Dr Oz: Poop Friendly Foods
Dr Oz did a show all about your Poop & Pee, and then did this segment on Poop-Friendly Foods to keep you regular and to get your poop into the perfect “S” shape! Doctor Oz’s assistant said that she often gets constipated a couple of times per week, probably from her habit of eating lots of pasta and bagels. Dr Oz showed her a sample of what a real gut looks like – from the rectum, to the colon, to the small intestines to the stomach – it is very long when it is all stretched out, and that is what your food has to get through before you can poop it out.
Doctor Oz said that one of the reasons he is always so concerned about people eating white foods (like white pasta and white bread) is because it has to travel throughout your whole system, and white foods tend to turn into toothpaste by the time it hits your intestines. So as your body tries to squeeze toothpaste out, it just does not move and goes back and forth instead. This is why you need to eat fiber and roughage to clean your insides out. Insoluble fiber is crucial and you find it in grains like whole grain bread, whole grain pasta, whole wheat pizza, etc. Next time you are tempted to eat a white food, think about having toothpaste in your gut!
Dr Oz: Peppermint Tea for Constipation
Dr Oz’s next helper was a lady named Maryanne who said that she has been on medication for a year and has a big problem with constipation now, even though she was totally regular before started the medicine. Doctor Oz said that medications can slow down the motility of your intestinal tract, which can lead to constipation. Peppermint Herbal Tea is a great natural way to speed up the motility of your intestinal tract, plus it tastes great and will not keep you up all night!
Dr Oz: BOAT Foods for Diarrhea
Dr Oz’s final guest, Lisa, said that she has a very loose stool in the mornings, but she does not know what is causing her Diarrhea. Doctor Oz asked her if she eats a lot of diet foods and artificial sweeteners, because that is probably the biggest cause of Diarrhea in this country. Coffee can also cause Diarrhea, and is possibly the second most common Diarrhea cause. Dr Oz said that the reason that artificial sweeteners make you have Diarrhea is because they are not absorbed by your body, so it fools your body into making Diarrhea. So you should try to eliminate Artificial Sweeteners altogether, and instead just use 1 tsp of sugar which only has 16 calories anyway. Dr Oz also said to remember the acronym BOAT for breakfast, which stands for Bananas Oatmeal Applesauce and Toast (whole grain of course!). Eating these BOAT foods can help to stop Diarrhea as well.