It’s Friday morning and I’m talking bowel movements (BM). Waste matter. Excrement. The by-product your digestive system creates. If you’re a little squeamish on the issue, just think of it as science. Food goes in, you deconstruct food, your body absorbs the nutrients, and eliminates bacteria and waste. The problem I’m referring to usually falls in that last bit, getting rid of the waste.
According to the Bristol Stool Chart, there are 7 variations on BMs. The forms vary by how long the stool is spent in your colon. Which of the 7 types can you identify with? Hopefully, your BMs fall into the Type 4 category, which is considered to be the best type and demonstrates a healthy colon. Well formed stool is a result of proper consumption and healthy dietary habits. Here is Mark Sisson’s (of Mark’s Daily Apple) definition of good poop:
Proper poo should be somewhat large and well-formed, but not hard and dense. It should plop gently; this is not the time for a cacaphony of splashes. Ideal excrement is solid, smooth and comes out comfortably. If it comes out in tiny bumps or pieces, your colon may be irritated and you may not be eating healthy foods. Your stool should float or at least appear reasonably light; you do not want to be anchoring your toilet to the ground with the weight of your internal offerings. Heavy poop is not a healthy thing; it means your body is not absorbing and using nutrients from your food optimally. Your bowels are sensitive and contain important nerve endings and beneficial bacteria. If these becomes stressed or out of balance, you’ll know just by looking at your feces (and you’ll likely feel this, as well, with bloating, cramping, or discomfort). Are you a poo achiever?
He also goes into further detail in describing the bad forms of stool and the traits that goes along with each here. If you are eating lots of processed foods, or not taking in enough dietary fiber (think greens!), my guess is your BMs are inconsistent and not falling into the Type 4 category as described above. A healthy colon should be eliminating waste at least once per day, if not more, at around the same time. Otherwise, you run the risk of your body re-absorbing the very same bacteria it was attempting to eliminate.
The next time you squat down on the pot, take a gander at what your body is producing. Note how often you are going and the type according to the Bristol Chart above. If there are any differences, do you know what might have caused it? Whole 30’ers, do you notice any differences in your BMs from before, during, and after your 30 day period?
For those of you that like infographics, here’s one that covers both types of waste matter, urine and fecal.
And while I’m on the topic of deuce dropping, here are a few words from Coach Alia:
I would like to add that in the men’s and women’s bathrooms there is a jar of blue.
It was mixed up and created to use before you *ahem* poo.
It’s use is similar to Poo-Pourri and is very easy to use.
Here’s what you do, it’s really quite neat,
You spray it in the bowl before you take a seat.
It prevents the smell from a number two.
Use 5 or 30 sprays! Really, 12 pumps will do.
Thank you for your time, reading this rhyme
I hope you didn’t get too grossed out
This is the last line.
Bench press 3 x 5
Partner WOD: Synchronized
Each partner completes 20 of each movement/work at same time. Burpees have to sync the chest to floor, feet, and clap. HPC have to sync the power position and standing. OH Lunges have to sync knee to floor and full extension at top. Pull ups just have to sync chin over bar. Front Squats have to sync bottom of squat and top.