What is the definition of being Regular?
Rather than treat bowel regularity as if there is a specific number that must be achieved daily; we should rather focus on what is healthy.
After eating our food is digested in the stomach, nutrients are extracted in the small intestines and waste is compacted for removal in the large colon. The end of result of this process should be bowel movements without pain, cramping, or strain which pass solid and soft waste. If this is your experience when nature calls then things are going well inside.
When the experience is marred by pain, discomfort and hard stools or when it becomes infrequent leaving you with uncomfortable bloating then the internal equilibrium is off.
Our digestive system can be fairly sensitive and things like stress, travel, and diet changes can all have unpleasant effects. When things aren’t going as smoothly as you would like, you can target the issue. Most commonly the source lies in environmental factors and not a health problem. Make sure you stay regular by
- Doing your best to eat, sleep and use the restroom in a routine way
- Keeping hydrated
- Eating a healthy diet full of fibre
- Supplementing your lifestyle with probiotics (see Probiotics and Skin)
- Never ignoring the urge to use the restroom
When things are working well and we stay regular we reap health benefits. Nutrition is maximized and we get the most from the vitamins and minerals in our diet. Toxins are eliminated in a timely manner which affects our overall health. This shows on our skin! Inflammatory Bowl Disease has been linked with some skin conditions such as psoriasis. Keeping our Colon calm and healthy can help avoid auto-immune related inflammation from manifesting on our skin.
Feeling strong and healthy is a key factor in looking good. No one feels ready to take on the world with confidence when they are bloated or in fear of what is happening or what is not happening in the restroom.
Staying regular can have a big impact on whether or not we get about our daily routines with comfort and confidence. Add Staying Regular to your list of health and well-being goals so that you can look and feel your best!
Connect with Dr Martina van der Mescht, 011 954 0070.