All things Poop- how to improve your intestinal health with Jo Pukallus

Our resident colonics and intestinal health expert, Jo Pukallus, is back with a more in-depth breakdown of intestinal health and how to improve it! Enjoy.

What is our Poop actually make up of?
Faeces is mostly made of about 75% water. The rest is made of dead bacteria that helped digest our food (R.I.P but thankyou), living bacteria, fibre, waste material from food, cellular linings (corn, tomato, capsicum skins), fats, salts, and other substances released from the intestines and the liver. Although it should be about 75% water, this number varies for each person, depending on how long the faeces stay in the intestine. Which brings us to our foods Transit Time. Transit time  The size and shape of your stools indicate how long the food has spent in your digestive tract. The transit time in a healthy bowel should be between 18 and 36 hours from the time the food is eaten to the moment it gets eliminated. The average persons is at least twice as long 54 to 72 hrs. Longer transit times can be associated with low energy, bad skin, congested blood, decreased immunity an degenerative diseases.  
A GOOD WAY TO CHECK YOUR TRANSIT TIME IS TO EAT SOME FRESH OR BOILED BEETROOT AND NOTE THE DATE AND TIME. THEN SEE HOW LONG IT TAKES FOR YOUR STOOLS TO BECOME BRIGHT RED IN COLOUR. This can tell us if we are or at risk of constipation.  

Could your colon be in a “holding” pattern like an overburdened airport?
There are lots of planes to dispatch but the bad weather has slowed everything up and no ones moving very fast.  That's what it’s like with accumulation in your colon, it causes havoc on the rest of your body by overloading it with toxins from decomposing compost bin.    

CONSTIPATION – IT’S TRUE NO ONE TALKS ABOUT THIS   
• Despite “going everyday”, many people are not aware that they may have a bowel problem.  
• If wastes in the body are allowed to build up they will decay and absorb through the walls of the colon into the bloodstream. AKA Leaky gut
• Constipation also increases the workload of the other excretory organs- the skin, the kidneys, the lymphatic system, and the lungs. These other organs become overworked and burdened
• These toxins can poison the brain and nervous system, so we become depressed, irritable, weak and lethargic;
• This decaying matter poisons the lungs and your breath smells foul;  
• It poisons the digestive system so you feel distressed and bloated;  
• It poisons the blood so that your skin is dull and unhealthy. Every organ is affected, 
   
CAUSES OF CONSTIPATION * Too little liquid * Too little bulk * Too little movement * Parasites * Yeast overgrowth (candida) * Emotional tension * Mechanical problems, e.g., prolapsed colon * Poor choice of foods * Improper combination of foods * Weak muscles of the colon * Inherited weaknesses  
   
CONSTIPATING FOOD AND DRINKS * Cheese * Fried foods * Sweets and sugar products * White flour * Salt  * Beef, it takes longer to digest  * Processed foods * Pasteurised milk * Wine with meals * Coffee has a drying effect on the colon so for every cup of coffee you need 2 glasses of water to replace what the coffee depletes  

Instead of providing nourishment to the nerves, muscle cells and tissues of the walls of the colon, such substances can actually cause starvation of the colon. A starved colon may let a lot of matter pass through it, but it is unable to carry on the last stages of digestion.  
In order to be healthy, the body must be nourished properly. The colon produces a coating of mucus to protect itself from junk foods, pasteurised milk, preservatives, chemicals and other pollutants. In time, this mucous coating can get as thick and hard as plastic. You can spend a fortune on vitamins, herbs and organic foods, but the mucous coating prevents proper absorption of nutrients into your bloodstream. After all we are not what we eat, we are what we ABSORB.
 
SHADES OF POOP (some look some don’t but no one ever admits it)  
BROWN You’re fine. Poop is naturally brown due to the bile produced in your liver
LIGHT COLOURED GREYISH STOOLS Can indicate anemia, gallstones or insufficient production of bile by the body
GREEN  Food may be moving through your large intestine too quickly, or you have eaten lots of green leafy vegetables or green food coloring
YELLOW Greasy, smelling yellow ones indicate excess fat which could be due to a malabsorbtion disorder like celiac disease
WHITE CHALK LIKE STOOLS Normally the result from a combination of factors from a low fibre diet, high in fats and processed foods. Severe dysbiosis often caused from long term use of prescription drugs, appetite suppressants and laxatives. All these virtually bring the colon to a stand still.
GASSY (SMELLY) STOOLS often evidence of lactose intolerance, or bacterial imbalance. Can also be overdoing one type of food eg onions beans and pulses.   

Elvis Presley’s Gut Health: Apparently the autopsy of Elvis Presley showed that his colon was approximately twice the normal diameter 12-13 cm compared to the norm of 5-6cm and full of compacted chalk like faeces. Elvis was a notorious unhealthy eater who was prescribed concoction’s which included uppers, downers, laxatives, narcotics, hormones and shots that kept him going through the last decade of his life.   

Respect your Intestinal Flora as it is the Key to Gut Health  
The whole digestion and waste removal process largely depends on activities of the intestinal flora to create a healthy composting machine. Here are some pretty amazing facts about our microbiology:  
• Our large Intestine accommodates between 200 and 500 different colonies of bacteria.  • Each one of us is a host to a whole sealed eco-system and no 2 are the same. • There are more microbial cells in our bodies than there are human cells • 95% of all the cells in the body are bacteria mainly living in the digestive tract.  • There are more bacteria in the colon than people who have ever lived • Everyone has 1kg in weight of bacteria in their gut. • Each gram of faeces contains 100,000,000,000 (100 billion) microbes  
There is a lot of research on gut bacteria showing these little inhabitants not only help eliminate wastes, but also act as the most effective immune barrier for the whole body, destroying invading pathogens, making vitamins and provide the body with other services that are only now coming to light.   

What’s causing damage to our internal eco system actually comes from outside the body in the form of undesirable pathogens, including harmful bacteria and parasites, which compete with the beneficial bacteria for space and food. Even greater dangers come from our food and lifestyles. Excessive sugar, alcohol, cigarettes, antibiotics, pain killers, prescription medications, and processed foods are some of the greatest enemies of our good bacteria.  

If you want to keep your gut healthy, include lots of fresh vegetables and fibre so these bacteria can thrive. Include fermented products such as kefir and fermented vegetables. These pro biotic rich foods help the gut maintain an environment flourishing with good bacteria which helps out number the pathogens  
In regards to parasites it’s inevitable that we will come in contact with them in our life so it is wise to do regular parasite cleanses.

Can emotions affect our digestion?  
Emotions are such a big part of what we are. Your gut is your feeling brain and about 90% of serotonin, our happy hormone, is made in the digestive tract.  What I see with my clients is sometimes people can have a near perfect diet but their digestive system doesn’t work very well and they are generally not feeling very happy.  
Then there’s the “two burgers and a beer a day” people whose digestive systems actually works surprisingly well considering what they put in it. These 2 different reactions can be linked to their different EMOTIONAL MAKE UP and their reactions to stress. Put simply with less emotional tension our digestive system works nice and freely.  Cleansing and Repairing  Colonic irrigation is a strong cleanse just like spring cleaning your house or clearing out your garden. As we all know if you don’t maintain order in your house and garden, things will quickly return to the way they were. Cleansing out the overloaded system can then make way to restoring and repairing healthy digestion which includes re introducing an abundance of good bacteria into a home where they will flourish.  
There is a lot we can do to improve our digestion and gut health, and sometimes our bodies need some extra help. 
The most successful methods for ongoing removal of waste from the walls of the stomach, small intestine, and colon are:   
    Water Keeping a fluid intake of 3 Litres (Add a pinch of Celtic Salt for minerals) will keep you well Hydrated to help dissolve, soothe, and tone intestinal tissue.  
- Get plenty of fibre from your diet especially from fresh fruit and vegetables. Fibre has the capacity to extract many feet of mucus from the intestinal walls in a short period of time. Include ferments too!    
- Chew your food thoroughly. Your mouth is the first stage of digestion. And your stomach doesn't have teeth!!    
- Fasting. Your digestive tract is always in operation; a fast will let it have a well deserved break.  
- Emotional and Physical Stress. Be aware of issues affecting you emotionally and mentally. Your gut is your feeling brain and it gets stressed too.  
- Squatting or using a squatting stool while having a bowel movement. Our modern toilets are ever so convenient and civilized, however their major design flaw for our anatomy is they require us to sit, which can “kink” the Large Intestine and affect our ability to entirely eliminate. A great way to introduce a squat position on our shiny thrones is pop a step/foot stool under your feet to allow the hips to rotate into the “squat” position.  
- Abdominal massage in a clockwise direction. Massage and regular exercise help break up hardened matter, stimulate lymph circulation, and tone weakened abdominal tissue.

If you would like more information about colonics or how to improve your intestinal health, head to Jo's facebook page, Essential Body Care- Toowoomba Colonics, and contact her today!