And anyone that's been to a naturopath will know we love to talk about digestion and what your poo has been up to. If it's been up to the surface in the water regularly - the floating poo - we need to have a look at how you are utilising fats.
Poor absorption of fats might be due to bile salt malabsorption, as bile normally breaks down fats in our small intestine. Bile is secreted by the liver and stored in the gall bladder and 95% should be absorbed in the small intestine when breaking down fats. Bacterial overgrowth can cause bile malabsorption, and the bile doesn't break down and continues on to the large intestine where it causes trouble, attracting water and leading to diarrhoea.
We can help to decrease bile malabsorption by:
- chew meals slowly and sit down while eating
- eat small amounts of good healthy fats (fish, olives, avocado, nuts and seeds, natural yogurt)
- eradicating unhealthy bacteria in the small intestine with herbs such as Phellodendrun, oregano, cloves and my favourite, thyme
- use enzymes such as lipase to help break down fats while correcting the cause of malabsorption
If you have #IBS there is relief. Speak to your local naturopath.
Yours in health