Poop: It Happens

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Written by: Dawn Grossi, LMT and Kate Costello

Poop Happens

Poop, it happens. We all do it.  If you don’t, get to a doctor immediately! While poop may be fun talk for 10 year old boys, most adults do not want to be bothered with it.  But, if you think about it, if you are a parent of children or pets, you are probably paying attention to this topic more than you realize.

If you or someone, pets included are not having regular and consistent out put, well, there may be a problem.  Why, you ask:

Over 70% of our immune system exists in the mucosal lining of our guts. That makes it fairly important to keep our guts happy. Some of the most important ways to keep your insides happy include keeping hydrated, make sure you drink water every day.  Getting enough Vitamin D helps prevent colon cancer and helps maintain a healthy colon.  Another key,  don’t hold it. If you feel like you need to go, go. Holding it too long gives toxins a better chance to leach back into your body.  And finally regular exercise will help keep you regular. It doesn’t have to be strenuous exercise, just a daily walk can do the trick.

GOOD EATING HABITS FOR HEALTHY BOWELS

Good Eating Habits for Healthy Bowels

Fiber: It does the body good…. REALLY!

We’ve all heard about fiber and it’s many benefits to your health.  Since Kate has autoimmune thyroid disease, things tend to move more slowly for her, so fiber is very important in her diet.  But fiber is an important part of every diet, and most people just don’t get enough.  The recommended daily intake of fiber is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men.  Now fiber may be best known for preventing and relieving constipation.  But it can also help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

We’ve all probably seen and heard of fiber supplements, but what are some healthy ways to add fiber to your diet through food? First lets look at the two types of fiber.

  • Soluble fiber. This type of fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Soluble fiber is found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium.
  • Insoluble fiber. This type of fiber promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, so it can be of benefit to those who struggle with constipation or irregular stools. Whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts, beans and vegetables, such as cauliflower, green beans and potatoes, are good sources of insoluble fiber.

Most plant based foods have both kinds of fiber, but the amounts vary greatly. Check out this list for the fiber content of popular foods. Fiber Content

SOME RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS FOR HEALTHY DIGESTIVE TRACTS

nutriclean advanced fiber powder

 

NutriClean Advanced Fiber Powder with Stevia

Ultimate Aloe

NutriClean Probiotics

Isotonix Digestive Enzymes with Probiotics

 

 

Now that you have some ideas as to why it is important and how to create and maintain good habits,lets address the aftermath, if you will , let us refer to it as the olfactory evidence.  Most people do not even want to have to think about replacing the toilet paper.  However, the lack of toilet paper and the presence of olfactory evidence are both unpleasant!

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Well, here are two good air freshener/odor eliminator options to prevent the unpleasant aftermath at least and the fact that the odor that is often worsened by using chemical based air fresheners/odor eliminators.

Both options contain essential oils which when sprayed on the surface of the water in the toilet PRIOR to using the toilet, create a physical barrier, trapping the odors below the water.You can buy a product called Poo Pourri that does the trick or you can make your own.

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Both Kate and I have used this product.  I have worked at a few place that keep this in their bathrooms as well.  We both HATE “chemically” smells and when they mix with foul odors, this product and the homemade concoction will not do that.

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Make your own:

To be honest, there are several options out there for making your own.  After some “research” we narrowed it down to this option.

You will need :

1.) Spray bottles/containers that will not etch over time from the essential oils.

Suggestions:  Glass Spray Bottles

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2.) Something to help the water and oil emulsify and increases the “oil” barrier on the water’s surface.

Suggestions:  Vegetable Glycerin OR  liquid soap AND Rubbing Alcohol or Vodka.

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3.) Essential Oils

Suggestions: Feel free to use any combo you like but if you want to mimic the above name brand’s original formula use bergamot, grapefruit and lemongrass.

 

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NOTE: I would normally suggest that you only use the highest quality essential oils you can buy. However, for the purposes at hand use whatever inferior essential oils you want.

imageDirections:

1 cup minus 2 tbsp. water
2 tsp. rubbing alcohol OR 4 tsp. vodka
2 tsp vegetable glycerine. OR 1 tsp. liquid soap
15 drops bergamot essential oil
15 drops grapefruit essential oil

15 drops lemongrass essential oil

Mix all ingredients very well in a small glass bowl.

Using a funnel, pour mixture into two –  4 oz. glass spray bottles.

Seal tightly and label.

 

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE :

  • Shake before use.
  • Spritz 5-6 sprays on surface of toilet water prior to”getting to your business” and … carry on!

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