Is there really such a thing as a good poop? The answer is yes, and we should always strive for the healthiest elimination habits possible. Sometimes, due to things we have eaten, elimination is difficult, while other times it is difficult to stop. Proper digestion and elimination go hand in hand.
Drinking healthy smoothies is a fabulous way to rebalance your digestive system and relieve any uncomfortable issues that you may be having with elimination.
If your digestive system is in order, your elimination will be in order. Rather than reach for over-the-counter aids when things go wrong “down under,” try a healthier and safer alternative, a smoothie. No matter what your digestive malfunction is, there is a smoothie to rectify the problem. There is nothing healthier than a fresh smoothie made with whole food ingredients.
For these smoothies, be sure to use organic ingredients whenever possible. This will reduce the chance that your produce is tainted with pesticides, and since organic produce is generally higher in nutrients than conventional produce, it is your best choice. Shelf life of organic produce tends to be shorter, so be sure to only buy the amount you can use within this timeframe.
If you have a bowel movement less than 3 times a week, chances are you are constipated. Your poops may be small, hard and very difficult to pass causing you exceptional discomfort. It is important to understand that constipation is a symptom, not a disease. Over 4 million Americans suffer from frequent constipation.
Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water or if the colon’s muscle contractions are weak. Constipation may also be a symptom of dehydration, lack of fiber, inactivity, medications or irritable bowel.
Combine these ingredients in a blender for relief from painful constipation.
- 6 pitted prunes (dried plums)
- 1 cup organic apple juice (preferably fresh-squeezed)
- 1 cup of crushed ice (using filtered water)
- 1 cup of organic Kefir or plain organic yogurt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- Pinch of nutmeg
Put ice in the blender first, followed by other ingredients and blend well. Drink the smoothie right away.
Stinky Poop Smoothie
O.K. so you say that all poop stinks, right? Well, not exactly, some poop smells way worse than other poop. The odor of your poop is really dependent on a number of things, including what you are eating, medications, how long it has been sitting in your colon and possibly a bacterial imbalance in the digestive tract.
One way to bring balance back to your gut is to be sure that you are consuming plenty of healthy and organic vegetables and fruits and very little, if any, processed foods.
Combine these ingredients in a blender to help improve the overall health of your digestive tract.
- 1 lemon
- 1 cucumber
- 1 cup of crushed ice
- 2 carrots
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera juice
Put the ice in the blender first, followed by the other ingredients and blend well. Drink right away.
Not only is diarrhea uncomfortable but it can also be embarrassing. No one likes to spend all day in the bathroom if they don’t have to. Most Americans experience at least one bout of acute diarrhea, defined as passing loose stools of one to two days.
Young children are more apt to suffer twice as often as adults, according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse of the National Institutes of Health. While most cases of diarrhea will eventually calm down, you can get your digestive system back on track by consuming plenty of filtered water and a binding smoothie.
Combine these ingredients in a blender to regulate elimination.
- 1 cup oat milk
- 1/2 cup organic steel-cut oats
- 1/4 cup raspberry Kefir
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons organic plain yogurt
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy your drink right away.
-The Alternative Daily