by: Sayed Farah سايد فرح
In this article, I’ll convince you of 2 opposing things. First, I’ll convince you that you are not supposed to poop every day, then, I’ll convince you that you should and at any cost, even if you had to use laxatives for the rest of your life. Then I’ll tell you the truth of the matter.
Syndrome X is a very vague term that is used to describe a wide array of symptoms. The gut connection to systemic diseases and poor health is even vaguer and the more articles/research papers you read, and the more videos you watch on Youtube, the more confused you’ll become, that is if you are a logical person. If you’re not, then your brain will get stuffed with bits and pieces of useless illogical information and at the same time, you’ll assume you know everything to know about the subject. But you’re still suffering from poor health. So should you consume fibers or not? Even the most knowledgeable keto fanatics fall into the trap of “fiber”.
Fiber supplements and regularity, that is pooping every day at the same time aren’t natural. It doesn’t match how our bodies are designed to operate. Ironically, advocates of Paleo and the ancient ways give fiber recommendations. Adding Psyllium Husk will deteriorate most people’s health instead of improving it in my experience. In the same sense, as high carbs and high protein diets do. You do not want items that ferment or rot to stay in you for long. Have you ever forgotten the already drank empty protein shaker in your gym bag? How did it smell when you opened it? Even if it were pure whey isolate and you didn’t add any carb source, it will still smell horrible. Proteins rot and fibers ferment. We are designed to have our intestines EMPTY for extended stretches.
Small keto non-allergic meals are a hack. Don’t think that you can eat lots of meat, eggs, cheese, nuts, etc. That will work for some time then it will fail you miserably. If you have a skin condition, that you resolved through fasting while consuming only small amounts of chicken breast and olive oil once per day for 3 months, I promise you the condition will return with vengeance.
It starts and ends in the gut. Most coaches/consultants just hate pesky clients. On the contrary, I love them because I learn a lot. I had this client who was addicted to blood work. I advised him not to but I couldn’t convince him and I’m kinda glad that I couldn’t. I witnessed how the little dietary changes we made changed the allergic reactivity to food items. I witnessed cross-reactivity and I confirmed how grains increased the reactivity to non-grain foods. I also got the opportunity to see firsthand what overeating does.
It starts and ends in the gut.
You may be thinking we cannot draw conclusions from non-controlled experiments conducted on one guy. I won’t try to defend this point but I want you to ask yourself the following questions: Why did you even think about criticizing the paragraph and bringing up the scientific experimentation standards? Why did you think that if something hurts a guy then it won’t necessarily hurt you? Although you’ll be right to discredit the conclusions, my point is that we always use logical justifications to resist change rather than using our logic to correlate.
Although we, humans, are the most diverse creatures, we are still all humans. We all have intestines, we all have reactive immunity systems. Who cares what are IGg and IGe? What we care about is to look and feel good. Eliminating the manifestations of bad nutritional habits should be the first order of business. The manifestations are where our genetic and epigenetic diversity plays its part. It’s a skin condition called Seborrheic Dermatitis for yours truly and it can be achy joints for you.
So what if you followed all the recommendations and you’re still constipated? You got the soluble fibers and insoluble fibers in check, you’re drinking enough water, you’re doing regular exercise, and you’re following all the advice but still evacuate twice per week or less and you rarely feel like you fully emptied. What then? Is it healthier to use a laxative or to keep waste material inside your body?
Wherever you are in the world, doctors, pharmacists, and basically anyone who advises on health will tell you not to use laxatives for prolonged periods as they are habit-forming. What habit? You tried everything and nothing works! I haven’t found reliable statistics on the subject, but from the data I’m collecting from people who consult me, it seems that irregularity is the new norm. Most people are not regular, as in, they do not go for number two on a regular daily basis.
Yours truly was regular until the age of 13. One day, and out of the blue, I stopped being regular. Come to think about it, all my health issues started at that time. Dandruff appeared in my hair and within a couple of years, it progressed into a skin condition called Seborrheic Dermatitis.
Anecdotally, many people cured their skin conditions by lifestyle changes. The problem is that the advice given by those people can be the complete opposite. In my opinion, the resolution of the conditions those people achieved resulted from reducing the lowgrade inflammation. Having waste sitting for prolonged periods cannot be a healthy thing and probably is the main cause of seemingly unrelated health issues.
Scientists have complicated the living hell out of the immune system. You’ll find names such as the complimentary immune function, T-cells, B-cells, and hundreds of molecules and receptors. Sometimes it’s better to simplify matters. What is obvious is that the immune function is extremely active in the intestines and that intestinal health affects the health and well-being of mammals, in this case, us.
the immune function is extremely active in the intestines
A herbal laxative twice per week can dramatically improve every aspect of your health and well-being. Just be sure to plan correctly. It takes 12-14 hours for the laxative to do its magic so you should have access to a toilet at that time. The evacuation usually happens twice within 1-2 hours apart. You might feel that you may have to evacuate for the next 24 hours but it’s just a feeling. If you evacuate before the 12-14 hours mark, that is a normal evacuation and you’re still going to have the laxative effect so be warned.
So what do you do? Well, it depends on your lifestyle. If, for example, you follow a keto-based lifestyle with intermittent fasting for most of the week and you can control your appetite when you consume calorie-dense foods, then you got nothing to worry about. You see, those foods are almost fully absorbed so practically nothing remains in the digestive tract to rot/ferment. If you suffer from sluggish intestines, I highly recommend you follow the above-mentioned lifestyle. Do consume avocados and supplement with Magnesium. You should avoid leafy greens and grains.
There are a few people who are blessed with guts of steel who are not affected by grains regardless of the quantity. What works for those blessed individuals won’t work for most of us. The matter of the fact is that most people can not tolerate gluten to some extent and would do MUCH better in terms of wellness and achieving their fitness goals if they managed to eliminate bread and most grains. It’s easier said than done unless you learn a few hacks that will guarantee your success and that’s exactly what I’m going to teach you in my future articles.
The same goes for leafy greens. For people with impaired motility, the leafy greens will remain in the digestive tract for extended periods. Instead of being healthy for you, the over-fermentation will cause systemic inflammation, a skewed microbiome profile, and result in poor health.
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