A 5th step to being healthy is to be aware of our elimination schedules. Our body is not designed to eliminate every 2-3 days, or once a week or twice a month. We are suppose to “go” within an hour or two after every meal. This means when we eat breakfast we should go within 1 to 2 hours after this meal. After lunch, we should be “going” 1 to 2 hours after this meal. After dinner, we should be “going” 1 to 2 hours after this meal. When we eat dinner at 6:00 pm, we should be “going” by 9:00 am the next morning. This elimination schedule is important. Each time we “go”, the stool should be formed–about 12 inches long and about 1 to 1 and 1/2 inches in diameter. We would call these “healthy poops”.
If we are eating 3 meals a day but only going to the bathroom once a day, this is when we start to get that build up on the walls of the colon. This is when we can become quite constipated. After a time, we feel gassy and bloated. We will start to have some digestive disorders.
Our colon is a very important organ. We would do ourselves a favor to keep it as healthy as possible. The healthy way is to eliminate properly every day and be on a healthy schedule.