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We’re going to talk about slow digestion or gastroparesis. Many people have slow digestion and there are lots of medical reasons why. Okay? There could be hyperthyroidism, there could be all sorts of other autoimmune conditions involved here. Often it’s stress related. It can be occupational related. There are many reasons why a person can have slow digestion but how do you pick it?
Well one of the interesting things you can do, for example, is the beetroot test, which I often recommended people to do when I was practicing. Just get some beets. You can cook them, boil them, steam them, or eat them raw, or grate them. All you need is a couple of tablespoons, two or three tablespoons. Generally I find it quite nice if it’s grated raw and then mixed with some grated raw carrot. It’s a nice combination. Consume that for a lunchtime meal. Just a small amount of that. Or as a snack on its own. Then watch the transit time. Watch how long it will take for you to move that out.
It should come out within 24 hours. Some people take three, four days, plus. I had one patient that was passing a bowel motion every 10 days. I mean that’s crazy. People like that end up seriously ill.
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Yeah, signs to look out for. Abdominal bloating, of course. Tiredness, brain fog. Another one is bad breath. Muscle and joint pain. Joint pain can be quite common also with a slow transit time with people. And body odor. Like just smelling. If you don’t put the garbage can out every week, I mean the property’s going to smell after awhile isn’t it? The body’s the same. You have to empty your personal garbage can out once, preferably twice, a day.
Yeah, but bloating is the big one. Like tummy pain, abdominal pain, bloating. Appetite can be down. Even blood sugar can be affected. Sleep can be affected. Cognition is often very much affected. When a person isn’t passing motions properly, or really bound up, they also can literally get shitty. They can get annoyed, and aggro, and things like that.
If you’ve got bowel problems like this it definitely pays to do the beetroot test to see what the transit time is like.
The other thing that you need to do is a visual inspection of the stool quite regularly to see what color it is, what shape it is. Is it yellow? Is it green? Is it brown? Is it sinking? Is it floating? These are all good things to take note of and to talk to your physician about. About the odor, about the color of the stool, and these sorts of things. It might not be your cup of tea in your occupation, but hey I made my bread and butter out of people’s bowel motions for years, so don’t ridicule it. It’s a job and it’s a good job, you know? It might be a shitty job but it’s a great job. I really have really enjoyed working with clients for many years.
But if you’ve got this delayed transit time, this pain and bloating, I highly recommend that you get onto it and get it sorted because these sort of things could end up with serious problems down the track. So get onto it.