Are you absorbing your vitamins?

How do you know if you are simply flushing all the nutrients your body needs down the toilet? Are you spending money on organic food or expensive supplements? Are you sure that you are absorbing what you need from your food? The simple answer is to review your toilet bowl and see if you are absorbing the nutrients you need. Your toilet contents will tell you if you are absorbing your vitamins or if you are simply flushing those expensive supplements down the drain.

Your gut will absorb the nutrients from your food and supplements if there is a haven for them to exist and thrive. If your gut flora or microbiome is unstable then you simply won’t absorb nutrients. For the last few weeks, I have been on a probiotic, prebiotic adventure and some interesting changes have been occurring which is why I decided to write this blog on how do you know if you are simply flushing all the nutrients your body needs down the toilet

On my last few blogs, I have been discussing the after-effects of holiday virus/gastroenteritis/or just another day at Primary school bug!  My insides were ripped out, too much detail?  As a consequence over the past few weeks, I have been recreating a haven for my gut bacteria.  I have been consuming prebiotics to feed by probiotics and nurturing them with homemade Kefir. If I have lost you already visit my previous blogs and you will be all up to date; for instance, you may be interested to read: why gut bacteria make you feel fat

If you exercise a lot, it will have an effect on the speed of delivery. The concern is nutrient absorption.   If your gut bacteria is not performing well then your body can’t absorb nutrients from the food you eat.  It doesn’t matter if I have the best diet in the world if I can’t absorb the nutrients from it.

What you need to know about bowels

When you use the toilet,  should not dive straight to the bottom of the loo if it does it may indicate that you are not absorbing all the nutrients that you could from your food. If your poo hangs around or sinks slowly and contain bubbles of gas then your good bacteria in your gut are performing useful services and all is well.

The Bristol stool scale was published in 1997 and on a scale of 1 to 7 you are aiming for a 3 or 4 

Type 1  Separate hard lumps – this illustrates dehydration and has taken over 100 hours to move through your body which is not a good sign.

Type 2 Sausage-shaped and lumpy

Type 3 sausage but with cracks on its surface

Type 4 Smooth sausage – this is ideal

Type 5 Soft blobs (an indication of possible food intolerance)

Type 6 Fluffy pieces with ragged edges

Type 7 Watery and has taken 10 hours to move through your body

Flushing vitamins away

How you can effectively absorb vitamins?

There are a number of different things you can add to your daily life to retain more nutrients.  Absorbing the most benefit from the food that you eat is as simple as adapting to include the habits outlined below:

Add in more movement and exercise to your daily routine

Exercising lightly to help stimulate bowel movement.  Conversely, if you decrease your normal exercise this can cause your gut to slow down.

Adding more fibre

Getting enough fibre is important keeps digestion regular and preventing constipation. Read more below about the types of fibre you need.  There are two types of fibre, water-soluble and insoluble.  Interestingly plums are great dietary fibre not only do they have fibre but also because they draw extra fluids into the gut which makes digestion easier.   The water-soluble is found inside the plum and the insoluble is the plum skin. I talk a lot about this in my best-selling book, Gorgeous! If you want to make nutritional changes but feel overwhelmed and confused by conflicting information and you’re left bewildered where to start then pick up a copy of Gorgeous!

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Hydration and Water are essential

Staying hydrated is also key—especially if you’re flying on a plane or otherwise travelling. Constipation occurs when your poo is too dry and it can’t move through your body easily, so drinking plenty of water can always help move things along.

Keep to your regular cycle. 

You have an unspoken agreement with your gut, you poo at your regular appointed time. It will get confused if you suppress the urge at the appropriate time.

Prebiotics and probiotics:

It is important to include natural food that is prebiotics and probiotics. IF you are interested in finding out more check out my blog: what are prebiotics and probiotics blog

How coffee affects your bowel movements

The warm liquid acts as a vasodilator, it widens blood vessels in the digestive system and helps increase blood flow and GI activity. Drinking coffee will help you to poo!

Massage can help

A recent UCLA study suggests that putting gentle pressure on the perineum—the area between your front bottom and back bottom—may help break up and soften your poo if you have been suffering from constipation.

How your digestive system works

The science as explained by experts in this field Giulia Enders in her book ‘Gut – the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ’ are interesting.

Your gut has two sphincter muscles, the internal one is unconsciously controlled and sends the message to the brain that you are unaware of. The second is under your control, conscious control. You can decide if it is appropriate to let rip in a Pilates class for instance 😉  If you decide it isn’t appropriate in that social setting, then the message is sent to the brain and the first internal sphincter is closed shut. This all works well for the delicate-minded.

However, if you overuse this system this ‘message’ system can get blocked if you are squeezing shut tight for too long. You then need to educate the muscles to relax.  So I suppose the message here is let rip in a Pilates class every once in a while 😉


Ever considered working with a Health Coach?

It’s taken me years (and loads of mistakes) to work out how to fit in nourishing nutrition, fulfilling exercise around my life which includes my coaching business, my Pilates obsession and 3 kids! And now I coach busy, successful woman over 40 to do the same – via my membership community and The Gentle Reset – and I’d like to invite you to join me see what it is like find out more: read the blog The Gentle Reset Based on the latest science from the world of nutrition, neuroscience and exercise I’ve created a coaching programme that will create habits that will keep you energised for life.


What results should you expect?

University lecturer and business owner Rachel explains “I am starving, therefore, I must be losing weight, but the scales were going the opposite way – I was confused…”​ Rachel is a busy professional, hardworking and successful who lives life at “100 miles an hour”. She fits a lot into her day and she was looking for some help with her health that could be “easily absorbed into her day” She noticed she was getting a lot of colds, feeling lethargic, she knew it was because she wasn’t putting the right nutrition in her body. You can hear Rachel talking about how she changed her life click here Find out more about the success stories click here


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Your investment is currently £415 but this is for a limited time, the price will be increasing soon. There are big changes happening inside of my programmes and from March 2021 the costs of all my training will be increasing.

If you are interested in finding out more about the costs of working with a Health Coach read my blog: How much do Health Coaches charge?

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