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Wellness Update


Volume 8
Bowel Regularity: A Barometer of Health


It may not be a topic typically talked about at the dinner table or a cocktail party, but most people are actually somewhat obsessed with it. And with good reason: The state of your gastro-intestinal tract (as well as the quality and quantity of its output) is a great barometer of the health of your body. “The GI tract is a processing unit that metabolizes all of the nutrients you take in and eliminates all of the body’s waste,” explains Dr. Amy Foxx-Orenstein, president of the American College of Gastroenterology. “What comes through it is reflective of how well or how ill the body is.”

A well functioning digestive system is the core to a well functioning body. Conversely, a digestive system that is constipated, slows the flow of nutrients and removal of wastes. All that can result in symptoms ranging from headache and fatigue to immune system breakdown to doggy breath.

First let's take a look at what constipation is (and what it isn't). Constipation -- infrequent or difficult bowel movements -- is usually characterized by small, hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass. There may also be straining during elimination, abdominal discomfort or pain, bloating and an uncomfortable sensation of a full bowel.

But what constitutes irregular bowel movements? “Normal" is on average one bowel movement a day, usually in the morning, according to Andrew Rubman, ND, medical editor of Daily Health News. However, everyone is different, and two or three bowel movements per day is also normal.

Consistency is the real test of normalcy. If day-to-day you have roughly the same number of bowel movements, no discomfort, and the size, texture and color of stool are consistent, then you're likely fine. If, on the other hand, you are not consistent on a regular basis, then there is a potential problem.

• Step 1 Drink plenty of water. Most people who suffer from constipation are dehydrated.
• Step 2 Eat a high fiber diet. Fiber is an important element in promoting healthy digestion.
• Step 3 Avoid dehydrating liquids such as soda and alcohol.
• Step 4 Start an exercise program. Studies show that regular exercise can prevent constipation.
• Step 5 Consider a Probiotic supplement to regulate the digestive tract. Lack of friendly bacteria promotes a state of constipation.

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