Everyone wants the low-down on their bodily functions, but it seems people are too shy to ask about their personal plumbing. But as a health coach and nutritionist I get emailed a lot of questions about stomach pains, poop concerns and awkward gases.
Even if you're Ashy Bines, your innards are not a very pretty sight. Yet your gastrointestinal track is something we should really be giving as much attention as the Victoria Secret Angels on the runway.
Your gastrointestinal track starts from your oesophagus, to the stomach, then onto 6 metres of small intestine and finally onto 1.5m of large intestines... also known as your clone. And unfortunately sometimes, these dependable routes can leave us feeling confused when there is a sudden hold-up or emergency exit.
Digestive problems such as acid reflux and constipation can affect up to 60 per cent of Australians, so it's definitely a topic we need to address a bit more often. So, that is why today I bring you some of the most common questions and concerns I face with many clients.
What is a 'good poo' meant to look like?
Talking about your pooey problems isn't as easy as discussing the latest hot spot for an almond-milk latte. After all, women don't poop, do we?? Ahem. But let's be frank, we've all peeked at what we leave in the loo. And it's for good reason too. Your poop can tell you a lot about the state of your health. If you're passing what I like to call "the magic S" or a something that resembles a sausage, you're doing well. More specifically, it should ideally be about 3 to 4 centimetres in diameter.
Floating poop is something to keep an eye on too. This can mean you've got a gastrointestinal infection, not digesting fats properly or experiencing malabsorption where your body is not correctly absorbing nutrients. Ideally, your poop should range from a brown, greenish and yellow hue. Red or black bowel movements could caused by bleed and possibly a sign of a stomach ulcer. Very pale poop can indicate your gallbladder is blocked. Of course, see your doctor if you have any concerns with your bowel movements.
Why does coffee go straight through me?
Oh caffeine! The occasional 'floodgate' opener. Caffeine awakens nerve fibres in your colon, causing it to contract and move contents south. However, depending when you drink your cappuccino can also have impact on your bodily functions. In the morning, when your stomach sense it's first food or drink of the day (be it coffee, eggs or muesli) it sends a hormonal message to the colon to contract. This magical reaction is called gastrocolic reflex and ensure that food from previous meals isn't sitting around for too long.
Peace, Love & Blessings.