Let’s talk about poop- seriously. It’s something we’ve never talked about before. But here’s the truth, everybody poops…and I’m pretty sure “women” fall under the category of everybody. We can try to run from the fact that it actually happens, go into another bathroom or wait until no one is around, but yeah it’s happening. And it should! Daily in-fact. This post may be a little TMI for some of you, but I feel like it’s a topic that should be talked about. And again… we are friends, right!??
Apparently there is no rule that says you have to go once a day. But it is your bodies way of eliminating waste, so it is best that you do go daily, if not twice a day. Not pooping for a day or two may happen on occasion though. In short, I guess, if you feel okay– no trouble making it etc., you probably don’t need to worry. Personally, I like to go first thing in the morning and if I don’t- I feel terrible the rest of the day. I’m like clock work *if I’m home*. And that’s a whole other story. Traveling takes it’s toll on my tummy. Does the same thing happen to you? It does for most.
I feel like since I’ve gotten older, things are changing. It’s not only my skin, my body and my mind, it is my gut as well. I guess once you hit 40, this is what happens. I’ve had to figure out a few things to help me along in this department, and my hope is that maybe it can help you too!
MY RULES & ROUTINE
First, before doing any of the things I am about to discuss, I certainly make sure my water intake is good. I’m telling you, that makes a world of difference! As a rule of thumb, you should drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day. So for me that is about 65 oz. of water a day, if not more. Yes, I know that sounds cra cra, but try it. You will notice such a difference in so many things. I can totally tell when I’m down on my water intake.
I know that seems overwhelming, but it really will help move things along. Obviously getting enough vegetables + fiber is key. Coffee typically gets things going in the morning for me, along with the fact that I am an early riser and try to get plenty of sleep. I am in bed by 9:30 p.m. at the latest. I think this helps my body relax. I typically rise at 5 a.m., brew my coffee, check my email and have at least 45 minutes to an hour alone in the morning. If that doesn’t get things going, I feel like I am already set up for an uncomfortable day. That is one of the reasons why I think traveling hinders my ability, because typically I’m not alone and we’re up off to an activity and never have that free time to myself. Plus your eating habits are usually not what they are at home. Ya know, like treating yourself to french fries, just because.
Another practice I have implemented into my routine is that I drink an herbal smooth move tea every night before bed. I found in the last few months, that has really worked well. The brand I like to use is Traditional Medicinals Smooth Move. You can usually find at the grocery store. Another product that I really love is Nature’s Calm. I mix one spoonful with warm water, and drink before I go to bed. It is magnesium powder and it helps to calm, relax, and makes me sleep like a baby & poop like a champion. Lol! I swear by this stuff.
It’s not very often I get in a situation where it is days upon days that I can’t go, but I have been there before and it’s pretty uncomfortable. My stomachs bloated, I don’t feel very hungry and I’m quite irritable. I really am a person that feels better when everything’s moving the
way it should. Aren’t we all?
Apparently it’s all in the positioning as well. Have you ever heard of a squatty potty? I don’t own one of these, but I’ve heard they do wonders. I’m thinking of ordering one, so I’ll have to report back and let you know. Do you have one of these? People that do swear by them. Let me know, I’d love to hear your thoughts! It’s in my amazon cart currently.
Ever heard of it? Ever done it? I have to be honest when I first heard about it, I thought what in the world? Why would anyone ever want to have this done. Well, don’t knock it till you try it. My sweet friend, Virginia, Your Life Edit, was the one who told me about it. She may or may not appreciate this, but she asked me if I’d ever had it done and I said no. She said oh my gosh! You have to! Now, it’s not for everyone, but give it a try. I did, and let me just say, it was amazing. I couldn’t believe how good I felt afterwards. I tap danced right out of that place.
No, it doesn’t hurt. It doesn’t smell. Of course it is a tad bit uncomfortable, or maybe just strange. I mean it is an exit and the idea of something going in, well is just ……. but where I went, the lady made me very comfortable and relaxed and I had no trouble. One session is like having 9 to 12 movements. WHAT! Yep. Talk about a flat stomach. WOW. From my understanding, and how she explained it, It’s most beneficial to go in three different sessions. This isn’t something that I’m recommending, nor am I a doctor, but I would definitely recommend researching a reputable place before doing this.
Traveling has recently started to cause trouble for me. I swear it’s like my bum knows when it’s not home. My husband thinks I’m crazy, but I swear mens plumbing it totally different. He could go in a gas station bathroom. No thanks! I’m always amazed by is ability to relax in an environment like that.
I mean stop me if this sounds familiar, but you’re on vacation enjoying your days on the beach + sun + toes in the sand but there’s just one problem you haven’t gone in days?! Is sitting on the plane for a couple hours enough to dry out your colon??? The answer is YES.
On an average 10 hour flight, men can lose approximately two liters of water and women around 1.6 liters. This means that on a London to Sydney flight a passenger could lose up to 4 liters and 8% of their bodily water.’- read more here.
Actually, hydration is a serious thing and you can be get really dehydrated on a plane and it just makes everything worse. I don’t know about you, but I forget to drink as much water when we’re outside, on the go, etc. plus you’re probably eating differently than you would at home and of course you’re not in your own bathroom or maybe even the time zone? Either way I seem to always have trouble. Ugh. It’s the worst.
I hope you’re comfortable enough to talk about this and no it’s not immature, gross, weird or inappropriate. Truth is, it’s happening.
Morning, high five on the smooth moves tea. Just had mine last night too. Have you tried ACV before? I have been drinking a shot of it mixed with lemon juice every morning for the last few months. Great for gut health. There is a brand named Ethan’s that is pre-mixed and more pleasant tasting too. I tend to chase the ACV+lemon with my water. Overall, it’s a great part of my morning routine. Happy Friday!
We have a squatty potty and is does works wonders. I, too am one whose colon gets homesick when traveling. My go-to tonhelp things along is Plexus Probiotic.
That is what I am hearing!!
@Cari where do you purchase the Plexus probiotic? Landyn, do you get cramping at all from the tea?
No squatty potty but a small stool for my feet works wonders! Cheers to early morning poopers! 👍🏼
That is not a bad idea!
I went on a cruise when I was like 24. I got a parasite in Mexico. It would take me 6 weeks to poop. 6 weeks. Every doctor I went to said that because of the parasite this is my new normal. I had a colonoscopy done to show that after years of this my colon is dilated (supposed to be like a rubber band but mine doesn’t snap to release the waste). Water intake is so so important to actually help me poop on a somewhat normal occasion.
SIX WEEKS!? Girlfriend, that is crazy!
Another massive vote for Plexus here! I take the probiotic and magnesium supplements daily. I’m someone who "thought" I was regular, but I guess I wasn’t! AND it made a massive difference during my last pregnancy too (OB approved!). No worries keeping things moving as they should be while traveling and living life either. 😉
Really? Wow that sounds great! I might have to try that!
@Susan… I don’t at all! Was worried about that too! And it tastes good without adding anything to it!
And has anyone noticed that the toilets they are selling are even higher now?! Recently did a renovation and was surprised that we couldn’t find a toilet the same height as what we were replacing. Well that’s not helpful now is it? Hello tippy-toes on the floor! Maybe that Squatty Potty would be a good idea!
That is what I am thinking! It seems like everyone really loves it!
Plexus Biocleanse and Probiotic! I’m not into selling ANYTHING or mlm but I swear both make a huge difference!
I will have to check that out!
I just love that you wrote a blog post about this topic. I have Crohn’s disease so I am no stranger to the topic, but it is not something hat often comes up outside of my medical appointments. Gut healt is so important and I’m grateful to you for shining a light on the topic. If something doesn’t look or feel right, it could be an indication that something more serious is goin on internally. If Landyn tells is to think about it, maybe more people will! xoxo
Thank you so much! I mean, it happens to everyone! Why be embarrassed about it?? I hope you stay well and keep promoting gut health!
Both my husband and I love the squatters potty! We got a 2 pack at Costco for about $20-25. Whatever helps the situation!
I completely agree with you!
100% get a squatty potty! No joke, I fought my man on this for 1.5-2 years until I kept seeing it at Costco(ya know, the "2-pack" deal). There was no other reason to be against except that well … it’s a pooping pedestal. LOL So, we got the Costco and no joke, I might enjoy it more.
Wow! It seems like everyone really loves it!
Squatty Potty is the way to go. My husband and I have spent the last 4 yrs in Taiwan with their professional baseball team. They didn’t have portable Squatty potty’s … they just had squats in their restrooms.. They also had regular toilets in there too….if I was lucky. You learned real quick. When I came home I ordered the Squatty Potty. It is nicer than Squatting down right to the floor!
Oh my gosh, more power to ya for learning the hard way!! I am going to have to give the squatty potty a try!
Love my squatty portty!! I found mine at Sam’s.
Awesome! I can’t wait to get mine!
Love our Squatty Potty! My husband has ulcerative colitis so poop has been a hot topic in our house for 20 years now. And yes, he can and often has to go anywhere….but teases me relentlessly about my body needing my ‘home potty’. Traveling messes me up big time! You are not alone in that one at all.
Where did you go for the colonics? I am very curious about this and looked up but there are several in Nashville.
I’m so glad you wrote this article! I just got back from an international trip and it has messed with my stomach! Love these tips, so glad I’m not alone.
Yes! You are not alone!
I am a cancer survivor and all of my plumbing has gone kaflooy since my treaments, I have learned that when I gotta go….I GOTTA GO……..that has helped me not freak out about public restrooms although I still search for nice, clean ladies rooms to make it easier. Part of life……..it’s happening, life is 10% of what’s happening to you and 90% of how you deal with it~
I remember Landyn talked about a pill she took at night to help move things along… does anyone have that information?
Oh girl, yes, you need these: https://shopstyle.it/l/7Cxv