So you’ve taken the Bristol Stool Test and scored with Type 1 and 2, don’t worry - we’re here to help with your constipation! The Bristol Stool Test was created by Ken Heaton, MD, from the University of Bristol in 1997. With the help of his 66 volunteers, they changed their diets and tracked their bathroom experiences to understand how diet travels through the digestive system. This research has enabled physicians worldwide to benchmark bowel-related conditions and create customized treatment plans.
Types 1 and 2 stool are challenging to pass and point to your digestive system being stuck, which can occur when food passes through your digestive tract too slowly. Constipation can also be caused by a lack of fiber in your diet, water throughout the day, or even a lack of exercise. If these don’t apply to you, certain medications, vitamins, and skipping a washroom break when needed may also be the culprit.
But do not worry; you’re not alone! Many individuals experience occasional constipation, a common digestive issue that can be uncomfortable and disrupt daily life. If you are dealing with constipation, here are three practical tips to help alleviate the discomfort and promote regular bowel movements.
Stay Hydrated: Drinking enough water (~2.7L for women, ~3.7L for men) throughout the day softens stool, making it easier to pass. Aim for at least eight glasses of water daily, and consider incorporating a tasty scoop of prebeet®, which will reduce bloat and gas and improve regularity.*
Increase Dietary Fiber: Fiber is vital in maintaining healthy bowel function. Increase your fiber intake by incorporating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes into your day. The resistant potato starch fiber in prebeet® can help reduce discomfort and straining*, improve regularity, and is even suitable for special diets like low FODMAP.
Get Active: Regular physical activity can stimulate bowel movements. Walking, jogging, or yoga for at least 30 minutes promotes digestive health. If you lack the energy to move, consider how prebeet® can boost your energy naturally - improving stamina and physical performance* without stimulants such as caffeine or sugar.
If constipation persists or becomes a chronic issue, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice. By following these three simple tips, individuals can take proactive steps toward promoting a healthier digestive system.