We are healthiest when we fully empty our colon each and every day! Yes, we all come in different shapes and sizes, but a large stool, a minimum of 6 to 12 inches daily, does help to promote good health.
With a minimum of once per day as a guideline (although most people must poop 2-3 times a day to fully empty the colon), you also need to consider the type of stool. Here the Bristol Stool Scale is useful (see below).
If you have Type 1 or Type 2 stools, you are constipated.
Ideally, you want Type 4 stools.
Bristol Stool Chart
If you have Type 3 stools, your bowels aren't emptying often enough and you are likely dehydrated. In order to optimize your bowel function, you will want to work toward Type 4 stools.
The causes of constipation are many: hormonal, dietary, anatomical, a side effect of medication, poisoning by heavy metals, liver and/or gallbladder problems, lack of physical activity, an emotional decision, to name a few.
Hormonal constipation is very common among women. Hormonal constipation is not likely to be addressed simply with the common prescription of adding more fiber to the diet. With that said, increasing dietary fiber and supporting the liver with herbs, along with optimizing hormone levels based on the individual-specific results of a Female Hormone Panel, will generally relieve a woman of constipation. (To learn more about how to optimize your hormonal health, watch the video below.)
Women's Hormonal Health
DeeDee Delkamp of the Optimal Health Center and Vanessa Teff of Standard Process discuss women's hormonal health, benefits of alternative solutions such as herbs, and the tests used by the Optimal Health Network to determine a women's hormonal needs at different stages of menstruation and menopause.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can also cause constipation. IBS is often caused by a gluten, lactose, or casein intolerance. For some, just giving up the offending foods relieves the constipation. To determine if you have an intolerance, take an Adrenal Stress Index test and/or the Gastrointestinal Health Panel.
Pharmaceutical drugs can often cause constipation. Dietary changes, exercise, optimizing hormone levels (in both women and men), and regular sleep can often allow one to need fewer drugs, or no drugs at all, which can in turn eliminate the constipation.
If you have Type 5, Type 6, or Type 7 stools, your body is likely working to get rid of a slight-to-extreme bacterial infection or other irritant; and as soon as it does, you will return to Type 4 stools.
If your body doesn't adjust back to Type 4 stools, you could be looking at an infection or a bowel disease. If you continually have a Type 5 to Type 7 bowel movement, consider a Gastrointestinal Health Panel.
Type 5 to Type 7 bowel movements are not healthy.
With any type of bowel movements, enema therapy and/or colon hydrotherapy can assist your bowel to optimal health. If you need support unraveling the cause of your constipation, please contact the Optimal Health Center for support.
To set up an in-home colon cleanse program, we highly recommend a 4-Quart Silicone Flowmaster Complete Colon Cleansing Enema Kit. These kits offer the flowmaster same therapeutic cleanse as a colon hydrotherapy session. This safe, inexpensive, and effective in-home system will assist you to cleanse YOUR ENTIRE COLON!
Flowmaster Complete Colon Cleanse Enema Kit
DeeDee Delkamp and Kristina Amelong of the Optimal Health Center describe the Flowmaster Complete Colon Cleanse Enema Kit in detail.