It’s something we all do – and indeed it’s one of your
body’s most miraculous systems, and yet, so many of us are loathe to seek help
for it, let alone discuss it. Let’s break that taboo: let’s talk about poo!

Firstly, a few questions:

Are there days when your bowels don’t open?

When you do go, is it veering towards
constipation? This may mean that it is very slow to pass out, often you may
need to strain, or the faeces comes out like rabbit pellets?

Is there a sense of urgency when you need to
pass motion, and then your bowels are quite loose?

Is going to the toilet accompanied by lots of

Is the smell horrendous?

Are you left with ‘floaters’?

Do you suffer from piles or haemorrhoids?

Do you never feel like you’ve fully evacuated
your bowels?

If the answer to any of these is yes, then these are signs
that your bowels just aren’t happy. In an ideal world, we should be passing
motion at the very least once a day, ideally twice. They should be firm, formed
‘logs’ that do not float. Whilst there will certainly be a little smell, this
should not be overwhelming and there should be very little gas. There should be
no discomfort and we should feel fully evacuated.

If this isn’t the case, then there are quite a few reasons
for this. Ensuring the following can change bowel movements significantly:

Are you hydrated? The large intestine sucks out
the water from our food in the final stage of digestion and if there is very
little there to begin with then it can result in very hard, compacted stools.

Do you eat plenty of fibre-rich foods? This is
mainly in fresh food – ie fruit, veg and salad. This also aids gut motility and
keeps things moving.

Do you eat sitting down and chew your food
properly? Do you take your time over eating? If your body has no time to chew
and break down the food, then your digestive system will really struggle.

Do you rush when going to the toilet? Are you
straining and forcing? It’s the quickest path to tears and haemorrhoids, so
take your time, read a good book or magazine and relax!

Do you try to avoid overloading on stodgy simple
carbs like breads, cereals, potatoes? These can really bung up your bowels.

Are you aware of any food sensitivities? If you
suspect a food can cause your gut to go into turmoil, then have a kinesiology
session to rule out food sensitivities. Often the offending foods can be
reintroduced after a break from them.

Are your guts infection free? All too often, we
have gut infections (parasites, fungal, bacterial) which completely mess with
our gut flora and make food digestion virtually impossible sometimes.
Kinesiology can test for, and eradicate these offending negative organisms.

Are you sitting properly? We have a ‘kink’ in
our lower bowels which acts as a secondary support to the sphincter to stop any
leakage. With our normal seated positions on the toilet, this remains kinked,
but if you place a stool underneath your feet and lean forward slightly, the
kink straightens out. People notice huge difference in feeling fully evacuated
after sitting in this slightly altered position. Interestingly, the 1.2 billion
people that still squat to go to the toilet (which mirrors the altered position
and straightens the kink) have virtually no incidences of diverticulitis,
Crohn’s disease and haemorrhoids. Coincidence? I don’t think so!

Colonics can be wonderful in flushing out stagnant matter,
reducing toxicity and improving gut motility. If you’re Midlands based then
find out more at:

If you’re interested in finding out more about how your guts
work, then I highly recommend ‘Gut’ by Giulia Enders (ISBN 978-1-922247-96-4).
A fascinating and really funny read.