Impacted Colon

What Should Poop look like?

Poop might not be a popular topic of discussion except when you come here to see me!  But it cannot be ignored.  It is one of the best gut-health indicators there is, but how often does a doctor show interest. They should. You could have an impacted colon, that could be causing your problems.  “Everybody Poops”.   This is a fact. 

The healthy feces are usually 1.2 inches in diameter, golden yellow or brown in color. Soft but not too soft.  Sort of like soft serve yogurt but with ragged edges. It is common for low carb dieters to experience changes in their bowel movements, many times toilet paper is not needed! Your body is great at moving carbs along. Since carbs are less filling and faster moving, we eat a lot more. This, long story short, means more feces.

They have no strong smell, with 2 to 3 pieces of feces for each bowel action.  Evacuation should feel complete versus incomplete, which would indicate sub-optimal bowel movements and quite possibly an impacted colon.  Many of my patients come to see me because of this specific complaint.

How many times are you going, could I have an impacted colon?

Going too frequently or not enough can be cause for concern that your digestion is suffering.

Bowel movements that occur more than three times a day could mean that things are moving too quickly through your intestines.  This will not give your digestive system enough time to absorb important nutrients that your body needs to function properly.  However, going any slower than one time a day will expose your body to a lot of toxins and waste products.  Body Detox - Is it necessary?  So, having anywhere from one to three bowel movements per day is recommended for good health.

What does it all mean?

Problems:

Fatty - Stools should not float, be chalky or pale, look oily or have a very foul smell. This could mean you aren’t absorbing or digesting fat properly.

Green - This can indicate a malabsorption problem or issues with gallbladder or bile production. This might mean that the meals you eat are passing through your system too quickly.

Leftovers - Seeing food in your feces, not good. This could mean you might not be chewing thoroughly, don’t have enough stomach acid or cannot tolerate that particular food.  I take Hydrocholoric acid with pepsin when I eat proteins.  This helps the mature adult with less stomach acid digest easier. That is 90% of us!  The drs. will try to tell you that you need an antacid when what you really need is more acid.  

Myth:

Heartburn occurs when stomach acid is too high and should therefore be treated with antacids (Tums, sodium bicarbonate, milk of magnesia) or drugs which inhibit stomach acid secretion (Prilosec, Zantac, Pepcid).

Truth:

Heartburn usually accompanies low stomach acid, which leads to malabsorbtion of key nutrients. It can be treated with a nourishing diet and supplements instead of drugs which can further increase nutrient malabsorption. This is one of the causes of Vitiligo, sufferers. 

Black, red and other colors - You shouldn’t see mucus in your stools or in the toilet, or anything clear, white or yellow. This could be a sign that you have inflammation in your intestines.  Jet-black feces could be a sign of bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract. Blood on toilet paper might just be hemorrhoids.

Pencil-thin - could be a sign of rectal cancer, or a narrowing or obstruction.  If this lasts longer than two weeks it needs to be addressed.

Unless your stools are type 4 to 6 (normal), they are impacted. Impacted stools can be small, large, hard, soft, dry, moist—it doesn‘t matter. What “impacted” means is that they had a chance to pile up and compress in the large intestine. Despite all of the nonsense you‘ve been hearing about “formed” stools, if yours are “formed", they are impacted and you need to try Colon Hydrotherapy pronto!

 If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call today to book a consultation and I can help you understand and address these problems. 

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