Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wild Woman Wednesday

Wild women tackle delicate subjects.

So today we’re going to talk about fiber and elimination.  Not the most glam of subjects, and I will refrain from the plethora of jokes that could go along with it.  As I tell my clients, “It’s okay, I’m a health professional.  We can discuss this topic… don’t be embarrassed or afraid.”  Imagine how difficult it was to select an appropriate photo image for today’s topic!!!!  The joys of blogging…

Several of my friends suffer from diverticulitis, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), colitis, crone’s disease and celiac disease.  All these diseases affect your tummy and bowels.  We all have the occasional bout of constipation and/or diarrhea.  These days it seems like every fifth commercial deal with some type of intestinal ailment (and seemingly every third deals with erectile dysfunction… unless you’re watching sports – then it’s every other!  But I digress…). 

I am not a doctor, and what is listed here is simply for informational purposes only!!!!  But the main thing is… you need to be eliminating/voiding your bowels regularly.  There are many reasons why you may be constipated, including inadequate fluid intake/dehydration or amounts of fiber in your diet.  And while it usually isn’t serious, it can be very uncomfortable, and lead to problems if it is a prolonged problem.

Today I simply want to address two ways to have regular bowel movements – drink lots of water, and eat a healthy amount of fiber in your diet.  Again, I am not a doctor, and ALWAYS ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE CHANGING ANY DIETS OR STARTING ANY EXERCISE PROGRAMS!  But if you are finding that you aren’t voiding regularly, perhaps it could be something as simple as hydration and a higher fiber intake.  Below I have listed several website links that offer listings of high fiber foods, and additional information on today’s topic.  I highly recommend you read these articles just for your general information on health.  Wild women stay aware of health topics and their bodies!  The first link is to a Huffington Post article listing 16 great high-fiber foods, including some that might not immediate come to mind such as legumes, artichokes, avocados and chia seeds (of course, those suffering from diverticulitis have to stay far away from berries and seeds). 

Again, while it’s not something we talk about regularly (hi, how are you, how’s your bowels???), regular elimination is crucial to optimal health.  So exercise your right to be informed – it’s your duty… doody…whatever!  (Okay, I couldn’t resist.)


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