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Since many of us Celiacs are left with intestinal problems even after going on a gluten-free diet this article would be informative.

Three Keys to Healthy Bowel Movements

Your bowel movements are excellent indicators of your overall health. Since food provides the fuel for energy production, it follows that a fully functional gastrointestinal tract is crucial. Your stomach, bowel and liver need to be in tiptop working order in order to do their job, which is extracting, processing and absorbing nutrients from your meals.

The process

Food as it is consumed is not in a state to provide energy to the body. First it must be broken down into particles small enough to cross the plasma membrane of your cells. Enzymes manufactured in the small intestine, combined with pancreatic enzymes and bile from the liver, aid in digesting proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The mix is absorbed through the intestinal wall and transported to the liver, where it is further metabolized and made available as an energy source.

The large intestine

The large intestine, which processes the residue from this procedure, is host to good intestinal flora such as acidophilus which help to move everything along to the rectum, stimulating defecation.

The importance of regular bowel movements

A complete and satisfying morning bowel movement is essential for optimum energy levels. A sluggish bowel creates a sluggish body, while optimal colon function prevents toxic buildup and ensures energy and vitality.

Shape and size

As we mentioned earlier, your bowel movements are excellent indicators of your overall health.. If you have small, marble-sized movements, for example, that could mean you are dehydrated. Bowel movements need sufficient water, oil and. Sufficient water and roughage produce soft but formed bowel movements, about the size and shape of small bananas. Oil (olive oil is ideal because it helps the body in other ways, too) aids with frequency and helps prevent constipation.

Three keys to healthy bowel Movements

While it is beyond the scope of this article to go into specific foods that are good to eat for optimal bowel function, here are three items you should consume every day to ensure normal movements.

Water eight to ten glasses a day

Fiber bran cereals, whole grain products

Oil olive oil on salads

In a future article, we will discuss bowel-friendly foods in more detail.

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