In our society, we talk a lot about what we eat and what we drink and of course, it has great importance. Hence the saying “We are what we eat.” Although others would say, “We are what we understand” – and with more reason, because we have spent a few decades eating things that destroy our body rather than nourish it.
But I would like to ask you a question, both one which is relevant and dynamic.
How do you evacuate?
Why is it of such special interest for each one of us to know?
In other words, my purpose will always be to demonstrate the relationship between everything that happens to us inside the body with inflammation. Frankly, the way to know how to interpret, how to evacuate, how many times, and what color it is really – is like a thermometer of the functioning of our organs. The way we evacuate is also an indicator of what we should eat and should avoid.
To my clients, I can not shy away from asking them questions related to the evacuations. This is because it helps me understand quickly if any back pains are related to the intestines. I can assure you that a large part of the people have muscular pains for this reason.
I will try to provide some data that may surprise you. Below you can see what is called the Bristol table. This helps us interpret what could happen when we evacuate. Although, if you want to know for sure, you would need specific tests such as GUT SCREEN that are done at highly specialized laboratories. Especially when we talk about “intestinal dysbiosis and its type”, if it is fermentative or putrefactive. It may seem strange to us, but it would be convenient to look at our evacuations to have some idea of what is happening inside our body or if we have to make some dietary changes.
Below you will find the Bristol Scale, this is not constitutive of a diagnosis, but determinative. For a deeper look, I advise you to visit to the specialists or specialized laboratories, or therapists who specialise in treating the digestive system. From my point of view a therapist not only has to have knowledge about the treatments but also to understand how the digestive system works.
Let’s take a look at the following table:
Type 1 – Stool in the form of hard and separate balls that pass with difficulty.
This type of stool can be painful because the balls are hard, so they are associated with constipation. They can appear after a diet low in fiber. This is also an indication that they have spent a lot of time in the intestinal tract.
Type 2 – Stool in the form of sausage shapes made up of fragments.
These stools are similar to the previous ones, only that they have formed a joint structure. They can be very painful and maybe even cause cracks, anal prolapse, or haemorrhoids. These stools have also remained inside the body longer than time.
Type 3 – Sausage-shaped stool with cracks in the surface.
These feces have a higher water content than the previous ones and usually indicate a faster and more regular intestinal transit. However, its diameter may vary between 2 and 3.5 cm, which can pose a certain risk of forced expulsion that can cause anal fissures and hemorrhoids.
Type 4 – Stool in the shape of a sausage or snake and smooth.
This type of stool would be the “ideal”, the result of a balanced diet and good hydration. The diameter varies between 1 and 2 cm. These are the typical stools of a person who defecates without any risk.
Type 5 – Soft balls with defined edges that are easily defecated.
These stools are typical of people who go to the bathroom 2-3 times a day, usually after meals, so there is usually a bowel movement fast without any risk.
Type 6 and 7 – Here we enter a terrain of diarrhea:
We are looking at very doughy stools, the example of terrain 6 and the characteristics of these evacuations are those that require our urgency to expulsion, a consequence of many factors but mainly related to the gastrointestinal tract which of course is not the right time to discuss it since it is too widespread. I would like only stress on the fact that if this lasts several days, go to the doctor.
Smell – in normal conditions, repellent, just not pleasant.
Color – rather light brown.
Texture – consistent
Abnormalities : yellow color : hepatic dysbiosis
– grey color : may indicate lack of bile
– black color : excessive fermentation or bleeding in the intestinal tract, superior or excess iron
– red color : bleeding in the lower intestinal tract
Undigested food : – dysbiosis
(Some causes) – food is not chewed well
All these symptoms that I have mentioned above are not isolated but rather symptoms that are seen very often. But this does mean that the body is giving warning signs that the digestive system is not doing its tasks well. It is an indication that even though the body is well fed, it is not well nourished. What happens it these abnormalities last long?
I think the answer is evident in many ways, but let’s just mention one example, hypochlorida. We are talking about a very low production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach that can cause an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. It is logical if I do not have enough chlorohydric acid every time we eat the possible bacteria that we eat through the food, our body does not have a strong antiseptic barrier. Therefore they pass more easily and this will eventually affect our intestine, causing a significant change in our bowel movements and cause inflammation. We can also talk about the stomach mucosa if it is affected, it affects the sulfate groups that connective tissue needs in fact.
It means that for the reconstruction of the stomach, the mucosa is needed. Also, among other things the sulfate groups are important, whose absence of necessary amounts, by a “damaged” mucosa, will cause a greater demand for connective tissue and consequently the tendons will degrade. Thus, we can understand that, in reality, only with manual therapies the treatment falls short if digestion is not improved and good treatment for the digestive system.
Well, I hope this article makes us more aware of our digestive tract and that we pay attention to it, not only observing our bowel movements but making changes in our eating habits.