In this episode, Stacy and Sarah talk poop! They discuss how you can tell if your digestion is in shape and what to do if it’s not.
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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 268: How Do I Know if My Gut is Healthy?
- Intro (0:00)
- News and Views (0:41)
- The phrase is: “Trying to get credit for things you’re supposed to do.” It was inspired by a profane Chris Rock bit from Bigger and Blacker.
- Stacy has become a big fan of Felix Gray computer glasses! They are awesome!
- This week our topic is all about gut health! Stacy is SO into it!
- We have a lot of questions about it, probably because the topic is so taboo in polite society.
- Genia says, “How do you tell if you have an unhealthy gut? What are the best things I can start doing now to start working on my gut health? I am very new to Paleo and there is a lot of info out there. Thank you for any info or tips. Also I am slowly listening to your past podcast. What do you think are the best episodes for a newbie to listen to first?” (8:26)
- Don’t listen to our first Mark Sisson episode where Sarah fangirled all over him. (Do listen to that!)
- What Do I Do After a Bad Reaction
- Stefani Ruper’s shows are Episode 80, Episode 87, Episode 6, and Strong Woman Radio 25
- Denise Minger is here and here
- And check out our Paleo 101 series here.
- At home gut health tests are in Paleo Principles and on The Paleo Mom.
- Gastrointestinal symptom checklist:
- pain or straining
- undigested food
- blood in the stool (dark clotted blood. bright blood is from anal fissures probably)
- If you notice your digestion, there’s probably something wrong.
- Normal frequency is 3 times per day to 3 times per week.
- Sarah is a fan of Dr. Jeff Leach from the Human Food Project.
- Stacy reminds herself that only humans are embarassed by poop this way.
- Compare your poop to the Bristol Stool Scale. You should consistently at level 3 or 4.
- Transit time test: eat something you can see in your stool like corn or sesame seeds or beets. Time from eating to pooping. Ideally between 12-48 hours.
- If your concerned, see a doctor. They can do more tests like stool analysis, colonoscopy, biopsy, etc.
- If you don’t need a doctor’s care, then you probably need to change your diet.
- Increase fruits and vegetables. It’s the fiber.
- Increase Omega-3 fat intake.
- Lower saturated fat
- Eating fermented foods, especially wild fermented.
- Some nutrients help form the intestinal junctions: fiber, quercitin, burburein, zinc, and glycine.
- Don’t get overwhelmed by feeling like you need to do everything at once! Take it steps at a time.
- Focus on nutrient density and everything else can follow. Is this food helping my health, hurting my health or neutral?
- DO NOT SEND US PICTURES OF YOUR POOP!
- Rate and review us. Goodbye!
- Outro (46:45)