Q: What does it mean when I have undigested food in my poop? Many high-fiber foods, like corn, leafy greens, and certain nuts and grains, often pass through you only partially digested because the enzymes in your system don\’t break them down fully. Eating more slowly, really chewing each bite, drinking plenty of water, and consuming probiotic-rich foods (yogurt, kefir) are all smart steps to take to keep your digestive tract running smoothly and your stool looking \”normal. \” (A healthy poo may look different from person to person. But, in general, stool should be a shade of brown and soft enough that it\’s easy to pass, but still compact. )
RELATED: В Though it may be a little gross, the occasional bit of undigested food in your (otherwise normal-looking) number two is typically nothing to fret about. But if it routinely happens along with diarrhea, you should bring it up with your doctor. Certain viral gastrointestinal infections can speed up the transit time of stool moving through your digestive tract, leading to diarrhea and the presence of undigested food. Diarrhea may also be a sign that your intestine is not absorbing nutrients properly, which can be a result of or Crohn\’s disease. You should also see your doctor if you\’re experiencing cramping, bloating, or abdominal pain. It\’s possible you have a food intolerance or allergy, or irritable bowel syndrome. RELATED: Healthв s medical editor, Roshini Rajapaksa, MD, is assistant professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine.
БDid you have a kale salad with carrots, tomatoes, sprouts and oh are those whole almonds in there? Б said the colon hydrotherapist to her client. This is an example of a common scenario I see day in and day out during a colonic session = undigested food. Yes, not all food completely breaks down (insoluble fiber) but I shouldnБt be able to identify the entire contents of what you had for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As mentioned in my previous about low stomach acid, the digestion process is like an assembly line. If one part isnБt working properly it throws a wrench in the entire process from teeth to toilet. Besides stomach acid (HCl) we need digestive enzymes to help breakdown, absorb, and assimilate our food into nutrients. Quick fact: Enzymes play an essential role in every function in human body not just digestion Б we need them to see, hear and breathe and more. With out enzymes we wouldnБt be alive. While enzymes are present in raw, whole foods to assist with digestion, most people do not obtain enough enzymes with diet alone. The modern diet of cooked, heavily processed foods depletes the natural enzymes from food and leads to poor digestion, as the body may not be able to completely break down foods and obtain their valuable nutrients. б Plus stress, aging, and the woes of modern living deplete our enzyme stores. БEvery ten years, your body s production of enzymes decreases by 13 percent.
So by age 40, your enzyme production could be 25 percent lower than it was when you were a child. And by the time you re 70, you could be producing only ONE-THIRD of the enzymes you need. Б HereБs how to tell you might have issues with your enzymes: Gas and bloating after meals. Feeling food sitting in your stomach, or feeling full after just a few bites of food. Undigested food in your stool or during a colonic. Floating stools (some floaters are fine but if your poop always floats, hmm not so good) Is that an Бoil slickБ in the toilet bowl? Nope itБs just undigested fat! Please read previous post on low stomach acid Б many of the effects of low HCl are the same/related to low enzymes. БPartially digested proteins can cause allergies, autoimmune reactions. A lot of essential vitamins, amino acids and minerals do not get absorbed, causing nutritional deficiencies. Maldigested carbohydrates get consumed by abnormal flora, which converts them into alcohol, acetaldehyde and a whole host of other toxins. Fats do not get digested which makes the person deficient in extremely important fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, essential fatty acids and gives the person pale floating stool or diarrhea. Undigested food simply rots in the digestive tract, poisoning the whole body. Б Here are some top tips to energize your enzymes. Chew your food. IБm serious. It sounds stupid, but chew your bleeping food. I see it all around me people swallowing their food whole like itБs their last supper.
Stop it. Stop it right now. You release important enzymes (amylase) in your mouth so chew and grind that food nice and slow before you swallow. Quick fact: Did you know that you produce about 1. 7 liters of saliva each day? DonБt chew gum. It fools your body into thinking itБs digesting something and wastes your enzymes. Boost your stomach acid Б once again read the previous post, and follow the suggestions listed. б Eat smaller portions. Consume more raw foods. Digestive enzyme supplements. Taking a supplement with a wide range of enzymes will help ease the burden on the body to digest food while you heal the digestive tract. Try to look for enzymes with HCl and bile to digest fats, especially if you consume animal protein. (Talk to your healthcare provider about which supplement is right for you) Come in for a colonic! LetБs see if I can identify the salad you had for lunch and we can talk more about enzymes Note: Eat a mostly raw diet and still find you aren t digesting properly? It could be low stomach acid, or you might not be assimilating enough protein from your food. We need adequate amino acids from protein to make enzymes! Haas, M. D. , E. M. (2006). Staying Healthy with Nutrition: The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine. б Berkley, CA: Celestial Arts www. mercola. com Campbell-McBride, Dr. Natasha (2004). Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Medinform Publishing.