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A fascinating piece of your bodily processes, worth knowing, especially if you're trying to optimize your health, is you're bowel transit time.
Your bowel transit time is “how long it takes from the time you eat a food until it comes out the other end” (1). The ideal time for optimal health is 12-24 hours. Anything that sits in you longer than that can cause some serious long term effects! These effects include:
-increase in colon disease
-increase in estrogen dependent cancers
-compromise in urinary health for women and genital health for men
-overall general feeling of malaise
Most of it's hormone related.
“Hormones that have been broken down by the body are excreted via our feces. If the stools sit in the colon for too long, these hormones are reabsorbed into the bloodstream,” (1) increasing your chances of the above mentioned problems significantly.
How can you test you’re transit time?
All of the above methods will give you your transit time.
*Keep in mind that having a daily bowel movement does NOT necessarily mean that you’re not constipated! You may be expelling waste from 4-5 days prior! Eeeeek!
It’s worth noting that transit times less than 12 hours are not ideal either. You then run the risk of not appropriately absorbing you’re nutrients and malabsorption may be an issue.
Once you test your time and you come to see that it’s longer than 24 hours (or shorter than 12), it may be time for you to take a look at your eating/lifestyle habits and actively work on improving your times. That way, you can finally "let that s*** go" in an appropriate and timely manner.
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(1) Adapted from Digestive Wellness 4th Edition. Elizabeth Lipski, Ph.D., CCN, CHN