How well does your body eliminate?

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At Taking Shape in Encinitas, CA, we believe that the frequency and ease in which your body eliminates is a clear indication of how well your digestive and lymphatic systems are working. Elimination is an important process that helps keep your body functioning at its optimum. During non-invasive body slimming treatments, Taking Shape customers engage their elimination process and enhance their weight loss results by hopping onto a whole-body vibration machine. Ten minutes of gentle shaking can help burn calories and stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems. Whole body vibration speeds up the natural metabolic and elimination process. Humans need to eliminate waste material, including fat and toxins, every day by way of perspiration, urination and bowel movements.

How often do you have a bowel movement? The standard length of time between bowel movements can range widely from person to person. Some people have them several times a day while others only a few times a week. Going longer than three days is too long. Many doctors and wellness professionals we talk with tell their patients that it is important and “normal” to have a bowel movement every day. Constipation is associated with hard stools or difficulty passing stools. There may be pain or discomfort or you may be unable to have a bowel movement after straining or pushing for more than 10 minutes.

Constipation is common and it’s a sign that one’s body is not in a true state of wellness. Many people experience constipation on a regular basis and have come to believe that having bowel movements less than three times a week is ok. Weight gain, cellulite and the inability to lose weight often relates back to how well the elimination system is working. Being constipated can make you feel sluggish, stopped up, cranky and bloated.

Constipation is not considered a disease, but a symptom with many causes. What are the common causes of constipation?

Not drinking enough water. Our bodies need to be hydrated to function correctly. Water eliminates toxins and helps flush waste material from the body. Dehydration is not a healthy state. Taking Shape recommends drinking 50% of your body weight in ounces of pure or filtered drinking water. This does not include coffee, tea, soda or energy drinks. So, for example, a woman who weighs 150 pounds would drink 75 ounces of water every day. That comes out to about nine 8 ounce glasses of water. Another guide to use: drink one glass of water every hour you are awake. How many of glasses of water are you drinking every day? If you have problems with constipation, maybe it’s a sign that you’re not drinking enough water.

Not eating enough fiber. We ingest fiber when we eat fruit, vegetables, legumes and grains. Eating a variety of foods is important. Adding fiber rich nuts, flax seeds, wheat bran or psyllium husk to your diet may be helpful. If we do not take in an adequate amount of roughage, stools can become hard and difficult to pass. Eating fatty foods and highly processed foods can lead to constipation. Some people experience constipation when they eat large quantities of cheese or dairy products. If you have problems with constipation, maybe your body is telling you to increase your fiber intake.

Not leading an active lifestyle. Our bodies need regular exercise – we need to move to stay healthy. At a minimum, go for a 30 minute walk every day. Being physically fit and active not only helps our cardiovascular system. It helps our colon perform correctly and helps the lymphatic system stay active which helps you stay regular. If you have problems with constipation, maybe you need to increase your activity level.

Taking medications. Sometimes the medications we take to treat pain, hypertension or depression can also lead to constipation. Many of the receptors for the narcotic class of drugs are located in the digestive tract, so it tends to bring everything to a stand-still. Antacids are helpful for treating heartburn, but those that contain calcium or aluminum can trigger constipation. Some allergy meds are antihistamines. They can create a drying effect which can interfere with the body’s ability to eliminate daily. If you have problems with constipation, maybe you need to talk with your doctor about the meds you’re taking.

Stress. Our guts and our brain have an incredible connection. It’s commonly known as the mind-body connection. Did you ever get a tummy ache on your way to school or before that annual performance review? When we feel anxious and are under stress, our digestive system suffers. When we feel upset, worried or anxious our eating habits often change. When we feel tense, we tend to ignore our posture and our breathing becomes shallow which means that less oxygen is getting into our lungs, blood and brain. Sometimes travelling or a change in routine can increase our stress. Some people feel anxious when their only choice is to use a public restroom. If you have problems with constipation, find ways to feel more relaxed and calm. Sometimes just creating a more consistent routine can make the difference.

What are some easy remedies?
Drink more water. Drink prune juice. Although not recommended for pregnant women, aloe vera juice can act as a gentle, natural remedy. Eat more steamed vegetables and fresh or dried fruit. Drink a warm cup of caffeine free tea such as peppermint or chamomile. Walk, swim, do yoga or some type of exercise that gets your whole body moving. Breathe deeply. Enjoy a massage. Take a warm bath with Epsom salts to help your muscles and mind relax. Meditate or listen to music.

It’s important to pay attention to the frequency and ease at which your body eliminates. Bowel movements may not be the most comfortable topic to discuss, but it’s vital to understanding how well your body eliminates unwanted materials such as fat and toxins.

This article offers some simple steps you can take to keep your digestive and lymphatic systems running smoothly and help improve the regularity of your bowel movements. Sometimes making a small, gentle change can bring on a significant result.

Nancy and Frank Pisacane are the owners of Taking Shape LLC in Encinitas, California. Taking Shape provides gentle, fast and effective non-invasive body slimming services for men and women. For more information about our services we can be reached at 760-431-5403. Please visit to read our wellness articles and watch testimonials from our happy customers.

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