Conversations about poo are not exactly cocktail party conversations (unless you’re at a party with me and my colleagues…) but nevertheless, what you see in the toilet after a bowel movement can give you a lot of information about the state of your health.

Type 3 and 4 are the ideal poo (Type 1 and 2 indicate constipation, while Type 5-7 tend towards diarrhoea or feelings of urgency)

So how to get the perfect poo?

Drinking plenty of water – at least 6-8 glasses a day, or 30cc/kg of body weight
Prunes – as well as bone building benefits, prunes help make great poo! Try a shot glass of prune juice at night before you go to bed
Lots of veggies and high fibre complex carbs
Be predictable! Your bowel doesn’t like change – have you ever noticed when you travel, it can take a day or two to have a good BM? Try to eat at roughly the same time every day
Listen to your body pt1 – your body needs and is designed to move – inactivity = sluggish digestive transit. Move!!
Listen to your body pt2 – when you have to go, go! Unlike the bladder, when you can postpone urination, if your body is saying it needs to defecate, listen and obey and head to that bathroom! (remember to use the toileting position & techniques outlined it my earlier blog post!)

In the next part of this series I will look at how beneficial abdominal massage can be for getting things moving…

Until then,