Noooo!!!!! Not More Poop!!!
OK, I KNOW that many of you are taking a peak and a sniff now when you eliminate your waste material! It's OK, I have planted a seed of curiosity and have given you some interesting topics of conversation! Well, I'm not done yet. There are some of you who truly have healthy intestines, but many of you don't and you don't even realize it. I want to just give you some additional things to think about while you are flushing away that information.
- Partially digested food leaves the stomach and goes to the small intestine. Stomach acid and digestive enzymes determine what type of "bugs" are in there and the rates at which they grow. The benefits of having healthy levels of all of this stuff is well developed villi (finger like projections that are binding sites for nutrients) in the intestine. (It is the villi in Celiac disease that becomes damaged and creates a laundry list of problems.) So, what do you think happens if you are not making enough stomach acid or enzymes? Things get out of wack and you develop problems. I will talk more about this later.
- Healthy pooh consists of 3/4th water and 1/4th dry solid matter. The recipe for this is the following:
- 30% bacteria
- 10-20% fat (this is primarily produced from bacteria, some from cells and unabsorbed dietary fat)
- 10-20% inorganic matter
- 2-3% protein
- 30% undigested food roughage
You should be making this concoction 24/7 and flushing it daily. You must be properly hydrated to make "poops to be proud of". Your hydration can be checked on your next office visit.
- The brown color comes from bilirubin which is a combination of bile from the gallbladder and old red blood cells. This should answer the age old question "What color should my fecal elimination material be?" Next, "Should it have an odor and where does that come from?" In general, there should not be much of an odor. I know that at this very moment you are thinking of someone who's pooh could make your eyes tear. Odor is created based upon what you eat and bacteria eating what you eat. Remember you are not just feeding yourself, but millions of other critters too! Your intestinal flora is your own personal chemical factory. (They also make vitamins, but that is not as much fun to talk about!)
- Antacids (Tums, Priolsec, etc.) will cause an overgrowth of yeast and bacteria.This happens because these medications decrease stomach acid. Stomach acid is what kills off the bugs that enter on your food and in water. It also provides an opportunity for parasites to get past the stomach and set up residence in the intestine. When you have an overgrowth of bugs (no matter what type), they produce toxins, instead of the nutrients that WE need. Antibiotic use most bacteria, except for the strains that are resistant. The resistant strains just get stronger because the good guys (bacteria) that help to maintain balance got wiped out. There is nothing to keep them in check. By the way, all of these critters love simple sugars. Things like pancakes, candy, bread. You get the picture. By the way, this also includes gluten free products that are now available. Just because It is gluten free or came from Trader Joe's does not mean that it is healthy, so beware.
At this point you should be wondering what symptoms you might notice if things get askew. The more common ones are abdominal bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or abdominal pain. Some that are not so commonly known are food intolerances, skin rashes, poor exercise tolerance or shortness of breath. Memory problems, fatigue, joint and/or muscle pain may not be due to the aging process, but to your bad "poop making factory". Don't accept your age as an excuse to not feel great! Fevers from unknown causes can be another flag that something is wrong with your equipment. Look at the list of conditions that often have an underlying cause from trouble in the gut.
- Childhood hyperactivity
- Itchy skin
- Chronic Fatigue
- Celiac Disease
This is not a complete list, I just included the more common ones that I see daily in the office. Wouldn't it be nice to flush with the confidence that all is well from the inside out!!
Inspiring the way you live,
Dr. Mikell Suzanne Parsons
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