Everybody Poops. Until They Don’t.

Here is a fun health test you can do at home. Measure out two tablespoons of whole sesame

seeds and swallow them with water. Take note of the time and wait and see how long they take to make their way out. This length of time is known as you “transit time.”

Timely elimination is essential for our body’s regular detoxification efforts. Detoxification isn’t a fad or anything fancy. Detoxification is something our body does all the time. It is simply the process of clearing everyday toxins from the body. These toxins come from our diet, the environment we are in, the cleaning and cosmetic products we use, the fun times on the weekend…

Most know the liver as the body’s leader in the detoxification process, but the colon – along with other organs – also plays an important role. When the large intestine is functioning well, it is releasing toxins, old hormones, and waste. When it is sluggish and not doing its job, those waste products can build up in our system and quickly produce toxic effects.

When your transit time is lagging (longer than 12 hours) or – worst – you are not pooping at all, these are sure signs of a sluggish colon. Here are a few tips to keep you colon in top toxin-fighting form.

Feast on fibre

If you are feeling a bit backed up, fibre can be a big help. Adults should be eating upwards of 40 grams of fibre a day. On average, Canadians are getting less than half of that. Fibre not only adds bulk to the stool and speeds transit time, but it also can actually bid to toxins, metals, and hormones to help with their elimination.

Fibre is found exclusively in plant-based foods, so make sure to include plenty of whole grains, vegetables, and seeds like flax and chia to your diet.

Eating a diet heavy in animal products and processed foods can leave little room for filling fibre. Balance animal products with plant-based proteins and swap out processed foods for their whole grain alternative to easily up your fibre.

Add a tablespoon of ground flax or chia seeds to your cereal, whole grain bowl, or oatmeal. Let it sit for a while to absorb liquid and then enjoy.

Drink up

Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day to keep things moving.

In particular, as you increase your fibre intake, make sure you are also increasing your water intake.

Start the day off with warm water and lemon juice.  

Relax into it

Straining and tensing up isn’t going to get the job done.

Never force it. Doing so can cause micro tears and other problems. If it isn’t ready to come on its own, drink some water, go for a walk, and try again.

For those that need some extra help, magnesium can make a big difference. In its citrate or hydroxide forms, magnesium help relaxes the gastrointestinal muscle.

When you’re feeling backed up, take a breath and remember the easiest thing to do is eat fibre, drink plenty of water, max out on magnesium, and relax.

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