By Lotus Finch, Oct 9 2017 01:29PM
As always, I hope this post finds you in fine fettle. I've never been one for pushing colonics as a weight loss solution and I don't even own a set of scales (other than in the kitchen!), but I do know that a colonic treatment can make you feel lighter, cleaner and healthier on the inside.
If we take care of the inside, it will reflect on the outside. Radiant skin, glossy hair and bundles of energy are all external indicators of vibrant health, but have you ever thought about looking in your toilet bowl after a No. 2 to get some inside information? I realise I might be in the minority with this one, but if you're not checking this out, you're missing a trick. I'm not asking you to poke it with a stick but a casual glance and check on the consistency and cleanliness of your movements will give you lots of valuable information.
Hopefully we've all enjoyed the pleasures of the amazing ghost poo.. you know, the one that pops out and disappears around the toilet bend before you know what's happening. No evidence of this guy on the paperwork either. Perfect. Aside from the disappointment of not being able to celebrate your poo (for those that look), this kind of effortless pooping experience is the gold standard!
Seriously though, greasy, slimy poos that require an inordinate amount of paperwork and leave skid marks in the pan are an indication that things are not so happy on the inside. A decent poo should make itself known and give you adequate time to find a loo, present without pain or discomfort, not require pushing or straining, and need only one cursory wipe of the bottom to ensure it's clean. Those that suffer with piles might need an extra wipe as, if external, they can make the anus uneven and therefore present more of a challenge, but you get the gist.
If you're having to spend ten minutes on the paperwork your gut is trying to tell you something, and it's not just that you're depleting the rain forests! It's likely that your diet is seriously lacking fibre, or you're producing a large amount of mucous in your stool. Some mucous is normal, but excessive amounts can indicate a problem, and if you ever notice bloody mucous, I'd advise you to visit your GP. Some foods, like dairy products, are actually mucous forming so you might try to avoid these and watch for the difference in your movements.
Increasing natural fibre in your diet gives the bacteria in your gut something to live on, which in turn supports a myriad of other essential functions in your body, not least your immune system. Fibre also bulks out the stool, making it easier to move cleanly through the intestines, keeping them clear and healthy, but remember, if you're increasing your fibre, don't forget to keep your fluids up too.
One of the most effective things I have found for the perfect, glossy, one plop, no wipe poo is flax bread. Flax bread is made with milled flax seeds. It's really easy to make with a prep time of no more than five minutes. Even if you don't fancy yourself as a chef, you'll be able to pull this off. It's not really a substitute for normal bread in that you can't make a sandwich out of it, but it's a very good accompaniment to soups and can be used as sweet or savoury snack, depending upon what you put on it. Linseeds, particularly in their ground form, are a great vegetarian source of the Omega 3 essential fatty acid, Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA). Our bodies can’t make ALA, so it is essential that we get them from our diet. These essential fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties, offering health benefits to a number of chronic diseases such as Heart disease, Diabetes and Arthritis.
You'll need the following ingredients and a lined 2lb loaf tin:
160 gms of milled flax seed
80 gms of olive oil
5 x eggs
large pinch of salt
squirt of honey or maple syrup (optional)
Mix everything together in one large bowl and pour it into the lined loaf tin. Bake in the oven at about 180 deg C for between 20 and 30 minutes. Leave to cool, then slice and munch away! You can get creative by adding different seeds and possibly raisins too, or recently I experimented with hemp seeds. It was delicious!
Lots of people these days are having restricted diets and many try to avoid traditional bread and pastries, so finding an easy alternative that is gluten free, wheat free and yeast free has been a real boost for me. It might not be advisable to those suffering with diverticular disease because of the small seeds, but otherwise, try it out and let me know how you get on. I'm sure your bowels will be over the moon!