Troubleshooting with the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™

Dr. Marisol ND wearing Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™

Our Queendom has been buzz, buzz, buzzin’ with everyone sharing their awesome experiences with their Castor Oil Packs! There’s also been a few bumps in the road along the way, but no worries – we’ve got you covered! This is why I wanted to take the time to share some troubleshooting tips with you for our amazing Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs™.

 

Castor Oil Pack Leaking

Has leaking been a problem for you? Oil getting through to the outer layer and staining your clothes and bedsheets? Here are the most common reasons this happens with the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs™.

Oil Application

Make sure to use a small amount of oil (1-2 tbsp, you can eyeball it) and use the sides of your pack to gently blot it around in the MIDDLE of the pack, avoiding the seams at all costs! When oil reaches the seams it will leak through to the outer layer. Another option is to put the Castor Oil directly on your body and rub it in, then place your pack over top.

Storage

Your Castor Oil Pack should be stored with the inner layer facing upwards or with all of the sides facing upwards.

Heat

Adding heat can cause the oil to become more runny, leaking towards the seams and onto the outside of the pack. Heat is used in natural medicine to slow things down, so if you have a tendency more toward constipation, heat isn’t the best option, whereas with diarrhea and cramping it can be a nice compliment to your treatment.

Stains

Castor oil is an incredible substance that does so many wonderful things in the body. It’s been affectionately named the ‘divine oil’ and the ‘magical oil’ over the centuries, but as amazing as it is, it is unfortunately very sticky and WILL STAIN FABRICS.

Oily mess is part of the package when it comes to doing Castor Oil Packs. For this reason our packs are not completely mess-free, they are LESS messy than the traditional DIY way. Which, if you’ve ever tried packs the old way, I’m sure you can attest to! In fact this is one of the most common things we hear from our Queendom, is that people are just amazed by how much easier our packs are and how they’ve revolutionized this sacred health practice for them.

We always recommend wearing an old T-shirt when doing your pack just to be safe. And if you want to be extra careful, lay down a towel in bed. This beautiful oil loves to make a mess, but it loves to help your body even more!

 

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ Fit

The Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs™ have been in the works for over 10 years. I’ve tried many different designs and different materials, and tested them all on myself and some with patients. The Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack is a culmination of all of these years of developing the best pack possible, carefully designed with only the healthiest and best quality materials to make the treatment quick, easy, less-messy and toxin-free.

Our Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ is designed in the shape of an infinity symbol, because this was the best shape to allow the pack to caress the natural curves of the body. (Plus it’s totally symbolic of infinite health!) All bodies are beautifully unique shapes and sizes – so if you’re finding that the pack isn’t fitting you quite right, here’s some troubleshooting tips.

Too Big

For people with a very tiny torso, the strings can be wrapped around the back of the body and tied over top of the outer layer of the pack to make it fit more snug.

Too Small

For people who find the pack a bit too snug, 2 packs can be used, and the straps can be tied over top of each other. This covers more internal organs, making the treatment more comprehensive!


Castor Oil Pack Cleaning

As mentioned above, castor oil is a very penetrating substance that is difficult (if not impossible) to get out of fabrics. According to the bedside healer Edgar Cayce who popularized castor oil packs in the early 1900s, a pack need not ever be washed. As you’ve probably noticed, with regular use of your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ it will become fairly saturated with oil after about 7-15 uses and this can cause it to feel heavy or leak to the outer layer, in which case most people choose to wash their pack.

If you haven’t seen my edutainment video on how to clean your pack, check it out below. My fairy godmother will show you how! 😉

A common question we get about the packs after cleaning is below.

Sticky Oil Shimmer on the Outside After Cleaning

This is absolutely normal after washing. I’ve personally found the dishwasher to be the most effective method of cleaning to get as much oil out as possible, but the key is to always use an old tea towel to roll up the pack and really blot and wring out the oil on the outer layer.

With daily use, your Castor Oil Pack™ will have a life span of about 3 months, sometimes more, sometimes less. Over time, it will naturally start to discolor and eventually break down. When it’s time for a new pack, just head on over to our website for a Refill Castor Oil Pack Compress 

If you have any other troubleshooting questions, comment below or email our customer service team at care@drmarisol.com and we’ll do our best to help! I’m so proud of this amazing royal community we’ve created, and this movement for everyone to have improvement! Together we are changing the world and revolutionizing this sacred health practice! Lots of love!

 

Disclaimer: Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, are those of the respective authors or distributors. Neither Queen of the Thrones® nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content. This communication does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Information provided does not replace the advice of your health care practitioner. If you happen to purchase anything we promote, in this or any of our communications, it’s likely Queen of the Thrones® will receive some kind of affiliate compensation. Still, we only promote content and products that we truly believe in and share with our friends, family and patients. If you ever have a concern with anything we share, please let us know at care@drmarisol.com. We want to make sure we are always serving Our Queendom at the highest level.

How Food Allergies, Sensitivities and Intolerances are Messing With Your IBS

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Food is foundational to our lives. What do we do when our food is causing us problems? With my irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), I was always trying to follow my diet and figure out what was triggering my symptoms. The thing was, I wasn’t like others and that was one of the bottlenecks that was keeping me stuck. Also the fact that I had to stay on a specific diet, which as you know is very difficult when you’re in pain and just want to eat your comfort food. From clinical practice and personal experience this is what I found to be the best way to modify your food choices when you are living with IBS.

Food as a Fixation when you have IBS 

I know I know, I too was super obsessed with my diet. I definitely googled it a variety of times, ‘what should I eat, what should I do?’

When you wake up in the morning with a flat stomach, put something in your mouth and BOOM!, you are 4 months pregnant, this does not make for a happy life. It’s proven that the quality of life for people dealing with irritable bowel syndrome is truly in the gutter1.

Food – Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome Friend

Food should be our friend. It is supposed to nourish us, help us live well, and give us life. We get protein, fats and carbohydrates from our foods. These give us the building blocks to create the communication messengers of our bodies, like hormones, neurotransmitters, digestive enzymes and immune messengers. These are all created from the proteins, fats and carbohydrates that we ingest. Food is a messenger and it commands and tells our body what to do. 

How Communication Works in the Gut

The gut is so genius, that it can function completely on its own if it needed to. It has its own nervous system known as the enteric nervous system that responds to stimulus, like the food you are eating and pressure from volume of the food. It understands the messages because it has endocrine receptors2, yes that’s right, endocrine is another word for HORMONES. These receptors take in the stimulus from what you are eating to help you go about your day in a healthy way.

The only problem is that in irritable bowel syndrome, there is likely an issue with these receptors not working so well and this causes issues.

Why Food Irritates your Irritable Bowel Syndrome 

If you’ve been dealing with irritable bowel syndrome, you are one of the 14-20% of the world’s population that may blame it on the following foods:

  • Spicy Foods
  • Caffeine
  • Milk and Dairy Products
  • Wheat and Gluten Products
  • Meats (but not all meats)
  • Cabbage and Cruciferous Vegetables
  • Onion Family Vegetables
  • Peas and Beans
  • Fried Foods
  • Smoked Food

This is just to name a few. But there has been some kind of correlation to food3.

Learn about Food Allergies with Dr. Marisol ND Queen of the Thrones®

Why should Food be One of the First Things you Address in IBS? 

Believe it or not, food is a strong messenger. It commands what our body should and shouldn’t do. It also provides antioxidants, nutrients and everything that we need to have our system working well and being protected. When you’re dealing with irritable bowel syndrome, part of how you’re feeling, (the fatigue, the stress) is because your body isn’t being nourished properly. You are feeling the backlash of that.

Food – Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome Foe

As much as food is the ultimate giver of life, it is also the ultimate stressor. If there are foods that you don’t do well with, then instead of giving you life they take it away. They are like a poison. If you haven’t been able to figure out what your aggravators and irritants are, I hope that in this blog you’ll get a good idea of your next steps.

Why your IBS Food Triggers Might be Different than what they Say in the Studies 

Your food foe is unique to you. In tummy trials, there is a significant different between scientific validity for foods that cause problems and the patient’s lived experience4. Which means that patients seem to experience food triggers differently than what it says in the studies. I know that for me this was absolutely the truth.

Gluten and Wheat Products Weren’t my Problems? What???!!

Gluten and wheat weren’t my triggers. Ironically, a food that was being highly recommended at the time for cleansing and healthy diets was rice. However, for me being of Spanish origin and genetic background, the over consumption of rice in my family throughout my life had created a sensitivity in my body. I had been over exposed to this “health” food and because of this it was a ‘food foe’ and not a ‘food friend’.

Wheat, on the other hand, the villain of all diets, was well tolerated and I could eat it without experiencing symptoms.

Find out what are the most common Food Sensitivities with Dr. Marisol ND Queen of the Thrones®

So How Do you Know what your Food Triggers Are? 

There are a few ways to figure this out. They include diet diaries, elimination diets or testing of food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.

It’s incredible that 70% of irritable bowel syndrome patients correlate their symptoms to foods5. Ironically, the most common foods that people avoid, which may be the case for you, are the likely villains of wheat, dairy, citrus fruit, caffeine and alcohol. But removing these often show little to no improvement or change6.

Do Diet Diaries Work?

Food elimination diets and diet diaries are actually the gold standard to help figure out what foods may be bothering your system. The biggest problem is that they are super hard to follow through on. I have seen this time and time again in clinical practice and in all honesty in myself as well. I attempt to do it, because it makes sense to do it, but you lose track, you get confused, and you’re unsure what caused what and then it’s just frustrating and a total disaster. Been there, done that, saw too many patients do it too. Plus it’s supported by the literature that it is an ineffective way to do things.

Why? Because you are not a scientist, and you can’t do a scientifically rigorous experiment to actually get it right. Plus there are too many uncertainties in life and this is what the research discloses7. Touché, I’m a naturopathic doctor and neither can I. I’m human, just like you. So why guess? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve counselled patients to invest in knowing.

This is why for me, when it came to food, I opted to get food sensitivity and allergy testing done. Intolerances you know because it is pretty immediate. Let’s find out the difference and why it’s important to know.

The Difference Between Food Allergies, Food Sensitivities and Food Intolerances

I commonly notice that my patients and I (until I learned better, which took time) really don’t have a solid understanding of the differences between food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.

What does this have to do with IBS? Well, everything. You see, because food is affecting us in a certain way, the reaction could be immediate, within 72 hours. Or maybe the reaction is so far removed from your gut you don’t even know that you have a problem with it. So we need to figure out the mechanism of action to help improve what is happening.

Food Allergies and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

These typically react immediately. I always explain it as being just like a peanut allergy. These are common in children these days, they can get exposure by touch, air and through food, depending on how sensitive you are to them. Then BOOM, throat closes, hives appear, swelling all around the face, eyes and throat.

This is an outright medical emergency, requiring immediate epinephrine and a trip to the hospital. To a lesser degree, these allergies could manifest within 24 hours with mild to moderate swelling and are less worrisome. Food allergy is commonly tested by the skin scratch test and are an IgE mediated reaction8.

Food Sensitivities and Irritable Bowel Syndrome 

This is my jam, I love food sensitivity testing! I was sick and struggling with food for a long time and this testing was my saving grace. I had visited countless naturopaths and doctors and no one had tested me. I spent thousands, not hundreds, of dollars on supplements and treatments and none were working because I wasn’t doing my due diligence. I was eliminating what everyone else was sensitive to.

However, sensitivities are extremely personal. They have to do with exposure over time as well as cultural and genetic factors. It’s very hard to deduce them until you see them on paper.

Healthy Foods can be Sensitivities

As I mentioned above, rice was my villain, yet it was what I was consuming daily. It’s funny when things are brought to light and they make a lot of sense. I’m Spanish, so rice is a staple in  the cultural dishes, such as paella. Needless to say I’m confident that my entire life I likely ate rice with most of my meals, including refried at breakfast. Oy! So when I finally asked a naturopathic doctor that I was shadowing to test me, it all made perfect sense. I was doing these cleansing diets, all laden with rice and feeling like my world was ending. I thought I was never ever going to beat IBS or get better, only worse.

So to prevent this, in my practice find it beneficial for all of my patients to get this testing, especially those with IBS. It not only serves to demonstrate overexposure and your immune system’s overreaction to foods (as it tests IgG) but if those foods are eliminated as compared to not, symptoms in IBS may improve9.

Queen of the Thrones® Dr. Marisol ND. explains the causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS

Sensitivities are REALLY hard to pinpoint. Very difficult because they are sneaky. They don’t always create symptoms in your gut, they can show up on your skin as eczema or rashes, in your mind as depression or anxiety, or manifest as fatigue or hormone and metabolic derangement. They can create low grade chronic inflammation and directly affect your gut and be accompanied by loose stools, constipation, nausea and even vomiting.

The biggest issue is that the reaction can manifest up to 72 hours after eating a food, which you can imagine makes it quite difficult to deduce which food could be your personal villain.

Is Food Sensitivity Testing Valid? 

Many critics of food sensitivity testing argue its validity10. They say that yes, you can measure your body’s reaction to these sensitivities, but they discuss that an IgG response for food sensitivities is a naturally occuring phenomena and over time creates tolerance and desensitization11 12.

The way I look at it is this, you can be tolerant to something, but that sure doesn’t mean that you are happy with it or that it isn’t doing you any harm. So if you’re tolerant with your husband who is cheating on you, or coworker that is constantly putting you down, or your mother in law that criticizes your every move, is this not causing some level of stress in your system? I do believe so.

Food Sensitivity Testing in Irritable Bowel Syndrome

With irritable bowel syndrome being so complicated and multifactorial, it’s important to reduce and remove as many things as possible so that you can find out what is causing your system stress. Otherwise you’re just gangbusters and in the wild west of craziness.

Your ability to manage stress is like a fine glass of wine, you can fill it up only so much. If you keep on adding wine (or adding stress), guess what? It is going to overflow into a whole bunch of other systems and your gut is the one that feels it the most, as we clearly know the link between stress and irritable bowel syndrome13.

I believe that the validity of critics or those that take food sensitivities as the end all be all of your treatment may be what is causing this uncomfortable reputation for food sensitivities. But I urge you to look at the whole picture, and food sensitivities are part of YOUR picture and your reaction to food. Also, there are some labs that perform tests to help you discover certain food sensitivities.

Do you Have to Retest your Food Sensitivities? 

Oh and by the way, everyone thinks that you test this once in your life and never again. This is not the case at all. As with all testing, it’s not perfect. It’s not a one time thing either. You will need to retest, usually in about 1-2 years. If you have been avoiding those foods that marked from medium to high immune reactivity, my experience and others14 has been that it will help a great deal.

**Please note that this is not a replacement test for IgE or food allergy testing. If you suspect that you or your child may have severe, life threatening allergies, please always make sure to consult your doctor for all your health care needs**.

Food Intolerance and Irritable Bowel Syndrome 

As compared to food allergies and food sensitivities, food intolerances tend to be a breeze to deal with. As both food allergies and sensitivities are mediated by your immune system and based more specifically on a reaction to protein in your foods, food intolerances are an inability to absorb carbohydrates. As an example, lactose intolerance is when your body is missing the ability to digest the carbohydrate lactose, found in milk15. You are more than likely familiar with dairy intolerance.

Fructose intolerance is also common. The popular Fodmaps diet, which up to now has shown evidence of improvement in short term for irritable bowel syndrome16, is based on an intolerance or avoidance of carbohydrates and sugar alcohols that aggravate digestive symptoms.

The issue with intolerance is if it can’t be broken down and absorbed, then it stays in the intestine and becomes fermented by bacteria and yeasts as a source of food. What should be feeding you, feeds the dysbiosis in your intestine. This is a major aggravating factor for pain and bloating in irritable bowel syndrome.

Where to Go From Here? What Would be the Best Strategy to Take?

The number one strategy that is the most important is to try reducing as much stress as possible that is occurring in your gut and in your life.

1. Skip Breakfast! Intermittent Fasting

Yes, that’s right! Breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. In fact for those with irritable bowel syndrome, since they already have a high level of cortisol in the a.m., higher than healthy subjects, it could be very beneficial to fast. This is a practice known as intermittent fasting that I have used both in my clinical practice and personally.

Firstly, skipping breakfast avoids many common supposed irritants of the digestive tract because most breakfasts are a combination of dairy/wheat/egg.

With intermittent fasting you eat less times per day, and only eat within an 8 hour period. Eating less frequently equals less reactivity when you do eat. So this is one way to reduce the irritation on the gut mucosal membrane.

2. Drink Green Tea Instead of Coffee 

During the morning fasting period, it’s ideal if you ditch your coffee. Coffee promotes the stress response, which is a no-no for those with irritable bowel syndrome. Switch it for green tea! Green tea heals the gut lining, improves the microbiome and stimulates you like a coffee, but relaxes you at the same time, negating the cortisol spike that may occur. Highest quality Organic Loose Leaf Estate Green Tea is now available on the Queen of the Thrones® Canadian shop and Pique Tea also carries a delicious organic green tea!

3. Castor oil Packs For Stress Reduction, Absorption, Reduced Inflammation and Better Bowel Movements 

This practices not only calms the nervous system so that you can see improvement17 18, but also helps with reduction of inflammation19 in the intestine. Castor Oil Packs help with improving your microbiome20 and regulation of your bowels21, so if anything is irritating them, it helps them to come out. More importantly, it helps to improve how you digest and absorb. In terms of food, this helps to reduce the irritability of the foods you may be eating that can affect you negatively. Get your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack and 500 ml Castor Oil™ and start to improve your gut health.

4. Fix your Sleep Patterns

Your natural rhythm is extremely important to your healing and to the health of your gut. The first step is to get your body to produce its own factors for sleep. It’s so easy to do! Wear an eye mask to bed that supports an increase in melatonin22 in the body and better hormonal, immune and nervous system balance. Castor Oil Packs help to also promote great sleep so get into a pattern of putting your pack and eye mask on before bed! Get your Queen of the Thrones® Beauty Sleep Brow & Lash Kit™ now for a better sleep.

Queen of the Thrones® Beauty Sleep Brow & Lash Kit™ help to promote better sleep

4. Start Investigating Diets Beneficial for IBS 

Fodmaps, my Dysbiotic Diet (otherwise known as the Fermentation-Free Diet and Bloat Be Gone Diet) are all excellent ways to address your food dilemma. I would personally investigate what you feel would be best for you. Each of these work significantly better if you know what you are allergic, sensitive and intolerant to because then you can pick that which is suited best to you. Later on you can get into other more specific diets, after you have your food sensitivities tested.

5. Before You Eat, Be Grateful

Be grateful, like saying grace. Use the Queen of the Thrones® Grateful Dung™ Bracelet as a way to learn how to relax before you eat. Just relaxing your system and having a calm body before you accept food will significantly improve your digestion and the amount of stress that food causes to your body.

Queen of the Thrones® Grateful Dung™ Bracelet to find relaxation

6. Find Out what your Poo Says About you

Download the first step to understanding the weaknesses in your body, the 50 Shades of Poo. Getting to know how to analyze our stools for signs of nutrient deficiencies, digestive issues and hormonal imbalances is one of the easiest ways to figure out what’s going on inside our bodies.

Keep on following me and reading my blogs. Follow the links above to get more in tune with what is occuring in your body. I promise to continue helping you on your journey to regain your life, free from an irritable bowel, indigestion and problems going to the bathroom!

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Constipation: I Keep Trying to Fix It, But It’s Not Working!

Sitting pretty on a toilet

I remember my mom could never understand WHY she was always constipated. No matter what she did, she still had problems. Unfortunately, I followed in her footsteps. I dealt with being unable to let go and have a great bowel movement for the greater part of my life.

If you’ve been there too, then you’re no stranger to sitting pretty on the toilet. Well, if you’re anything like me, it’s NOT very pretty… You might even be sitting on your throne right now, as you read this. Gotcha!

Do you know WHY your bowel movements aren’t what they should be? Let’s find out and see what we can do to fix them.

Why I Consider Myself a ‘Poo Expert’

I went to school to become a Naturopathic Doctor so that I could fix myself and all my toilet troubles. It became my mission to help people. Firstly because I needed to have good bowel movements myself, but more importantly, because I didn’t like seeing my mom suffering, and as a doctor, my patients. Constipation is an epidemic and it affects so many of the world population. It’s time we take a stand and do something about it.

Why Is Constipation Called a Functional Digestive Problem?

The symptoms of constipation are varied1. A key component of it is functional, meaning you can’t find reasons for it. For instance it could be a mass that is blocking elimination. This is why it’s important to get checked out by your doctor. Usually your doctor will try different treatments or do a colonoscopy to visualize the intestines, dependent on your age. Other times they may try lifestyle changes and treatments first.

The Symptoms of Being Unable to Have a Good Bowel Movement 

The most common symptoms are that you are uncomfortable in your abdomen or belly, you feel bloated, you may have gas and you may feel pain as well. You may produce dry pebbles or hard stools. Often you go less than 1 time per day. According to the Mayo Clinic2, constipation  is classified as less than 3 bowel movements per week.

In my naturopathic practice, where living your best life is key, I have noted that my healthy, optimized patients all go daily.

How Does it Feel to be Constipated? 

There is a very distinct feeling of constipation. I recall my mother always being uncomfortable, unable to go and she would constantly complain to me and my sister, my dad and all her friends about it.

She always seemed to leave the bathroom unsatisfied and this is a key aspect of constipation along with straining3.

I’m sure you’ve had both. You push and push and may go a little but you feel like not everything came out and it was a lot of hard work. It also takes you longer than most to go to the bathroom. The term used is incomplete evacuation and straining. I describe it as there is still stuff left up there no matter how hard you try to get it out.

Why am I Gassy and Bloated When I’m Constipated? 

Gas and bloating is part of constipation and functional digestive disorders4. Even though gas is uncomfortable, it’s one of the natural ways that the body signals the intestines to move. Hydrogen gas, in fact, is known to have beneficial effects for the colonic mucosa, including functioning as an anti-inflammtory and antioxidant. This, in effect, would help it to move out your poo5.

Good gas (I know, I know, how can it be good?) is produced by good bacteria, like probiotics. It stimulates the natural action of the intestines to move stools downward. If the bacteria in your intestines are unhealthy (conbiotics™ as I call them) such as the archaea species of bacteria that produce methane, then it can actually slow down bowel transit time. This is linked to constipation6.

The scent of methane is like the smell that you get from passing by a farmer’s field after they’ve laid down manure. Can’t stand this smell in the bathroom? Check out Eau de Throne™, the ‘After you Poo Parfum™ and never be embarrassed by the scent that you leave behind again!

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How Often Should I Have a Bowel Movement ? 

A normal bowel movement should happen every day.  Men seem to go more than women. The statistics show that on average, men go every 1.7 days and women every 2.5 days7. Ideally in my practice our goal is for all patients to go daily, for this simple fact. You eat daily, so what goes in, should come out. Otherwise there is backup.

If you want to get more in detail about what your poo says about you, download my FREE infographic, the ’50 Shades of Poo’

Why Do Men Go to the Bathroom More than Women?

Men have a higher average of bowel movements because let’s face it, women are more complicated. Yes I am admitting that. But science shows this too. It has to do with the fact that we have a broader hormone mix than men. Estrogen can be very problematic to women and have an affect on your bowel movements.

How Does my Thyroid Affect my Bowel Movements? 

When you have an underactive thyroid (A.K.A. hypothyroid) or a condition known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, a common symptom is constipation. Think of a thyroid condition as an overall slowing down of your metabolism. If your body is slow, then your bowel movements will be much slower too, leading to constipation.

Why Do my Estrogen Levels Affect My Bowel Movements? 

If you are carrying extra weight, taking the birth control pill or other estrogen-replacing drugs or are exposed to fake estrogens (A.K.A. xenoestrogens – which every human being on the planet these days is) you have a higher level of estrogen than most.

Progesterone balances estrogen in the female body. Progesterone is necessary to have healthy bowel movements. When your levels of estrogen are too high, you lose the proper balance between estrogen and progesterone to have those healthy bowel movements.

Why Can’t I Poo?

We’ve talked about a few, but there are so many reasons why you can’t poo8.

It has to do with:

  • Your nervous system
  • Your hormonal system
  • Your immune system
  • Your digestive system
  • Inflammation that you have in your body
  • The amount of weight that you are carrying in your abdomen (central obesity)
  • The types of bacteria you have in your gut
  • The types of foods you are eating
  • The foods you may be eating that you are allergic, sensitive or intolerant to
  • How much fluid you are drinking
  • How many caffeinated beverages you are consuming daily
  • How much sleep you are getting
  • How stressed you are
  • How depressed you are
  • How deficient you are in certain vitamins and minerals that support good bowel movements
  • Your genetics

And the list goes on and on. You can imagine the workup I do with my patients to help them learn the reason why they have issues pooping!

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The Digestive System/The Gut is the Center of Our Body Universe 

The gut and digestive spot is the center of the universe when it comes to your body. You have health if you have good bowel movements. That’s why I always ask about my patients stools, to determine the state of their health.

So if you’ve had problems figuring out why you can’t go, it’s because you haven’t hit the nail on the head yet or you have a combination of different factors working against you, causing you to be constipated. You want to be looking at your stools for the clues. 

As you can see it is a HUGE topic! This is why I had to become an expert on poop, because there is so much to know.

How Often Should I Poop?

What goes in, must come out. If you ate every second day, then you should poo every second day. But because you eat daily, you really should be having a bowel movement daily. Otherwise, you are constipated.

Your body is an environment that requires flow. Intake of good stuff, outpour of bad stuff. Think of it like a fish tank. When your fish poops, the tank must clean the water out from time to time or the fish begins to swim in his own filth. You don’t want the cells inside your body to begin to swim in its own filth. This is clearly not healthy.

How Come Most of my Friends Don’t Poo Daily? 

The reality is that constipation is reaching epidemic levels. 14% of the world population9, which equals approximately 1 billion people, are constipated. The worst part is that it is a life threatening epidemic, because if you think about it, all natural environments, including your body, need to eliminate waste. If you can’t eliminate waste, the waste back ups and that is bad.

Why Do You Feel So Bad When You Can’t Poo Daily? 

The best way to describe how you feel is like crap. Literally. It makes you feel really off because you aren’t eliminating the wastes that your body has created. Wastes are toxins, bacteria and things that the body needs to get rid of. When our stools sit in our body they are a source of toxic exposure and stress, which make you feel uncomfortable. It literally feels like a pain in the butt.

I know this all too well. I suffered from it, my mother suffered from it, and all her friends did too. I remember them always talking about how they couldn’t poo. So let’s get clear on what you can do about it to make things better.

How the Anatomy of the Intestines Tells You How Much You Should be Pooping Each Day

Did you know that your lower descending colon is the length of your wrist to your elbow. This is the amount of food, fiber and fluids that you ate the day before and should be what you eliminate daily. Remember, what goes in, must come out.

I remember thinking when I was younger and really constipated, wow, here I am eating all this food and where is it going? If it’s not coming out of me, where is it? It’s just sitting there causing problems. Let’s figure out what we can do to make it better!

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The First Step to Better Bowel Movements 

To know what to do, it is important to know what the problem is. Peeking after you poo every time you go is key. Start to keep a log about it (pun completely intended!) Our Queendom is loving The Grateful Dung Beetle 7-Day Log Book! It is not only great for tracking your stools, but also your gratitude practices, your health practices, your food & water intake, your sleep & so much MORE!

My Favourite Supplement-Free Tool to Help With Constipation 

Castor oil packs are legendary, biblical treatment that have been used since the beginning of mankind. They are used in all forms of medicine including the Ancient Chinese, Indian, Mediterranean, Egyptian and Caribbean cultures to help with all things having to do with the gut.

Castor oil packs IMPROVE:

  • Digestion
  • Absorption
  • Elimination10

They have shown to reduce pain and inflammation 1112 associated with these processes no matter the cause.  So anything that might be irritating your intestine like food sensitivities, allergies or intolerances, it will make it better tolerated so you can digest better.

Research shows that Castor Oil Pack practice results in less pain and bloating because it helps to improve factors in digestion that are making you feel horrible when you eat food. I can’t tell you how many times I have thrown on a pack when i’ve been bloated or really suffering in my guts. Whether it be from butterflies rocking my belly, or from serious gas. The same goes for my patients, it has become their go-to!

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ relieves constipation

If absorption is an issue, chances are you’re low on some of your vital nutrients. Castor oil packs help to replenish those deficiencies naturally, simply by helping you better absorb your food. To be able to digest food, you need amino acids from protein in order to make digestive enzymes. If you don’t absorb your food properly, how can you expect to make digestive enzymes? Improving this function helps your body work better.

Not only do the castor oil packs stimulate the movement of the digestive tract, but they also help to get things out as well. It has been researched in comparison to stimulant laxatives and shown to produce improved satisfaction and sensation of complete evacuation, reduced straining and patients overall had a better bowel movement experience13.

On top of that it also helps to improve the antioxidants and factors in your body that help with  cleansing, like glutathione1415.

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Every patient in my practice does these packs, because as I mentioned before, gut health and digestion is the center of your body. The centre of your universe and the center and foundation of health.

Remember as well there are so many possible ROOT CAUSES for your CONSTIPATION so trouble shooting can be very difficult. This is an easy way to set the foundation and start off by removing the most common factors. Then as you look and learn from your poo, you can be your own best digestive detective to understanding what might be the underlying problem and then fix it!

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3 Mearin F1, Ciriza C2, Mínguez M3, Rey E4, Mascort JJ5, Peña E6, Cañones P7, Júdez J8; en nombre de la SEPD, la semFYC, la SEMERGEN y la SEMG.[Irritable bowel syndrome with constipation and functional constipation in adults: Treatment (Part 2 of 2)]. Aten Primaria. 2017 Mar;49(3):177-194. doi: 10.1016/j.aprim.2017.01.003. Epub 2017 Feb 24.

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7 Bohlin J1, Dahlin E1, Dreja J2, Roth B1, Ekberg O2, Ohlsson B1. Longer colonic transit time is associated with laxative and drug use, lifestyle factors, and symptoms of constipation. Acta Radiol Open. 2018 Oct 22;7(10):2058460118807232. doi: 10.1177/2058460118807232. eCollection 2018 Sep.

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