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The Poop & Health Connection

July 06, 2016

The Poop & Health Connection

We all poop; well, we’re all supposed to poop. Every time we eat, our body initiates a duodenal reflex that stimulates the motion of moving waste out of the GI tract. If your body is properly digesting food and moving waste through the intestines, you should use the restroom shortly after each meal.

 After a duodenal reflex, one of two things happen:

  1. You go to the restroom, feel light, refreshed and energized.
  2. Your colon is compromised so you get bloated, gassy or experience possible abdominal cramps. (A drop in energy and an upset stomach usually follows this.) 

It takes a lot of energy to digest food; in fact, digestion is the body’s number one source of energy expenditure. So a compromised digestive tract forces the body to work overtime, depleting energy that could be used on running, training, biking, etc. That’s why a healthy digestive tract is crucial for elevated energy levels.

Think about a baby and how often they need a diaper change, that’s because their digestive tract is moving efficiently. As we mature and wean off of mom’s milk, most people adopt the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.). This contributes to poor gut health, digestion issues and low energy levels.

So how do you know if you’re GI tract is healthy? You poop, multiple times a day and we don’t mean diarrhea. Normal, healthy poop should be brown, moist and cohesively well-formed. You shouldn’t have to push or strain to get something out, it should naturally flush out. Healthy bathroom regularity contributes to more energy, less body fat and mental clarity.

So what if you’re not making it to the restroom as often as you should? Take Pro Alpha Greens and subscribe to our mailing list to learn which foods to avoid and why our Greens are crucial for healthy elimination. Happy Pooping!