Dr. Isabel MD Inspires
How's Your Stools? Yes, I said it!
Hello! I’m Dr. Isabel, Medical Doctor and Founder of Doctoronamission.com. On today’s episode, we will be talking about how your stools are doing.
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Another word for stools is poo, or another word is bowel movements, or ‘bms’. Okay, now that we’ve got that figured out, I just want to talk to you about Constipation. Do you know that I am asked, as a Doctor, by parents about Constipation [with their children] starting at about one year of age. I take care of Constipation from the age of one to greater than one hundred. And you know what? I want to teach you, show you, inspire you today about how to have a good bowel movement so that you don’t get constipated.
Okay, so what does a good bowel movement look like? Well, we’ll start with the basics. You want to be pooing something [sizewise] that looks like from your index to your thumb—that’s the roundness that you want. And you want to poo about 30 cm (or a foot) a day. And it doesn’t have to come out of you all at once; it could be half twice a day.
But that’s the bottom line: index finger to thumb around [in diametre] and you want it to be 30 cm or 12 inches [in length]. If you are pooing stools like little rocks, that’s not good. If you are not pooing everyday, that’s not good either. You need to get into a routine where you’re getting good bowel movements.
So how to you get good bowel movements? Well, #1 you drink water, H2O. If you don’t like the taste of water, well then guess what? You need to learn to love water. Put a little mint in there, put a little orange, put a little lemon—whatever you need to do.
The next is oils. You need to lubricate that GI, that intestine of yours. How to we do that? By eating good oils. And the oils that I recommend for you and your lovely family are butter (instead of margarine), cocoanut oil, and extra virgin olive oil—just some of the good oils to be using.
The next is fibre. What is fibre? Fibre is that stuff you see in your vegetables and fruits. I just want to give you a visual about what fibre does. Fibre is like a scrub brush, and it scrubs the inside of your intestines to get all of those toxins, all of that dead decayed food (yuk!), off the inside lining walls of your intestines. Fibre also fills you up, so the more fibre you eat, the fuller you’ll feel, and the less you’ll eat. You you want to have about 30-50 grams of fibre a day. Not the recommended 10-25, no, no no! The new recommendations are 35-50 grams a day. And where do you find all this fibre? Well, all vegetables have good fibre, but dark green leafy vegetables have the best fibre.
Your fruits also have fibre. And legumes also have fibre. What’s a legume? Legumes are beans. And I just want to share with you a little song that my brother Michael used to sing to me and my family at our dinner table when I was a little girl about beans when my mom would serve us beans. I’m going to get my instruments ready … so hold on. And the song goes like this:
“Beans, beans are good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you fart! The more you fart, the better you feel, so let’s have beans for every meal!”
My brother would make us laugh so much! The other legumes are things like lentils, chick peas, red kidney beans … those are some of the legumes that have high fibre. Remember, you don’t want to eat a whole 50 grams a day right away, because you’ll be doing the ‘ol [farting] right away, so you want to slow down. If you are doing a lot of flatulence, then slow down on your intake of fibre and just work your way up to 50 grams a day.
Nuts also have a good level of fibre in them. So, after you’ve had 30 cm a day, and from thumb to index finger in size, you can take a look in the toilet bowl, and go “bye bye poopie!” And then just go ahead and flush! So the ‘take home’ is:
• 30 cm;
• thumb to finger;
• doesn’t have to be all at one time (can be in two halves);
• make sure you are doing that every single day.
Plus, the more fibre you eat, the more Colon Cancer and Constipation that is kept away. Yes! And that is a good life. How would you like to live a long, vibrant life without Constipation? Yes!!
Well, that’s it from me from today’s episode. Thanks for coming and listening, and if you have any comments , why don’t you go ahead and leave a message below, because I’d love to hear your comments. Just keep them clean, because this is a family business.