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Want a softer stool? Got Crohn's, Diverticulitis, Colitis, or IBS?

How soft is your stool?
How soft is your stool?
Anthony Murrey

I know this topic isn't necessarily all sweet and nice to discuss, but daily people receive a diagnosis of Crohn's, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticulitis, colitis, and so on... issues of the gut. Specifically, issues of the colon. None of these problems developed overnight, so don't expect a quick cure. It is possible to experience more ease though, and I'm here to enlighten you (or help you soften your stool)! Come along with me, and let's do this!

I am not a medical professional but have personally found relief of intestinal problems by juicing (as I describe below) and eating primarily raw fruits and vegetables, and nut/seed butters... I know the doctor probably told you not to eat nuts and seeds, but failed to explain why. Most people do not chew thoroughly enough! How easy is that?

So, yeah if you jam down a couple handfuls of nuts and sunflower seeds, your dis-ease is probably going to cause you PAIN! Small pieces of nuts and seeds can get stuck in your digestive tract as they try to pass through - OUCH!

Many people will not want to adjust their lifestyle, like drinking more water, adding the right kinds of fiber, re-learning how to chew thoroughly (30+ chews per bite), or learn proper food combining techniques. Perhaps folks may make small changes, but still opt for drugs, or invasive surgery. Well this information is NOT for them! But if you'd like some alternatives from someone who's "been there" - Read on my friend:

Aside from my ramblings here... like suggesting you chew each bite of food 30 or 40 times because digestion starts in your mouth... or advocating that you drink more water, eat more fresh fruits and veggies, and even, uh <gasp> buy and use an enema bag or get regular colonics...

If you'd like softer stools... then in addition to whatever your medical doctor told you, I'd advise you to consult with a licensed nutritionist, massage therapist, naturopathic doctor, or acupuncture physician. These folks all did a bunch of schooling too, so I don't want to hear "Oh Sheila, YOU never went to 10 years of medical school like my doctor." I know, duh! But I am human and I am smart. I listen to wise people and I read. I experiment and track what I eat and drink and pay attention to my body. Wow! What a concept! (Smiling)

I recommend alternative, integrated, or complementary practitioners because that's what I did. I went to acupuncturists, massage therapists, nutritionists, raw food chefs, energy medicine practitioners, and other well credentialed, endorsed, licensed holistic wellness professionals over the years and I've listened! I implemented their suggestions into my life... they can provide more information, and additional options for you to consider.

You may not have had a mother (like mine) who called for the ministers of our church to perform "laying on of hands", which allowed my body to heal of colitis. But the truth is, after an emergency room visit, a forced enema (not a pleasant memory - who wants that when their in pain), and being diagnosed as having ulcerative colitis at 6 years of age, my mom was scared and reached for all the help she could get for me - thankfully! I never experienced any pain from colitis again in my life (so I don't believe it when people say it can't be healed), but I have experienced softer stools (with no straining) since eating a raw plant-based diet, and juicing! The effects are undeniable.

Find, or allow yourself to be led to holistic wellness practitioners in your area... plus do your body a HUGE favor and start making and drinking fresh, raw, (preferably homemade) veggie juices to your diet... the more leafy green produce ingredients you can incorporate - the better.

Then, think about how much water you drink! Some beverages are dehydrating (like alcohol) so you'll probably need to add more pure water throughout the day to your regimen also.

Here's an excellent reference:

Dr. Jensen's Guide to Better Bowel Care: A Complete Program for Tissue Cleansing through Bowel Management

As well, for those with Colitis this article has more references for you to check.

Standard protocol for everyone now is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. So if you weigh 180 pounds, drink 90 ounces of water (less if your diet is primarily raw fruits and vegetables that contain a high percentage of water). Even if you only add 16 more ounces of water every day you will begin to experience an improvement in your stools (moving easier, and softer).

I drink smoothies too, adding avocado, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and healthy oils - but for initial healing I find juicing to be easy and soothing for the body - allowing the body the time and space to begin the healing process naturally.

----------------------- Sheila's Soft Stool juice -----------------------

Begin slowly, add one juice per day - and add water so it is not too strong for your taste (and you'll automatically get more water into your body)!

Best with all fresh organic ingredients:

1 bunch local organic large leaf kale
1 stem of swiss chard
1/4 head of cabbage
1 cucumber (if not organic, peel it)
1/3 bunch of cilantro (so yummy, spices it up)
1/3 bunch of parsley
1 lemon (peeled)
1 green apple
2 pieces fresh ginger root (peeled thumb size pieces, this adds zip!)

or

1/2 to 1 head of romaine lettuce
1 stem of swiss chard
1/2 beet
1 head of celery
1/3 bunch of parsley
1/3 bunch of cilantro (so yummy, spices it up)
1 lemon (peeled)
1 green apple
2 pieces fresh ginger root (optional)

Prep the veggies (grab from fridge, wash, rinse, peel, etc.)
Add each to your juice machine (Omega, or Breville juicers are powerful and fast!)
Pour your juice - mix half and half with pure water. This is important for those beginning fresh juices or those with gut / colon issues.
Clean / rinse out the juicer

Ask your nutritionist but you may consider adding aloe juice (start with an ounce or two) to either of these juices, or down a shot or two of it twice a day.

You may have heard that most dis-ease begins in the colon. Stress also effects this area of the body, as well as the heart, and nerves... because of this meditation, prayer, yoga, deep breathing, and energy medicine are also of benefit.

While compiling your list of wellness professionals, you may be well served to add Dr. Alison J. Kay. She's available via phone for consultations / ThetaHealing, and distance energy healing, if you are not local to the St. Petersburg / Tampa Florida area. Check Dr. Kay's website of coming events showing dates / times when she may be lecturing in an area near you.

If you're in our local area, Dr. Alison J. Kay is accepting new clients at the new eEvolve holistic wellness center in Clearwater, Florida.

To wrap it up -

It may not be known exactly what causes dis-eases like Crohn's but eliminating anything that comes from a cow, processed sugar, and yeast, are good places to start. For myself, the less beef I eat the better I feel. The less stuff in boxes, bags, or cans I buy the better I feel. I can't drink beer anymore. I can't eat ice cream. And you know what? I don't really miss it at all. I have no tummy pains, and regular, normal "no strain" bowel movements, once or twice a day. Life is very good!

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful. Be who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.