Constipation and Food Transit Time

Constipation and Food Transit Time

So, I don’t poop every day – no big deal. The Doctor told me that if it’s normal for me, then I’m good! Really?

The food we eat must travel through eight meters – yes 8 METERES – that’s 26.2467 feet of intestines from the time it enters the mouth of an adult person until it come out the other end. Recent research from the National Food Institute has focused mainly on the influence of the bacterial composition of the gut on the health of people’s digestive system. I say, “It’s about time”!

The time it takes for ingested food to travel through the human gut – also called transit time – affects the amount of harmful degradation products produced along the way. This means that transit time is a key factor in a healthy digestive system.

Is Constipation a risk factor?

The study from the National Food Institute shows that transit time is a key factor in the activity of the intestinal bacteria and this emphasizes the importance of preventing constipation, which may have an impact on health. This is highly relevant in many places where up to as much as 20% of the population suffers from constipation from time to time.

The National Food Institute’s findings can help researchers better understand diseases where constipation is considered a risk factor, such as colorectal cancer and Parkinson’s disease as well as afflictions where constipation often occurs such as ADHD and autism.

So how does this all work and what does it mean? Well, after you chew your food and swallow it, it moves into your stomach. In the stomach, it’s mixed with acid and digestive enzymes. When it leaves your stomach, it is squeezed through your small intestine, where nutrients are absorbed and used up by your body. The food then goes into your large intestine or colon. In the colon, water gets absorbed. Whatever hasn’t been digested and absorbed by your intestines becomes stool (feces). The Stool is then expelled from your body through your anus.

I hear many clients say things like “well, I didn’t eat much today so I probably don’t need a colonic because there won’t be any poo” well guess what? There almost always is poo because “poo” is not just the food you eat. It’s large amounts of dead bacteria, dead blood cells, bile and undigested food matter that your body doesn’t need – basically, it’s toxic waste. So if it’s not coming out – it’s staying in and that is what causes many illnesses.

The time it takes for food to travel from your mouth through your digestive tract to your anus is your bowel transit time.

The food transit time depends on what types of food you eat and how much you drink. For example, people who eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains tend to have shorter transit times than people who eat mostly sugars and starches.

Here is a list of foods and their transit times…

Tips for good digestion and transit time:

  • Cleanse the colon regularly with quarterly colonic program.
  • Increase your daily fiber intake to 25-30 grams daily.
  • Start and exercise program.
  • Modifying your diet for proper food combining.
  • Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of purified water daily.
  • Take the time to sit on the toilet. Don’t delay the urge to go.
  • Don’t use chemical laxatives, they reduce colon muscle tone and are addictive.
  • Reduce portion sizes to the size of your fist.

It’s time for a clean-out. Let’s look at what you’re eating, drinking and pooping and let us help you get on the right track to good health.

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