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Have an awesome weekend! Your Cornerman with love, Dr. Thoma

This thing is loaded with information about your health. 

Are you listening (to your body, not to me)? 

Think back to your last bowel movement. 

What was the consistency? 

 Was it soft or loose? 

Hard to pass?

Uncomfortable?

No, I mean your last bowel movement. 

Many of us avoid thinking about our poop, but we have some valuable information to gain from this shit! Start paying attention to your bowel movements taking note of the experience and characteristics. 

Avoid assuming your poop is “good” or “normal.” The details will teach you a ton about your health.  

The data you collect about your poop is more powerful than most technologically advanced diagnostic tools or labs ordered by some dude(tte) in a white coat. Your poop, along with a couple of other things we’ll cover in the coming weeks, can tell you something is going wrong years before any “state of the art” medical technology “senses” something is awry — all you need to do is to become more aware of the signs. 

How do you know if your poop is healthy?

Types 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 are no bueno. 3 and 4, we adore!
Meet our friend Poopie Policeman. 

The Bristol stool chart is a diagnostic medical tool designed to classify the form of poop from type 1 to 7. The sad thing is that not many doctors use it. How does this make sense when so so many people have digestive system issues?

Use the Bristol stool chart to identify the type of stool. Do this for EVERY bowel movement that you have. Your goal should be to throw up 3s or 4s every time and to identify the cause of any bowel movement that isn’t a 3 or 4. There’s always a cause. Eliminate the cause.  

The most important thing to take away from the Bristol stool chart…

The Poopie Policeman knows what’s up.

Below is the Poopie Line-up taken from the book How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy. The book is loaded with a ton of great information!

Look at Poopie Policeman coming in strong at a type 3.5 on the Bristol stool chart. Image modified from How to Eat, Move, and Be Healthy. 

Look at Poopie Policeman coming in strong at a type 3.5 on the Bristol stool chart. Image modified from How to Eat, Move, and Be Healthy. 

1-3 per day for most of us. It’s more common for someone intentionally increasing food consumption, such as an athlete trying to gain a couple LBS to be on the higher end of the range. And extended fasting, such as in the treatment of some chronic illnesses, may reduce the frequency to less than one bowel movement per day. 

Shoot for 1-3 bowel movements per day and…

3 and 4, we adore!

“Every day we live and every meal we eat we influence the great microbial organ inside us – for better or for worse.” 

Your Poop Project to Kick Butt Health!!

1. Start monitoring.

  • Keep a written diary. Or, this may sound gross, but a picture is worth a thousand words, and it’s harder to BS yourself with this kind of evidence.
  • Take note of consistency and categorize it using the Bristol stool chart. 

2. If you don’t meet the criteria for “3 and 4, we adore” do your best to find out the culprit.

  • EVERY bowel movement you have should be a 3 or 4 on the Bristol stool chart or look like our friend the Poopie Policeman.
  • Many times “healthy” foods like protein bars and raw vegetables can cause inflammation in addition to the obvious junk in processed foods. 

3. Be aware of other possible symptoms of digestive dysfunction and get rid of the cause(s): 

  • gas
  • bloating
  • headache
  • burping
  • reflux
  • neck, shoulder, middle, and lower back pain
  • fatigue after meals
  • belly distension
  • constant hunger
  • muscle and joint aches

4. Shoot for a type 3 or 4 EVERY time. Some quick things to implement that can help: 

  • Eat a small dinner before sunset. After day 3 it’s much easier. Fight the urge to snack.
  • Avoid all processed food. If it has more than 1 ingredient don’t put it in your cart.  
  • Cook (sautee in coconut oil or steam) your vegetables. 
  • Meditate, pray, do something that chills your mind. 

5. Go to bed early enough that you don’t need an alarm clock. 

And lastly, get one of these…

So fresh, so clean! Bidet it.

3 and 4, we adore!!

Have an awesome weekend!

Your Cornerman with love,

Dr. Thoma


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