Why Regular Bowel Motions are important

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In clinic I talk a lot about bowel motions. A lot! I know it seems icky and I have had some clients go bright red with embarrassment when I talk about it. But what our bowel motions do – or don’t do, and what they look like is a key clue as to what is going on with your digestive health.

Going every day (that is passing a bowel motion) is really important to do and great if you go twice too. You want this to be an easy process, not too difficult and painful, and should hopefully be well formed.

Why is this important? Well one of the key things that is happening is you are expelling many unwanted substances from your body. This is part of the normal detoxification and “keeping your body in balance” process. So it is not surprising that research has shown that those who suffer from constipation may have increased oxidative stress within the body. (Alphons J.M. Vermorken, 2016)

Oxidative stress is the accumulation of compounds within the cells and tissues of the body that promote oxidation. Think of the classic image where you cut an apple in half and leave it on the bench and its starts to go brown – or “age”. 

Oxidative stress is known to increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, neurological disease, inflammatory conditions and kidney disease. (Pizzino, et al., 2017) And not only that, it promotes ageing. (Liguori, et al., 2018)

We deal with oxidative stress on a daily basis and the body is able to handle it as long as we feed it the right nutrients – known as antioxidants – and these generally come from eating a diet that is rich in vegetables and fruit with a wide variety of colours and drinking plenty of water. This coupled with limited toxin exposure and regular bowel motions means you are able to support good removal of these substances.

So what if you finding it difficult to go daily? You could try the DetoxMe Daily herbal bowel cleanse as the ingredients in there may help to promote regular bowel motions. 

If you have read my previous article https://www.detoxmedaily.com/blogs/all/why-a-detox-might-be-beneficial-for-you then you will have read about the benefits of two of the ingredients Psyllium powder and L-glutamine – two core ingredients that help to support not only healthy bowel motions but may also help to improve inflammation within the digestive tract. 

Slippery elm is another ingredient in the DetoxMe Daily powder which may help support good bowel function. The reason for this is that slippery elm promotes mucous production within the tract, which not only helps improve the consistency of bowel motions (Bolen PhD, 2019) but may also help to improve beneficial bacteria within the colon. (Peterson PhD, et al., 2018)

Finally home grown New Zealand barley grass is also a key part of the DetoxMe Daily powder. Barley grass is regarded as one the premium functional foods available because of its ability to nourish the body in so many ways. And even better that it is home grown here in New Zealand! 

Barley grass powder is rich in nutrients such as B vitamins, as well as folate, magnesium, manganese, zinc and potassium. It is also really rich in antioxidants to help fight that oxidative stress I mentioned. Barley grass is also rich in GABA (an amino acid that works as a neurotransmitter in the brain), tryptophan, dietary fibre and many other rich polyphenols. (Zeng, et al., 2018)

Because Barley grass contains so many different biochemical substances that benefit not only the digestive system but also the body as a whole it makes it a great tonic for the body.


So…want to know more about your digestive health and what you can do to better it? Stay tuned for more articles on why DetoxMe Daily could be beneficial for you!


Claudia Oxford-Gonzalez is a Christchurch Nutritionist who believes in the power of food and supplements for optimal health. Claudia is working with Detox Me Daily to help bring you up to date information on why a gentle daily cleanse may be beneficial for you. Check out www.nutriviva.co.nz for more information. 


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Liguori, I. et al., 2018. Oxidative stress, aging, and diseases. [Online]
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