We talk about a lot of stuff around here and health topics make the list quite often. We discuss health issues related to embarrassing topics like post-partum realities, trouble with incontinence, trouble sleeping, and so much more. Today’s discussion centers around that taboo topic of poo! I’ve got five tricks to poop better and a bonus Make Your Poop Smell Better tip!
While bathroom issues are a common problem, most people still avoid talking about them. I don’t mind discussing it at all since it can be beneficial to your health to make sure your bowels are in good working order! Here are my top five ways to help poop better right now!
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Top Ways To Poop Better
Water can help to keep you regular, although it may not help right away if you are already constipated so be sure to maintain a consistent intake of water every day to avoid dehydration.
“Constipation occurs when stools are too hard and dry to pass easily. A good way to tell if you’re drinking enough water, experts say, is to check the color of your pee: If it’s a light, lemonade-like hue, you’re good; if not, you should be sipping more.” – health.com
Perhaps you know by now or have heard this before, but fiber really does help get the waste moving through your digestive tract. (Source)
Include foods like Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, avocado, and berries into your diet. If you are experiencing constipation, fruits such as pear, grape, plum, and apples with the peel are great options as they are rich in fiber.
Prebiotics and Probiotics
The basics of it are that prebiotics and probiotics are great food for gut bacteria, stimulating their growth, which can encourage regular bowel movements.
If you are looking for some easy ways to get prebiotics into your diet, good sources are asparagus, artichokes, green (raw) banana, and brown rice. Good sources of probiotics are kombucha, fermented vegetables, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, and apple cider vinegar.
Stimulating muscle contractions throughout the body can speed up a slow colon, so get your aerobic gear on and Dance to the Oldies, or just take a brisk walk now and then. Whatever works for you to get the heart pumping!
A Toilet Stool
You’ve probably seen that infamous magical unicorn poop video by now. If you haven’t, well here you go… for your viewing, um, pleasure?
Normally when I recommend a product that I’ve tried I give you a picture of it in action, however, I don’t think that would be appropriate in this particular case so you’ll just have to take my word for it. 🙂
Health.com says, “yes, putting your legs up to assume a squatting position can help some people poop easier, says Dr. Raymond—especially those with defecation disorders (which are different from simple constipation, and can involve problems with the pelvic floor muscles). “This creates a tighter angle between the thigh bone and the pelvis,” she says, “which gives you more oomph for pushing that bowel movement out.””
Make Your Poop Smell Better
Okay, so I’m not sure you can actually make your poop smell better, however, what I’ve found is that by using the Unicorn Gold from the makers of the Squatty Potty that the smell is masked.
HOW? You simply spray into the toilet before you go (unlike those intrusive air fresheners), and then when you do your duty the spray captures the smell and pretty much flushes it away when you are done. So simple, and actually effective! And here is another fun little video just for your viewing pleasure!
BONUS – All New Poop Emoji Plunger!
This fun little poop emoji plunger is the newest product in the Squatty Potty line, and it is not even available for retail sale yet! You can find these on Kickstarter and pre-order now. They make a great talking piece — we already have ours as a special preview, but you can be one of the first to get a poop emoji plunger!
Thanks to Squatty Potty for providing the tools to poop better. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links to help support our growing family.