Nobody wants to talk about it but it’s hands down the #1 thing people whisper to me once they’ve switched to a plant-based diet.
Don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of cool things that happen to your body when you start eating this way: weight loss, clear skin, improved heart health, improved vascular health (another whispered benefit but I’ll save that for later...).
But this one benefit, in particular, has people ready to scream it from the rooftops...if it weren't for polite society. Instead, it's usually a hushed, albeit excited:
"I can poop!"
People are so excited, blown away even (pun intended), by how quickly their body responds to eating a plant-based diet that they can’t wait to tell me about their morning BM. That’s pretty incredible!
So take a minute here to think. Do you:
Have trouble going regularly?
Experience a heavy feeling in your midsection?
Have low energy?
Strain to go?
You’re not alone! Nearly 42 million Americans are persistently stopped up.
So what can you do?
Eat plant-based for a week.
And if you do, I guarantee you’ll notice a significant change in your bowel movements - and feel a whole lot better!
So many of us get used to our bodies chugging along with sluggish intestines…but here’s how the body is intended to work: you eat, that food gets broken down and metabolized by your body and used for energy, and what you don’t need (waste or poop) is eliminated effortlessly.
So why is this normal process of just “doing your business” so difficult for so many of us? And what about therapies like colonics, cleanses, fasts, the billion dollar laxative industry, which were all created to get us to do one simple, totally natural thing: poop. Well, they're popular for a reason: they work. But only temporarily.
These “fixes” aren’t long-term because it’s not (usually) that something is wrong with how your body eliminates waste. The problem isn’t what’s coming out of your body, but what’s going into your body. When given the right fuel, our bodies don't need a cleanse to detox because there are no toxins to eliminate.
OK, not really a suggestion. More like a knock on your noggin from your loving Mama…
Quit your gritchin...
About your crummy bowel movements.
About a bloated, uncomfortable gut.
About your belly roll that pinches against your pants.
About barely having enough energy to watch Netflix and go to bed after work.
Instead...try eating plant-based for a week!
Your poop will move.
You will feel better.
You will be less bloated and your jeans will fit all day long.
You will have the energy you need to live a fulfilling, healthier life.
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