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The kind of poo that you do is a great indicator of how your nutrition and lifestyle habits are working.
We all do the “turnaround and look down” after having a seat on the porcelain throne, so why not take the opportunity to see how this ace in the hole see what I did there is shaping up.
That “ho-hum feeling”, struggling through workouts, hard to fulfill fitness goals and meals that leave you withered or stuffed to the gills is a common theme with those who seek Nutrition Coaching.
Now, it's definitely not something I mentioned right away when meeting with new clients. Not a chance. However, when the answer is needed, I will ask about their daily bowel movements.
“Fabulous poo’s” can lead to “Fabulous Days”, but “Pathetic Poo’s” can lead to “Pathetic Days”.
It's also important to know that problem poo’s can also be a tip-off to other health issues we are not aware of, and these unknown health issues have the ability to prompt a decline in overall health.
HERE ARE 6 REASONS YOU SHOULD REGULARLY TURN AROUND AND LOOK DOWN AND FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR POO.
1. YOUR NUTRITION ISN'T THE BEST FOR YOU
Things like constipation from not eating enough plant-based foods, eating foods that are sensitive to your gut and consuming a lot of processed foods
FIX YOUR NUTRITION
Keep a 2-week food diary to track what you are eating and if you develop any symptoms. Consider and elimination diet of any foods that can cause symptoms.
2. YOUR GUT ISN'T FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS
Irregular blood sugar levels, some medical procedures such as weight-loss surgeries, getting older, some medications and chronic diseases such as Crohn's or Colitis can prohibit your gut from functionally properly.
FIX YOUR GUT
Increase your fruit, veggie and meat consumption while also eating mindfully at each meal, as well as improving your sleep habits.
Not taking in enough water of course is the main reason for dehydration, but stress, overexposure to high temperatures and being on a low carb / high protein diet can all cause dehydration.
FIX YOUR DAILY HYDRATION
Your water intake should be a minimum of 1/2 of your body weight in ounces. Also, increase your water rich foods fruits, vegetables, whole grains while balancing your workout, stress and sleep habits are great fixes as well.
4. HAVING AN UNBALANCED GUT MICROBIOME.
A lot of us have a lot on our plate that leads to and inconsistent lifestyle. Frequent travel, erratic nutrition habits and even antibiotics can cause our microbiome to be off just a tad.
FIX YOUR MICRIOBIOME BALANCE
Try eating as many fresh, minimally processed foods as possible, and adding a pre and probiotic to keep your microbiomes alive and to jump start your microbiome population.
Stressors are everywhere. Work, home, friends, school, even social media. These things can keep us from getting out into some fresh air to alleviate some stress and ultimately leaves us with little energy to cope with stress.
FIX YOUR STRESS
Do any and all things that make us happy.
6. YOUR FITNESS PROGRAM SUCKS AND AREN'T IN-LINE WITH
YOUR LIFESTYLE OR GOALS.
Overtraining by engaging in high-intensity fitness programs that do not incorporate adequate active recovery and rest. If your workouts have an imbalance of too much cardio and not enough proper strength training (heavy lifting dammit!) can also affect your poo consistency. Performing workouts that you don't get hyped for, and not working out at all can also produce problem poos.
FIX YOUR FITNESS
Move! Move your body smart and consistently in a way so that you are truly enjoying your time exercising. Just be mindful of not doing too much and going overboard.
I am passionate about helping my clients get results with their overall health, fitness and nutrition – without wasting time, energy, money or effort on mistakes.
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