For a related and more in-depth article on steps to heal your digestive center, go here.
Although not the most fun topic in the world to talk about, remember that this is a no bullshit journey we’re on here. To be a true BodyHacker means you aren’t shy to get down and dirty when you need to, and one of those areas is with your own poo.
It's good to start practicing, because you’ll have to get friendly with your poop for all those exciting stool tests coming your way as you journey into the world of biohacking, reshaping your gut microbiome and operating at godly digestion. In any case, your poop can tell you a lot about whether you’re operating at top notch levels or dealing with something that needs your attention ASAP, and in this article we'll take a look at several considerations.
If you’re supplementing, know that it just comes with the territory to suddenly find yourself invited to a surprise diarrhea party because you either took too much of something, your body is detoxing from the added nutrition or it simply didn’t agree with you for whatever reason.
Unfortunately, everyone is different in this area and there is no magic formula for avoiding diarrhea when you are healing your center or going on a complete nutrition program and balancing your nutrients. As you intervene and change supplement doses, try new things or remove toxins from your body, it is just part of the territory to have unexpected changes in your stool and that's alright.
Usually this will mean diarrhea, but constipation may happen too. I’ve dealt with these phases many times, and while frustrating, it’s just another opportunity to learn about your body and develop patience and Sensitivity.
Everything I recommend in this blog and in my books is generally safe and beneficial for your body with a very low risk and high reward. But the reality is, practically each and every nutrient can lead to diarrhea in some way or another if it’s used too much, if you’re sensitive to it or if it releases something from your body.
It’s nothing to panic over. It’s just a blip on your radar to take notice and adjust accordingly by toning it down, adding fiber (like psyllium husks), stopping altogether or simply observing yourself for a week or more to see what the pattern is.
You may find yourself interrogating a bunch of supplement bottles on who the culprit for the potty-pants was, and this may happen more than once. I’ve had to do this on numerous occasions and take things out one at a time, reintroduce them and observe patiently. It’s a pain, but more often than not, it is a harmless situation. If you stop altogether, work your way back into your supplements with the least likely to offend based on what you’ve observed in the past and slowly add one at a time from the list of probable offenders.
You can also do a 1 or 2 day water fast to let your colon heal, then run a Flora Blitz 100 program from OHS to boost the bacteria in your gut. Diarrhea, especially prolonged over a period of time, can purge your colon of beneficial bacteria, so it’s good to have ways to restock your gut microbiome for these kinds of situations. Even if there is no inflammation or other serious concern, this purging can lead to an imbalance which will cause other problems down the road, so make sure you have some probiotic insurance regardless.