All things lead to SHIT!
Now before you think this is some rant about how bad life is and that you try so hard and nothing works this is not the self-loathing blog for you.
This my dear is a blog about poo! You know the stuff that no one talks about or associates with their hot guy and girl crush. Sorry to burst your bubble sunshine but that hot crush you see with that immaculate body, smile and charm probably has a stinky poo. I know you are heart-broken, I can tell, but poo is normal and the fact that it has a little smell to it is okay because at the end of the day it is your bodies waste.
If you haven’t gathered from my previous blogs I have a prechent to talk about stuff other trainers don’t talk about. Today I’m going to get real personal and get into your home, your toilet and analyse your shit.
The Bristol Tool Chart is a great way to start to identify what’s going on at the end of your digestion. The chart is a medical aid designed to classify faeces into seven groups and here it is www.continence.org.au/pages/bristol-stool-chart.html.
Every person will have different bowel habits, but the important thing is that your stools are soft and easy to pass – like types 3 and 4 below:
- Type 1–2 indicate constipation (think painful blockage)
- Type 3–4 are ideal stools as they are easier to pass (toothpaste consistency)
- Type 5–7 may indicate diarrhoea and urgency (explosion of peanut butter)
So what is classified as a regular bowel movement? Being regular really means that soft yet well-formed bowel motions are easily passed and that this happens anywhere from 1–3 times a day to 3 times a week.
A 2004 study on nutrition and lifestyle and bowel movement frequency found that women had fewer bowel movements on average than men, and were less likely to have daily bowel movements. Also, vegans had more bowel movements when compared to meat eaters. Hmmm interesting, it goes without saying that fibre helps bowel movements. Other findings in this study include an increase in bowel movements for females when they vigorously exercise – et al Appleby PN.
So why the blog on poo? Well, I just wanted to be able to say shit and poo in the same sentence with some dignity oh and also because if you don’t exercise your bowels frequently then you may get sick. After all faeces is waste that our body needs to get rid of right?
So what happens when you aren’t I’m not frequent? Well other than the fact that you will feel lethargic, bloated and overall not that fabulous you might put yourself at risk of serious illness.
Infrequent bowel movements have shown to increase the risk of colorectal cancer in both men and women – et al Kojima.
If you have reached the end of this blog GOOD ON YOU now you now know a thing or two about poo. Now just to summarise kids:
- You need to poo
- If you don’t poo regularly might be wise to ask you GP for help
- Exercise, water and fibre have a positive effect on bowel movement frequency
- If you don’t poo you are full of shit and that’s never fun
Appleby PN, Key TJ, Sanjoaquin MA1, Spencer EA,. Nutrition and lifestyle in relation to bowel movement frequency: a cross-sectional study of 20630 men and women in EPIC-Oxford. National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine. 2004
M Kojima, S Tokudome K Wakai, Bowel movement frequency and risk of colorectal cancer in a large cohort study of Japanese men and women. British Journal of Cancer (2004) 90, 1397–1401.