I know you all love my poop posts. I want to talk about this, because I think this is a big deal. A lot of people are suffering from diarrhea, or constipation (which is also not normal). Going out to eat, going to people’s houses, going to the mall, going camping–it’s uncomfortable. You never know when you’re going to have “issues.” You begin to hate public restroom toilet paper (you know what I’m talking about, right?) and you consider carrying a roll of squishy, soft Charmin with you everywhere you go (or maybe you already do?).
Have y’all heard of the Bristol Stool Chart? Please look at it and determine which type of stool you typically have. Types 3 & 4 are ideal–you should not have pain, or runny stools, or stools that are next to impossible to excrete.
Chronic loose stools often means that your body is not digesting fats or proteins–they are going straight to your feces. This doesn’t mean (as many people would say) that you should stop eating fats and proteins. That’s ridiculous. Your body needs fats and proteins to function properly. It’s unfortunate that your body doesn’t know what to do with fats & proteins, but you should not eliminate them from your diet, you should support your body’s need. So, first things first, remove the foods that irritate your gut and that might be causing the lack of absorption of proteins and fats:
- Refined SUGAR
I am not a doctor, but there are enough doctors talking about this that I believe it’s TRUE. Not only that, but I have seen that it is true in my own life. I was not diagnosed with IBS, but when I read the symptoms, I know that’s what I had. I have been on The GAPS Diet for a year and a half now, and my digestive problems are GONE when I avoid the above foods. I live diarrhea-free, constipation-free, and I have far more energy than I remember ever having in my life.
Your stools are a sign of how healthy you are. How healthy you allow yourself to stay determines your future health. Want cancer? Other serious diseases? Many years of living with that diarrhea (while underlying conditions occur in the body) will lead to extremely poor health. I see diarrhea as a big warning signal that something is wrong. IBS meds will put a band-aid on the issue but won’t solve it. The GAPS Diet solves it.
The GAPS Diet works for IBS, Crohn’s, etc. I believe that The GAPS Diet is THE diet for digestive disorders, autoimmune diseases and mental illnesses (Pretty much, I think that most of America should be on The GAPS Diet!).