Well…..do you? I am talking about healthy guts. Ones that expel a few times a day. Yes that’s right at least twice a day. You’re probably thinking ‘that’s not normal, it takes 24hr to pass food you eat’…well this may be for the “normalized” conjested person. Yes, protein does take longer to break down which is why twice a day is more realistic than 3. Just think of all the food you eat in a day (including snacks) and then compare that to how much comes out. Is it approximately the same amount? If you’re not getting rid of that waste and next day the same food cycle starts again….well now you have double the amount to expel and you have some catching up to do!
Your 1.5m long large intestine can only hold so much before it starts to stretch (which is not a good thing). No wonder people feel bloated as the food just sits there, plus our portions are way too large.
Now what can slow a gut down??….. Yes, poor diet, medication and lack of water….but there is another major factor that gets overlooked so easily yet is in epidemic proportions……it is STRESS. Yes, that’s right, that overused word, but it is true. Think about it, when you are stressed your body constricts. Your sympathetic nervous system is in overdrive prioritizing muscle function and heat rate, brain is in overdrive thinking of exit strategies and your parasympathetic nervous system is on holidays which governs digestive function such as creating peristalsis (spasm in the colon to move food along), so your food ain’t going anywhere.
Another no so lovely effect of a dysfunction gut is that the gut flora go out of control. For example your diet includes a lot of processed foods and carbs and this sits in your gut for too long, well the Candida is going to be having a party as they have a buffet that doesn’t last for a few hours but a few days! Think of how they then multiply and start a candida infection in the gut. Don’t forget all the good and bad bacteria in the gut have their waste products too which get dumped straight into your colon, which along with the the other useless waste gets reabsorbed in the body again making you feel sluggish, irritated, fatigued and just damn rotten.
These are common symptoms that may be due to a weak digestive system: bloating, belching, flatulence, stomach pains, acne (many people don’t know), nausea, iron deficiency, dermatitis, psoriasis, hives, B12 deficiency, arthritis, food allergies to name a few!
Just remember you can take all the supplements you want, but if your gut is not clean you are not absorbing to your full potential of any good stuff you put in.
So why not make it a priority to get your gut health checked to make sure your good and bad bacteria are balanced and you aren’t carrying around a candida or parasite infection. As well as what foods your sluggish bowel can’t tolerate while it is healing.
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