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"Everything shit !?": Intestinal advice helps the digestion on the jumps

Feeling of fullness, gas and constipation affect more and more people in Germany. "As recently as 20 years ago, only old people suffered from these diseases," says physician Dr. Adrian Schulte. In his guide "It's all shit !? When the intestine becomes a problem", the expert reveals how you can get your intestines fit again and why it is important to look at "what comes out of the back".

"Our intestines are not doing well," writes Schulte, who heads the "F.X. Mayr health center above the lake" in Überlingen. This is mainly due to our diet. It is therefore better to avoid certain foods - "because they do not get us, cause gas or turn stool into a smelly mass."

What toilet paper says about intestinal health

The book provides surprising evidence of intestinal problems. For example, in addition to the smell and texture of the faeces, the toilet paper also provides information on whether an intestinal disease is present. You should see a doctor quickly, especially if you have traces of blood. The amount of toilet paper that is used when cleaning is also an important indicator: the more it is needed, the greater the likelihood that something is wrong with the bowel. Schulte explains why: "The intact large intestine covers the feces with a layer of mucus that prevents the anus from becoming soiled." According to Schulte, high paper consumption is an indication of a disturbed intestinal flora.

Why healthy stools don't stink

Our excretions consist of a mixture of undigested, dead intestinal mucosa and bacteria. No need to be disgusted. Because if digestion is working properly, the feces don't smell either. "It only gets disgusting when the intestine doesn't do its job properly and fermentation and putrefaction processes transform the excretions into smelly, sticky, more or less solid mass," writes Schulte. Then something is wrong. Likewise, the stool should not be watery, mushy or lumpy. As far as the frequency is concerned, once or twice a day is normal, according to the expert.

Which food promotes intestinal activity

The most important requirement for a healthy digestion is a healthy diet. But which foods are good for the intestines and which are better to avoid? Schulte's advisor provides an alphabetical list - from A for alcohol to Z for sugar. In it, the author recommends the Mediterranean diet as the healthiest form of nutrition: especially vegetables, fruit, fish and olive oil - with a low proportion of dairy products and sugar.

Fiber is an important basis for a healthy digestion. The fibers contained in vegetables, fruit and whole grain products stimulate the bowel movement and shorten digestion time. Eating a high-fiber diet also lowers the risk of colon cancer. Schulte advises eating meat only twice a week - in good quality and always chewing it well. One should keep moderation with dairy products. Otherwise flatulence and indigestion will quickly develop. The same applies to sugar, which in large quantities can disrupt the intestinal flora.

Digesting begins with thorough chewing

Badly chewed food makes it difficult for the stomach to work. Because he has to do what the teeth should have done: chop up the food. "Chewing is therefore the first step in digestion," emphasizes Schulte. If you, on the other hand, devour the food in a hurry and wash down large chunks with cold drinks, you not only put the digestive tract under stress. He's also filling up more slowly and consuming more calories as a result.

In the morning the bowels are in good shape

The favorite working time of the stomach and intestines is the morning, Schulte knows. Therefore, breakfast is a particularly important meal. In the evening, on the other hand, the stomach is tired and the digestion sluggish. Therefore, you shouldn't fill your stomach just before going to sleep.

Small snacks in between are poison for digestion: "Our intestines are usually overloaded by meals that are eaten quickly and that are too large, by snacks that do not give it time to clean itself," writes Schulte. It is therefore advisable to reduce the number of meals to three per day.

Ten days of intestinal fitness for those in a hurry

If you take these tips to heart, you will get your digestion under control after a few months, says Schulte. For those in a hurry, the doctor recommends a "ten-day fitness program" based on the concept of the Austrian doctor Franz Xaver Mayr. Meals should last at least 30 minutes twice a day so that the chewing exercise is practiced adequately, and drink a lot between meals. Best mineral water and herbal teas. It should be two to three liters a day, says Schulte.

It is also important to get enough sleep during the ten days - at least eight hours a day. The program is mainly based on nutrient and vitamin rich foods. There are also the so-called "Go's" - a list of foods that should increasingly be on the menu. These include almond milk, soy milk, green smoothies, eggs, avocados and easily digestible vegetables. Absolute "no go's", however, are alcohol, coffee, cigarettes and sugar.

Conclusion: a good gut feeling is not magic

After reading the book, the reader will understand that a healthy bowel is not magic. If you want to live without complaints, you can change your eating habits with the help of the guide. It goes without saying that this requires a certain amount of discipline. However, the author does not raise his forefinger. Instead of lengthy, scientific passages, it offers the reader practical tips that anyone can easily incorporate into their everyday lives. Afterwards you learned a lot - also surprising things. In one or the other, this will surely arouse the desire to take more care of their intestines in the future.

The book "Alles Scheiße !? When the bowel becomes a problem" was published by Scorpio-Verlag in 2016, 203 pages, price: 18.50 euros.

Important NOTE: The information is in no way a substitute for professional advice or treatment by trained and recognized doctors. The contents of t-online cannot and must not be used to independently make diagnoses or start treatments.

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