3 Tips for #greatpoops (plus a RECIPE!)
3 TIPS FOR GREAT POOPS
If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know how much I love talking about great poops - so much so that I created the #greatpoops hashtag and use it all. the. time.
You’re probably asking yourself wtf poop has to do with pelvic floor health...
As you might already know, one of the jobs of your pelvic floor muscles is to support your pelvic organs - one of which is your rectum. What's the rectum, you ask? Your rectum is your poop canister - until you're ready to "go", it's where your poop hangs out.
You might also know that another job of your pelvic floor muscles is to let things (like poop) out. Your anus (aka bootyhole) is the exit door to your poop canister and the muscles there need to be able to relax and get out of the way when it's time for a number 2.
When we have anything less than great poops, it creates a lot of extra work for our pelvic floor muscles - and that, my friends, is wtf great poops has to do with pelvic floor health.
NOW THAT WE'VE COVERED THE BASICS, LET'S MOVE ON...
Did you know that being CONSTIPATED has more to do with what your poop looks like rather than how frequently you poop?
Take a look at the chart above - what does YOUR poop look like? In an ideal world where human rights were for all humans and climate change was a thing that was taken seriously by those in charge (I digress), our poops should be type 3 or type 4 - soft and easy to pass. If your poop looks like little pellets or a lumpy sausage, I implore you to continue reading. You deserve a soft, easy, and happy poop and I am here to help you get there.
BACK TO CONSTIPATION...
Chronic constipation CHANGES the pelvic floor muscles and can be a cause of leaks, pain, and prolapse 😱. If that isn’t a good enough reason to do all you can to keep your poops nice + soft, I’m not sure how else to help you, friends. (Also, pooping out something that feels like a brick isn’t my idea of a good time...but who am I to project my poop desires on to you. You do you.)
Here are some ridiculously easy ways to have soft, easy, and happy poops:
⭐️ Move your body MORE - exercising helps move things along, quite literally. Get up and walk for at least 30 minutes a day.
⭐️ Drink MORE water.
⭐️ Eat more fibre, including fruits + veggies.
Speaking of fibre, here is an easy af recipe for BANANA OAT BLENDER PANCAKES. They are packed with 2 fibre super-powers (bananas + oats), are gluten-free, kid-approved, and freeze really well.
- 2 bananas
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- 3/4 to 1 cup of milk of your choice
- dash of cinnamon
- 1/4tsp salt
- 1/2tsp baking powder
- 1tsp vanilla
- chocolate chips
- Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Heat a pan on low-medium heat; add some butter to the pan when it's hot.
- Pour pancake batter in 1/4 cup portions, sprinkle a few (or many) chocolate chips on top of each pancake. Flip after a few minutes, when you see a few bubbles form at the surface. They're ready whenever they look like pancakes look like when they are ready (hi hello, I am a mother and a physiotherapist, not a food blogger)
I love these so much that I'm considering calling them the great poops pancakes. Try these out and share the recipe with someone who needs some great poop +/- pancakes in their life!
Let me know what you think over on Instagram @boxwellnessco