Constipation 101

We are not really taught about the importance of the gut and whether your digestive system is working properly. Some people have been constipated for 10 years and are dependent on laxatives. If you continue this trend, you can have further consequences.

Some people are suffering from the effects of constipation and don’t know any difference. Acne, weight, stomach pains, gas, bloating, skin issues, mood problems, lack of concentration and more!

Are You Pooping All Wrong?

GUT IMAGeSAre you pooping all wrong? Squatting is apparently the most  healthy way to poop. The modern toilet seat creates  a style of pooping which puts upward pressure on the rectum and creates the need to STRAIN in order to eliminate. Compare sitting on the toilet to a kinked garden hose: It just doesn’t work properly. In a squatting posture, the bend straightens out and defecation becomes easier.

I first discovered Squatty Potty at Sanoviv. Squatty Potty was on the Shark Tank in November, on Season 6. The company makes stools designed to aid in constipation, by enabling users to squat instead of sit while at the toilet. “We need to educate and inform the public that bathroom posture is extremely important for our health and that a simple change in posture can make the world of difference,” said Bobby Edwards, who appeared on the show with his mother and business partner, Judy.

They got a deal with Lori, who gave them $350,000 for 10 percent of their company. Edwards praised her involvement, saying she was instrumental in securing a great spot at Bed Bath & Beyond.

As far as his appearance on Shark Tank goes, at first, Squatty Potty met with resistance because it was bathroom-related. They were considered as a Season 5 contestant, but then were dropped, which made the hopeful entrepreneurs change their approach. “In our second auction tape we really nailed down that Squatty Potty as a health tool, a solution available to help people suffering from elimination issues and not just a novelty. We were told this helped us change their minds and allowed us to get on,” he explained.

This is the just the beginning for the growing company, who wants to “change the way America Poops, one stool at a time.” Although this may seem like a Herculean task, Edwards is confident that he can accomplish the goal. “We plan on making Squatty Potty a household name,” he said.

Squatty Potty Toilet Stool stores under your toilet when not in use and doesn’t take up extra space. You place both feet on the platform and your knees are pushed above your hips, creating a natural “squatting” position. It’s how people used to poop before the invention of the modern toilet, back when we were still doing our business in the woods.

Digestion PART 2 – Got Constipation?

Abdominal CrampsThe average bowel movement is 1.5 pounds! Our colon was designed by nature to hold a few pounds of feces in transit. When a person gets constipated, the colon may be holding 10, 20 or more lbs. The weight by itself is not the problem, but the volume is – large, heavy stools enlarge and stretch out the colon, irritate the colon, harm the anal canal, and may produce toxins related to fermentation and rotting.

Here are some practical solutions to improve your elimination.

Step 1 Take in more oil
So many of us are scared of eating fat and oil and our colon has paid the price. Consume more good oils in the form of omega-3 fats. Cold-pressed flaxseed oil in salad dressings an the ideal source of omega-3 fatty acids for healing constipation.

Step 2 Wake up to a glass of warm water with lemon juice. Drink warm tea with a bit of lemon juice in the morning and throughout the day.

Step 3 Watch the Cold Foods
Cold foods can bind up the organs, preventing them from relaxing. In order to have healthy bowel movements, your body needs to be able to relax. Warm teas, like chamomile, or holy basil are especially beneficial for healing constipation.

Step 4  Supplement with probiotics.

Take an advanced dosage of probiotics each day. CLICK HERE to see the probiotic I take. When I travel I take 2 of these every day.

Step 5 .Check Your Stress Level

We feel our emotions in our body. Our gut has its own nervous system and is often called our second brain. When stress increases, our gut feels it too!

Step 6 Magnesium
Consume 400-500 mg of Magnesium Citrate each day- 200-250 mg in the morning and 250 mg in the evening.

Step 7 Stay hydrated!

Drinking coconut water and vegetables juices throughout the day is beneficial for healing constipation. Warm coconut water is optimal.

Step 8 Coconut Water
Drink coconut water throughout the day and see if that helps move things along.

Step 9 Increase Fiber
Fiber is a prebiotic food and feeds the good bacteria in the body. Fiber is a GREAT prebiotic and it has many other benefits including pulling toxins out of the body, increasing our sense of “fullness” (called satiation) and improving elimination.

Step 10 Take a detox bath at night
Use lavender oil, chamomile oil, and magnesium rich epsom salts. While in detox bath, lightly massage intestines for two or three minutes. The Epsom salts gets more magnesium in your system