Why should you always look in the toilet bowl?
I have a habit. It’s a scary habit to some, but for me, I know it’s the single best thing that I can do for my health. I look down into the black hole on a regular basis. This black hole, in a clockwise fashion, sucks away all of my worries. (By worries, I mean the stench that is stinking up the room sometimes, not always).
The toilet bowl, or as I like to call it, the throne, is an integral part of every single person’s life. It is something we all have in common. Yep, everybody poops!
I’m here to set the record straight on the question of whether stools should float or sink, and the answer is: SINK!
So do you ever question what is happening inside of you when you see floating in the bowl? No, I’m not talking about your morning cereal. I’m talking about the toilet bowl and the submarine that was supposed to sink but instead is floating like a steamboat?! Choo, choo!
If the natural, healthy thing is to sink, but yours doesn’t… What gives? Read on to find out why this might be and the easy formula to help fix it!
Is my Problem Fat Malabsorption?
When your poop floats, it’s typically a sign that you’re having issues with fat. I don’t mean the fat on your body, rather the fat present in food that your body’s trying to digest.
Fat is so very important for your system for many different reasons. First of all, fat isn’t bad for you! In the 1980s fat was villainized as badly as the Joker from Batman, and very wrongly so. Yes, unhealthy, bad fats should be avoided, but good fats are crucial for your body to function well.
Here’s what healthy fats do for your body:
- Fats feed all of the body’s cells and is needed for them to work properly
- Fats help our skin look fresh and beautiful
- Fats feed your brain and make you happy!
- Fats trigger areas of our brain that help us to feel satisfied and “full” after a meal
- Fats also help support our hormones, because our hormones are manufactured from fat
One of the most important jobs healthy fat has is:
It helps with transporting toxins out of the body.
Why? Because many toxins are fat-soluble. Toxins such as heavy metals or xenoestrogens found in plastic disrupt hormones and the immune system and so much more.
Floating Poop… What Does it Mean?
So when your poops are floaters rather than sinkers, it’s usually a sign that you are:
- Eating too much fat and not enough fiber to absorb it
- Having problems digesting and absorbing fats
Think of it like this. In oceans, or in your sink with all of your dirty dishes, when there is an oil slick you see the oil floating on top of the water. The poor wildlife (mostly birds) get covered in oil because they are floating on top of the water!
So you know if your poop is floating, you have problems with fat, and it is even more severe if there is also an oil slick present in the toilet bowl.
If you don’t have a gallbladder you lack bile, so floating poop will be normal for you. It is extremely difficult to properly absorb fat if you are missing yours (this is why I often caution against getting your gallbladder removed because fat is SO important to our bodies).
Turn your Floaters into Sinkers
Here are a few best practices to help you absorb your fats better and get those floaters turned into sinkers:
- Switch to good fats and avoid the unhealthy fats – go for coconut, olive and avocado oil more often
- Before you eat, make sure to have your Grateful Dung™ Bracelet on and do your Daily Dining practice. Name 3 things you are grateful for to get your gut ready to digest.
- Wear your castor oil pack daily to optimize your digestion, absorption, and elimination (as well as improve how your gall bladder dumps bile)
So from now on, I want you to think fat is PHAT! (how my teenager says super cool!)
You want to absorb it because it keeps you beautiful, happy, and healthy.
Also – Sinking vs. floating is just 1 of the valuable 11 Golden Nuggets to help you analyze your stools for potential nutrient deficiencies, hormone imbalances and digestive issues. To learn all about them and become your own digestive detective, click here to download the e-book ‘Know Your Poo!’
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