Last week I had a client who thought it was completely normal that she only had 2 bowel movements a week! She said she has had only 2 weekly bowel movements a week for most of her adult life and considers that normal for her. And not to dive too deep here, but she also was on a steady diet of Colace — a stool softener — to help induce her BMs.
This is NOT normal!
For those of us with furry friends, you will notice that animals poo several times a day. They eat, they drink, they go outside, they pee and they poo…not just once a day, but often 2-3 times a day. And certainly not just 2 times a week!
Why should this be different in humans?
Ideally, a good working digestive tract eliminates itself on a daily basis. And while most people think of constipation as just an annoying symptom, it can also be the root cause of undesirable conditions like fatigue, weight gain, low mood, and many others.
To me, it is a sign that the body is not in harmony and the GI tract is not working like the well-oiled machine it should be.
Certainly, chronic dehydration, lack of exercise, and low amounts of dietary fiber can all lead to developing constipation, but so can a disruption in the gut microbiome, food allergies, and low stomach acid.
I know it sounds gross, but paying attention to your bowel movements is pretty important. Your bowel habits are a strong indicator of your digestive health. Abnormalities in frequency, shape, color, even how many times it takes to wipe yourself clean can all be indicators of digestive issues. (Being a hyper-wiper is a clear sign that something is wrong!)
Isn’t it time to find out what your poo says about you?
This package combines an advanced comprehensive stool analysis with 2 one-on-one consults for interpretation of results, personalized recommendations, and a follow-up to ensure your gut is healing and on the right track.