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Signs of Poor Digestion?

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  • Signs of Poor Digestion?

    How do I know If I'm digesting and absorbing nutrients properly? Should I take HCL or digestive enzymes just in case? I'm paranoid that eating healthy and taking vitamins isn't doing any good because of poor digestion.

  • #2
    This might sound a bit graphic but a lot can be said about your digestion through poop. If your poop is nicely formed with a good brown color and you are pretty regular than your digestion may not be too bad. Normal transit time for food is 18-24+ hours. So if you are having IBS, diarrhea or constipation that could indicate malabsorbtion, dysbiosis, or some other gut irritation. Some people eat sesame seeds to check their transit time since it can be easily distinguished in your stools.
    "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

    People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.


    • #3
      I've started taking a daily smoothie to try improve digestion, which has always been very bad.

      The smoothie contains kefir, diatemaceous earth, banana and cinnamon.

      Kefir for the probiotic effect
      DE to scrub the intestinal walls, promoting more effective absorption of nutrients
      Cinnamon to even out the blood glucose
      Banana, because they taste so good

      I'm going to have one every day for a month and see if it helps. Today was day 1.


      • #4
        Thanks, I've been debating whether to take probiotics, DE, or digestive enzymes. I don't know which would be best.