Monday, December 27, 2010

The Scoop on Poop

...is a favourite book in my classroom library (I wonder why? LOL) and an appropriate title for my latest blog entry.  Because, yes people, I want to discuss that most unmentionable topic...the bowel movement, which I will refer to as 'poop', because, frankly,  bowel movement just sounds so clinical.

According to health professionals, a daily poop... or better yet, two poops per day, is necessary for optimal health.  Although I don't go around asking people if they poop daily, (poop being considered a taboo topic of conversation among people who aren't your closest confidante...and let's face it, even then, we're not comfortable broaching the subject) I have managed to glean enough data to conclude that, frankly, most of the general population is "full of sh*t"... literally.  If you manage to have the recommended two poops/day, please contact me and let me know how you do it.  In fact, you might want to consider writing a "how-to book" and selling it online (cause no one would dare buy the book at a store).  I would buy it :P

I envy my dog.  Through no effort on his part, he manages to routinely have two poops per day that coincide with either his breakfast or dinner meal...like clockwork.  Oh, to be so lucky.   

I have tried, over the past year and a half, to have a daily poop consistently.  If you were a betting man, I'd tell you NOT to bet on me. Because not only have I not been able to do that, I have been plagued by the "C" word...yes, CONSTIPATION...the bane of my existence, and which causes me far too much, well...gas, and is threatening to take over my life.

I have even formulated a theory that some of my MS symptoms (spasticity and numbness) are aggravated, perhaps even caused (?) by constipation.  How did I come by this conclusion? Continue reading and I will explain.

Through coincidental observations, I have noticed that if I don't have a good poop in the morning a few things happen:
  1. my urinary urgency increases (I wonder if its due to pressure against the bladder?)
  2. by about noon, my legs get stiffer and my feet get a bit more numb (I notice this especially when I am at work)
  3. increased gasiness in the afternoon
  4. bloating and a general sense of discomfort
All of these happen like clockwork anytime the morning poop is missed. LOL  So, here's what I have been doing to ensure I have a good morning ;)
  1. eat 1/3 cup of ground flaxseed mucilage (that has been soaked overnight) with my creamy rice cereal every morning
  2. take digestive enzymes with each meal (this has been a HUGE factor...possibly even THE factor as I have just recently added this to my repertoire and it has made a world of difference!)
  3. take a probiotic 2-3x/day after meals
  4. take 250g magnesium citrate 2x/day 
  5. Magneium Phosphorica Schuessler Tissue Salt (1 tablet at least 3x/day)
  6. try to get some form of exercise every day (I take the dog for a 10 min. walk every day...it's not much, but every bit helps)
So, is it working?  Well, let's just say that, more often than not, I have a good morning and I think with a bit more time, I may actually be joining the "2x per day club". 

More importantly, is it helping with the spasticity and numbness?  Hmmm???...that's a bit of a crap shoot (no pun intended).  Because I'm still not consistent, I'm not consisternt with the spasticity either.

I'll have to keep monitoring this one. :) and if you would like to share any anecdotals...please do. :)

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