A subject not often spoken about but should be. Some things we should know about to see if our plumbing system is working well:
Do you have to push and strain? How often do you go? Do they flush easily? These are all questions we should be asking ourselves.
If we are going to the toilet 1-2 times a day, that’s great – our metabolism is working well and we are cleaning out our garbage.
If you are only going every 2nd day (which is normal for some people), just check that you are eating enough fibre.
If 2-3 times a week only, you should increase your fibre and water intake.
Once a week and you need to change your eating habits.
To check the speed at which food is passing through your body, eat corn or beetroot. When did you eat them and how long before you passed them? 12-36 hours is great.
If you find when you do go that your No 2’s  float to the top, this could mean too much fat in your diet. If they sink and sit on the bottom and disappear quickly, it can be a sign of not enough fibre. Just sitting on the bottom like a sunken ship is ideal.
Diarrhoea can be a sign of an intestinal upset. Sometimes an excess of magnesium or vit-c can have the same effect.
If they are really smelly, it may mean that you are eating a high fibre diet, or it could also mean that everything is not passing through in good timing and has started rotting.
You don’t want to strain or push hard, everything should come out easily and you should feel as if you have fully emptied.
Your bowel movements have a major impact on your ability to lose fat and your energy levels. If you are having trouble with either, this is a good place to start looking. So let’s listen to our bodies by observing what goes in and what comes out.