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Gut Health and Digestion – The Causes and Emotional Connection
Ideally, we should all have at least one to three bowel movements per day. Allopathic medicine diagnoses constipation when bowel movements occur three times or less per week.
According to holistic health practitioners such as naturopaths, Chinese medicine physicians and holistic nutritionists, if we have any less than one bowel movement per day we are constipated!
Within 30 to 60 minutes after eating, we should have a bowel movement. Eating stimulates the entire digestive system. The transit time of the bowel, or the time it takes for one meal to travel through the digestive tract, is approximately 18 hours.
Make it your habit to routinely sit on the toilet within 30 minutes to an hour after eating breakfast to train your body to relax the bowels and have a bowel movement. Your bowel movement should be soft and easy to pass with clean up being quite easy!
Use a 'Squatty Potty'
Consider adding a foot stool...
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