The average diet of an American adult is full of over-processed carbohydrates and sugars from quick and easy fast food options, and many are missing important vitamins and nutrients from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It’s no wonder people are beginning to notice the negative side effects of poor nutrition. This is usually where detoxing comes in.
Detox diets and detox drinks are more popular than ever before. These diets have many purported benefits including improved health, clearer skin and hair, disease prevention, increased energy levels, and many more.
Detox drinks and detox diets can help boost energy, aid weight loss, and promote a more thorough feeling of wellness by removing toxins in the digestive system and the rest of the body. Many people also report after going through a detox regimen that cravings for high sugar, high-carbohydrate, and high-fat foods decrease, and sticking to a healthy way of eating is much easier. (1)
What is Detox Water?
Detox water falls under the general umbrella of detox drinks, but it is not limited to one specific type of water or recipe but a collection of different combinations that can help with specific ailments.
Detox water is comprised of purified water, fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs, and other ingredients such as spices and aloe vera. Some recipes may call for coconut water for added nutrients and flavor.
Examples of popular combinations include apple, cinnamon, and honey for weight loss, lemon, lime, cucumber, and ginger for improved digestive health, and pear and ginger for increased releasing of toxins.
When drinking detox water, you will probably notice that numerous changes throughout the entire body, including your pooping habits. This article will discuss what to expect about your bowel movements when drinking detox water.
Ingredients that Make You Poop and Why
Depending on the ingredients of your detox water, some will make you poop more frequently than others.
Water, as the main ingredient, is one of the biggest promoters of healthy digestion.
When the body is not fully hydrated, the large intestine takes any extra water from the waste as it passes through. When too much water is removed, poop becomes hard and difficult as well as painful to pass. By introducing water into your diet, waste is more easily passed through the intestines and anus. (3)
Some people also add additional sodium into their detox water or use warm salt water as a detox drink. Sodium helps to remove the toxins and fecal matter stuck to the walls of the intestines. This method produces results rather quickly, so bowel movement can be expected within two hours of consumption. (4)
Many of the fruits and vegetables that are common in detox water recipes are high in fiber. Fruits and vegetables that you can add to your detox water that are high in fiber include blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, apples, bananas spinach, and cucumbers. Fiber helps to add bulk to waste, which means that poop can exit the body more quickly and painlessly. (5)
Dark green leafy vegetables are also high in antioxidants, which help to reduce inflammation throughout the body, specifically the digestive tract. Reducing inflammation can also ensure that waste is removed quickly and efficiently from the body.
Like many types of fruits and vegetables, oatmeal is also high in fiber, leading to reduced constipation and regularity. Combine oatmeal,together to create a drinkable, high fiber, detox water. (6)
Cayenne pepper powder is a very common additive in detox water. Whiles this pepper gives a spice that might be somewhat strong for some people, it goes great with lemon detox water. Cayenne promotes peristalsis throughout the digestive system. (7) Peristalsis is the movement that ensures that the esophagus is able to swallow food, that the stomach is able to move food into the small intestine, that the small intestine is able to absorb nutrients and excess water from the waste, and that the large intestine can force waste out of the body. (8)
Aloe vera gel, harvested directly from a plant or found in health food stores as completely unprocessed, is another ingredient in detox water that will ensure a bowel movement after consumption. Like cayenne pepper, aloe vera stimulates peristalsis, helping food move throughout the stomach and the intestines. (9)
Is It Okay To Poop During a Detox?
For many people, one of the main reasonings behind detoxing is to increase pooping and promoting a healthier digestive system. Therefore, it is incredibly important to poop while drinking detox waters. However, some people experience diarrhea during their detox, especially after the first day or so.
If you are only consuming detox water and limiting other meals, it is much more likely that you will experience loose stools. While this is not ideal, it is not out of the ordinary. If you are experiencing diarrhea, cut back on the amount of detox water you are drinking or on the amount of fruits and vegetables or peristalsis inducing ingredients you are consuming.
Additionally, it is important to keep well hydrated if you are experiencing very loose stools by consuming plenty of regular water during your detox. (10)
You might also find that you are more gassy than normal when you are drinking detox water due to the higher amounts of fiber. If you find that the gas or diarrhea is bothersome, peppermint, spearmint, or ginger can be incorporated into your detox water, as these ingredients are fantastic at soothing upset digestive systems.
Most people prefer to stay close to home during a detox, in case they feel the need to make frequent trips to the toilet.
What to Expect
As discussed above, for many people, it is not uncommon to see an increase in diarrhea when regularly consuming detox water. This diarrhea may be completely liquid or yellow with solids floating. As long as it is not severe, soft or watery stool is not particularly alarming.
Dark mucus stools are also not uncommon to see, as this is the waste that has been lining the intestines. Some people also experience a long, rope-like poop during their detox, which is again the old feces and toxins that have been stuck to the walls of the intestines.
Healthy poop should not have a strong smell, but any waste expelled during a detox is full of toxins and may carry an especially foul odor. After a detox, some will notice an easier time pooping, with little to no unpleasant odor. (11)
Bowel movement, stool, waste, or poop- whatever you call it, pooping is a regular occurrence for any living organism. While it can be unpleasant, poop is an incredibly important part of staying healthy. Pooping, and therefore eliminating toxins from the stomach and large and small intestines, is a crucial part of supplementing with detox water.
As with any diet or detox regimen, it is important to monitor your body for any unplanned or drastic changes in order to avoid any unhealthy, unintended consequences. When done correctly, detox water can help you do a thorough cleanse the natural way.
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