Just like period pain is NOT normal
Neither is a foul-smelling poo
Every household usually has that one person that you always want to avoid going to the toilet after they have been, don't they?
Keep reading to find out what could be causing that smell
I usually give it a rating scale with my patients in clinic
1. Means it’s ok to go after they have been
2. Means you must at least acknowledge the smell and complain about it to them
3. Means you need to steer clear for at least 3 days after they have gone
It’s all well and good to joke about it however, it is a problem I am seeing more and more in both male and female, adults and especially children.
What is a normal poo?
• A movement that doesn’t cause any pain
• Nicely formed with a smooth surface
• Stays in one piece
• Should be easy to push out
Signs and symptoms of needing some gut work?
• Going frequently in a day with a loose stool
• Only going every couple of days with a dry hard stool
• Pain before a movement
• Urgency to find a toilet
• Blood or mucous in the stool
• Undigested food particles in the stool
• Smell and gas
What is causing the smell?
There can be a few medical conditions that cause the smell such as cystic fibrosis, coeliac disease, and conditions affecting the pancreas. Certain medications can also cause a smell including antibiotics.
The main reason I see is malabsorption, for example the body is having difficulty breaking down proteins. I am seeing this more and more in children.
This can be due to:
• Digestive issues that can be a result of medications from birth for example if they were medicated for reflux as a baby.
• It could also be an imbalance in the gut flora which could be due to either what they are eating or a history of antibiotic use.
• Another highly likely culprit are parasites.
• Food intolerance could also be causing the smell but this can also be a chicken or egg scenario as food intolerance's can be caused by all of the above.
We have many different types of bacteria in out gut. There are two main families, the sugar feeders and the fat feeders. It is the sugar feeders that cause most of the problem. They cause cravings, they can lead to weight gain, they can lead to diabetes, they can lead to high cholesterol, they can lead to inflammation and even auto immune conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis and Hypothyroidism.
When there is an imbalance of bacteria there can also be cell damage, when this occurs then the intestinal barrier becomes more permeable and particles which are not meant to move through are now able to move through. Leading to many health conditions but the one I see the most in clinic is low grade chronic inflammation, this is where you have continuous inflammation but it isn't as obvious as a sprained ankle and rather than the inflammation doing you good it is causing damage. This is usually seen in obesity, depression, long term chronic pain, this doesn't come from an infection, it starts with your gut health.
The good news is that all of this can change. With a bit of repair and rebalance then you can be on your way to feeling better.
We create compounds in clinic that repair the gut such as Gut Boost and Gut Harmony and also compounds that help rebalance and boost such as Liver Boost. This is done through nutritional medicine as well as herbal medicine ingredients.
There are three stages of Gut Repair that are individually compounded in our clinic to assist patients of Melissa with correcting their gut bacteria ratios and improving digestion and absorption. These are used in conjunction with liquid herbal formulas that are formulated just for your signs and symptoms.
Finding the reason of gastrointestinal issues is what I do. First of all we need to assess what the causes could be and then we need to get straight to gut repair and calming down the intestines.
It is really important to take a full case history because this is how I put the puzzle pieces together. If the issue is only treated symptomatically (eg gastrostop, gaviscon, metamucil or nexium) without the underlying cause being worked on too, then it will continue to happen if not get worse. Your digestion starts with smell but really gets started in the stomach, if you have a history of reflux (even from birth) and have taken medication for this then this can be the reason for your digestive issues. It can also be connected to stress. When we are exposed to stress it can cause a lot of intestinal inflammation leading to us not absorbing out food. Often even drinking water can make us feel bloated. Just by asking questions I can usually pin point the major reason for the digestive complaints.
It is always important to find the root cause of the problem and fix it. Often people tell me that they just went and got some probiotics to help but unfortunately this doesn't usually help or repair the cause of the problem and can sometimes make it worse depending on what is causing it. This is where I can help.
Who am I?
I am a Bachelor qualified Naturopath who specialises in improving metabolic processes in the body and reducing metabolic inflammation. Major areas for improvement include gut health, thyroid, kidney, liver, weight loss and mental health. Conditions such as fatty liver, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, irritable bowel conditions, depression & anxiety. I help my patients by giving them symptomatic relief while working on repairing the underlying causes of metabolic stress and waste accumulation.
Melissa Callaghan ND, BHSc, BTeach
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