The Living Experiment: Rethink Your Choices. Reclaim Your Life.
About This Show
Join Dallas Hartwig and Pilar Gerasimo for this series of smart, rollicking, no-BS conversations about healthy, happy, conscious living — plus real-life "experiments" to help you discover the practical shifts that work best for you.
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Episode 13: Poo
3 days ago
From a health perspective, what comes out of your body is every bit as important as what goes in. So we think it's high time we gave poo the respect it deserves. Look, we know, it's an awkward topic. And that's why it's so rarely discussed among friends, lovers and family members, or even with health care professionals. The problem is, when we don't talk about it, we don't learn about it. And when we don't learn about something as important as healthy digestion and elimination, we get into serious trouble. That's why more than 60 million Americans suffer from constipation, and far many too many endure oppressive bowel related discomfort, toxicity and related inflammatory diseases. So in this week’s episode of The Living Experiment, we have a frank conversation about feces, defining what’s “normal” — in frequency, form, and yes, even aroma. We also offer some helpful counsel on identifying and resolving common poo problems, and more. Even if you're a little grossed out, you're not going to want to miss this essential wisdom for improving your digestive process, your elimination experience, and your overall health. "Poo" Episode Highlights How your poop reflects your health, and relates to the condition of your skin (7:00) Some basics about frequency, effort and more (8:10) The relationship between your diet (especially fiber) and your defecation (11:10) How a lack of dietary fiber undermines elimination, causing recirculation of polluted bile, with inflammatory and cholesterol-raising results (11:35) The surprising range of serious health conditions that can develop from poor elimination and overstressed detox pathways (12:15) How gas, belching, and bad breath can result from waste that ferments in your gut for too long (13:40) A word on microbiome disruption and Dr. Elson Haas’s graphic warning against letting methane gas build up in your system (14:20) Using the Bristol Stool Chart to assess the shape, texture, and quality of your poo (16:10) Signs and causes of constipation, including stress and food intolerance (18:05) The German “poop shelf” and the value of examining your stool (20:20) GI tests as a diagnostic tool for identifying the underlying causes of digestive and skin problems, allergies, and asthma (21:20) Tips on what you can