a Squatty Potty, and get regular exercise. These four steps will do wonders to help your digestive health.