What’s a Healthy Bowel Movement?

It’s not just what you eat. It’s how it gets there.
Eater’s Digest, from Replenish is one eater’s reflection on the journey of her food.

This month: well . . . it’s poop

digestive-systemAm I really going to talk about poop? Indeed I am.

I know its not a pleasant topic.

Yet it’s an issue that comes up a lot in my practice. For me poop is an indicator of your health and it’s an important focus while we restore your body’s balance. It may be one of our best diagnostic tools!

Yet, the kids giggle. The adults try to hide their unease or they worry that it’s TMI.

But we get over it. And eventually we talk down and dirty details without discomfort.

The digestive system starts with the thought of food before its even consumed. It ends with the elimination of waste. Head to bottom.

As I prepare to co-teach Retreat: A TrulyFood Autumn Cleanse, I’m acutely focused on the role of the large intestine and the signs of my own health that I leave behind in the toilet each day.

In fact, I’ve developed a new diagnostic appreciation of my poop which I’ll share with you below.

The large intestine, or colon, is not only one of your major channels of removal and detoxification, but it’s one of the key organs associated with this season. It makes sense. The trees are releasing their leaves. The days are moving to darkness. And we can sink into the bowels, so to speak.

The colon has a significant role in digestion and in your overall ability to thrive. Its essential function is often grossly overlooked.

From the perspective of digestion, the colon is the last place for your body to absorb water and vital minerals and vitamins. A healthy large intestine is well-populated with friendly bacteria that act as gatekeepers. Those microbes allow the important nutrients to pass into your bloodstream while ushering the toxins and other unneeded rubbish toward excretion.

An unhealthy colon is not so well equipped to do this careful weeding out.

While we tend to focus more keenly on what we put into my body rather than what comes out of it, the elimination of undigested particles and other elements that we take in through our food, water, and environment is just as important as the digestion and assimilation of our meals. Failure to excavate toxic wastes causes some obvious health challenges as well as some that you might not otherwise connect to the health of your colon.
What are the obvious signs of a colon in need of repair?

  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • diverticular diseases
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chrohn’s disease
  • ulcerative colitis
  • hemorrhoids
  • colon polyps
  • colon cancer

Less than obvious symptoms of colon imbalances are indicated by anything from eczema to sinus headaches to kidney and adrenal challenges.

Constipation and diarrhea are a cry for help from your colon.

Eater’s Digest Homework:

What’s a Healthy Bowel Movement?

Many people ask me this. Here’s the list of what I’ve been looking for in the toilet this week.

* Stools should be relatively soft and easy to pass.
* Bowel movements should occur from one to three times a day.
* Gas, bloating and skin eruptions are indicators that the colon needs some support.
* Poop should be brown or golden brown
(and sometimes green or red if you’ve eaten certain foods).
* Eliminations should be sausage-shaped, with a smooth nut butter-like consistency ~ there should not be visible food particles mixed in especially if you’ve [chewed your food well.

Can you heal your colon and see the results in your elimination?


In Retreat: An Autumn Cleanse, starting October 7th, we’ll show you how.

And take a deep breadth. I promise we will be talking about a lot more than poop!


Tend to your best intentions and intestines with this season’s cleanse. . .

Retreat: A TrulyFood Autumn Cleanse


(recording available if you cannot join us at that time or date)

Group Cleanse Dates: October 7th through 13th

Get ready to focus on healing your digestion and your elimination (and most particularly your colon) and nourishing your body for the season ahead.

Secure your early bird spot now!

This is One Week of Easy & Nourishing Foods for Your Mind, Body & Spirit!

Enjoy simple soups, steamed veggies, smoothies and tea elixirs.

You’ll have access to all the teachings, instructions, protocols, community and 24/7 online support, all from your very own home!

Click here to register and to learn more about the intentions of an autumn cleanse. . . .
And get ready for some deep release.

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