Growing up, I remember that there was always a bottle of prune juice or a container of prunes in the refrigerator. As a kid, I had no real appreciation for this, other than the fact that my dad was a much older dad (58 years my elder) who was concerned with regularity. To be honest, poop was discussed openly in our household. If someone didn’t poop in the family (there were only three of us – my mom, my dad and me), we all knew about it. Granted, this wasn’t for public knowledge, but as a close family, we shared.
When I got to college, I observed that the men on my co-ed freshman floor were easily impressed by the size of their poop. If someone had an extraordinarily large poop, everyone seemed to know about it (I guess that is what you get for living on a co-ed floor). They even went so far as to physically measure it. For most, this was too much information, but nevertheless, it happened.
When I hit 30, I too became keenly aware of my regularity. I started to understand the amazement and wonder displayed by my co-eds in college around the size, shape and texture of a bowel movement. And although talking about poop was never considered very lady-like, I found that my good female friends shared in my feelings about this topic. After all, it is natural.
Not convinced? Check out these top five reasons for worshipping your poop:
It Feels Good: Although I wouldn’t necessarily equate pooping with an orgasm, having a bowel movement feels good. Psychologically you feel like you got rid of the bad stuff and physically, you feel a lot lighter and cleaner.
Things are Working: Having a regular bowel movement (at least once a day) means that your digestive tract is working properly and that you are eating a healthy amount of fiber . (Authorities differ on how many times a day is healthy: some believe you should go shortly after every time you eat, while others believe once a day is sufficient.)
Natural Detox : Pooping means you are getting rid of the crap, pardon the pun, in your system. The toxins in your body leave through urine, feces and sweat. Feces, specifically, eliminates solid waste from your system (as opposed to liquid and micro toxins that are removed through urine and sweat).
Colon Cancer Prevention: Regularly pooping means a lower risk of colon cancer. Having regular bowel movements allows your body to move toxins out of the colon, lowering the potential of toxic build up. This can aid in preventing colon cancer.
Weight Stability and Bloat Control: Pooping means that you are getting rid of excess weight attributed to build up of solid waste . Try it. Weigh yourself before you poop and then after you poop. You are guaranteed to weigh less. Further, if you poop regularly, your weight will be more consistent. Further, getting rid of the solid waste in your system will make you feel lighter, more energetic and less bloated.
So, how do you make sure you keep yourself moving? Here are a couple of tips:
Stay Hydrated: Drinking at least 8 glasses of water ensures that you are hydrated. This helps to provide the water necessary for feces to stay soft enough for easy movement through your digestive tract.
Eat your Fiber : Fiber is crucial to staying regular. Fiber isn’t digested by the body. Instead, it passes through your digestive tract, increasing the weight and size of your stool and softens it, making it easier to pass. Aim to eat at least 25 grams of fiber a day.