October 24th, 2016
| Supporter: Breast Cancer
If we think of the body as a whole and all the systems as interlinked, let's discuss what happens after you get done eating and digesting. Yes, your assumptions are correct. We are going to talk about the big Number 2.
As the old saying goes, "what goes up, must come down." The same is true for eating, "what goes in, must come out." Normally, your body simply takes care of everything automatically. But, if you are going too much or going too little, it becomes quite the problem. I am going to give you some real world advice on these two common problems, address their causes, and offer you some helpful solutions that will hopefully enable you to rectify the situation quickly.
Let's first start with some basic biology. When you eat food or drink liquids, they travel through your mouth and into your stomach and intestines. After your stomach, they travel into your intestines. Eventually, all of this ends up at the other side coming out as Number 1 or Number 2. This is your body's way of eliminating waste and chemicals inside the body that have been converted. This is a super important function of your body. And if it doesn't work correctly, it can cause all kinds of other back ups in the system.
What's really interesting about digestion is that it is one of the core functions of your body. And yet, many people will go their entire lives without actually giving it any thought until there is a problem.
What To Do If There's No More 2
Generally speaking, an inability to go is caused by dehydration in the lower intestine. This could also be caused by not eating enough fiber or eating too much processed cheese. Other things that can stop you from going are the anesthesia used in surgery, opiate based narcotics found in pain pills, and many chemotherapy drugs will dry you out as well. An inability to go will cause pain, discomfort, bloating, and very stinky smells emanating from your behind. The two easiest ways to start things up again are:
1. Increase your fiber intake
2. Increase your hydration
What To Do If There's Too Much 2
Inversely, not being able to stop going can be just as bad, if not worse. The big concern is that it will cause rapid dehydration. This can lead to hospitalization. You simply do not want to get dehydrated. Going too much can be caused by a couple of things such as an inability to process whatever you have eaten. This can also be caused by something as dramatic as food borne illness or as simple as your body being unable to process a food. This happens a lot to people who eat meats that are too heavy or try to eat uncooked veggies during chemotherapy treatment. I remember my mother really wanted a fresh leafy salad mid-way through chemotherapy. But, her body couldn't handle the uncooked foods and immediately rejected them. The result was the problem that we are addressing. Going too much can also be caused by treatment drugs or a lack of dietary fiber in your diet. Here are some tips to help things from getting worse:
1. Drink plenty of fluids
2. Increase your fiber
3. Try over the counter medications like Imodium A-D
I never thought I would be talking about the other end of business inside of my cookbook. But with cancer patients, there are unique challenges. This, unfortunately, is one of them. Plus, I guess I am kind of a hero for saving you from going into an online forum and asking these questions. Now you have solutions in the privacy and comfort of your own home and have maintained your dignity at the same time.
This is an excerpt from the author's new book, "Cooking for Kids with Cancer".
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