Checking Digestive Function

 It’s an uncomfortable topic for some but taking a look at your bowel movements gives a good indication as to how your digestion is working.

Healthy Bowel Movements should take place ½ hour to 1 hour after eating. The color may vary depending on certain foods you have eaten but for the most part they should be light brown in color. There should be no odor. The texture or form of a bowel movement should be light enough to float, and heavy enough to keep in tact.

To see how long it takes for you to digest food, eat some corn. From the moment the corn enters your mouth until it reaches the bowel movement, should take about six hours. If it takes any longer than that then your digestion is not as efficient as it should be. Try drinking 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice before meals and take a digestive enzyme supplement with all your meals to help break down your food.

Here are some common problems people experience with their bowel movements and an explanation of those problems:

Greasy Bowel Movements that won’t flush: It’s important to have your bowel movements float but if they’re so light and greasy they won’t flush then is shows a liver imbalance. You should cleanse your body out and nourish your liver.

Foul-smelling bowel movements: Foul-smelling bowel movements are a sign of poor digestion and food stagnating in your large intestine. This means you are toxic and your gut is overly acidic. You are in need of digestive enzymes. The foods your eating are getting ‘stuck’ in your digestive tract and you are most likely not absorbing nutrients. A good cleansing diet is a good way to start and eating foods that are nourishing to the digestive tract.

Skid mark bowel movements: Your bowel movements have too much mucus, so they slide and stick to the edge of the toilet. You are lacking good quality fiber in your diet and need to eat more foods high in food enzymes. The stickiness is a sign of dampness inside the body, a very common condition. Reduce mucus- producing foods such as dairy and alcohol. Eat more sea greens.

Pellet bowel movements: If you’re producing rabbit droppings, then your liver needs help as it is congested. A good detox is recommended. Taking liver supporting foods and herbs will help your detox.

Light- colored bowel movements: If your bowel movements are light beige in color or have a yellow appearance it’s a sign that you have difficulty digesting fatty foods. You are most likely deficient in essential fatty acids (the good fats). Eat foods with essential fatty acids such as avocados, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and green sea vegetables.

Food in your bowel movements: It’s normal to find sweetcorn skin in your bowel movements as the outer layer is indigestible. However, if you find remnants of other foods, then it may mean your digestive system is weak. It could also mean that your not chewing your food enough. Chew your food thoroughly and remember your stomach doesn’t have teeth.

Worms in your bowel movements: This is more common then you think. Children can pass them on to adults. You can pick them up from your pets, eating poorly cooked pork, raw meats or raw fish. Deworm yourself right away. You will be low in nutrients because worms live off your nutrients. You’re probably anemic (low in iron) and most definitely low in B vitamins. A black walnut tincture will destroy worms. Eat lots of pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and figs to expel the little creatures.

Loose and runny bowel movements: This is not the same as a single bout of diarrhea caused by a bug. This is a situation where you’re bowel movements are not formed. It’s a sign that your spleen function is exhausted. For this, don’t eat too many raw vegetables until your bowel movements have improved. Eat warm foods and drink herbal teas or warm water. Ginger will have a great effect on you.

Thin, shreddy bowel movements: Your colon needs a cleanse. Having a colon irrigation will be most beneficial. Eat a diet high in fiber: lots of fruits, vegetables, and dark green leafy vegetables.



One Response to “Checking Digestive Function”
  1. Ann Greth says:

    What digestive enzimes should I get to help my problem.

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