Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion School
Dehydration is another major factor that can lead to a poop imbalance. Lack of water leads to a dry digestive tract. A dry digestive tract lacks sufficient enzymes to break down your meal, leading to an accumulation of digestive toxins (ama) and improperly digested food in your poop. The quantity and quality of exercise will also impact your stools. Movement and regular exercise adds tone to digestive muscles, strengthening them and encouraging peristaltic contractions and regular elimination. Lack of exercise contributes to slower motility in the bowels, congestion, and stagnation. Your mental health plays a significant factor in the health of your poop. Strong emotions such as anxiety, fear or worry can cause tension and constriction in the body, causing you to hold onto your poop too long. Intense emotions like anger, frustration or rage will weaken digestive strength and can lead to poop being eliminated too quickly, before the food has gone through the full digestive process.
The first and most simple remedy to relieve dry type constipation is to sip hot water throughout the day. This will rehydrate the digestive tract, stimulate agni and peristaltic contractions. A mug of warm milk with ghee in the evening is also effective to moisten a dry digestive tract, encouraging a bowel movement. Heavy and unctuous, some psyllium husk in a cup of warm milk acts as a demulcent that coats the digestive tract, adds bulk and assists in passing a stool when constipated. Stagnant Kapha constipation can benefit from adding more fiber to the diet and utilizing the cleansing and scraping properties of triphala. Pitta constipation also requires cleansing, but with cooling properties too, such as that provided by amalaki.
The first step to reducing diarrhea is to avoid further inflammation and eliminate irritants, especially coffee, alcohol, spicy food, and nicotine. Add some cooling and astringent elixirs, such as pomegranate juice, hibiscus tea, or Anti-Diarrhea Tea to soothe the intestines and encourage the absorption of water in the colon. Anti-inflammatories like aloe vera and coconut oil will help cool and calm aggravations of the intestinal linings, and both have antimicrobial properties too. Your are at great risk of electrolyte depletion when experiencing diarrhea, so make sure to stock up and rebalance your levels with fresh coconut water. In cases of diarrhea, it is important to rebuild digestive strength, without overheating Pitta. Mild digestives like cilantro and fennel will balance the hot, sharp, liquid qualities of diarrhea.
The first steps to improve digestion and reduce undigested food in your poop is to eat warm, well cooked foods that are easy to digest. Foods like applesauce and kitchari are very easy on your tummy and can help rebuild your digestive strength. About 20 minutes before meals, make a mug of warm water with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a pinch of mineral rock salt to moisten the digestive tract and stimulate the release of digestive enzymes. Chewing a piece of Ginger, Salt, Lime Appetizer will have a similar effect. Digestive Comfort Support Tea also helps combat a dry digestive tract and bring a healthy supply of blood to digestive organs so they have adequate fuel to create a healthy poop.
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