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Is your Mass Transit Running on Schedule?

If you're like most people, your everyday trips to the bathroom probably don't double as checkups on your bodily health.   But the fact remains that your bowel transit time (the time it takes food to travel from mouth to anus) is a great indicator of your overall health.

When your system is in optimal working order, your transit time should average 12 to 24 hours.

Overall, Americans have a transit time that is too long- 48 to 96 hours - because we don't eact enough high-fiber foods or drink enough water.  So, next time around, take a peek and follow the simple home test to determine your transit time.

Eat three to four whole beets, noting the exact time you do this.   When you see darkened stool (beets will turn it deep red), calculate how many hours have passed.  That is your transit time.

Transit Time What it Means Reccomened action
More than 24 hours Wastes are sitting in your colon too long.  Toxic substances that were supposed to be eliminated may be irriatating your colon and getting absorbed back into your bloodstream Increase your fiber intake by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes.  And make sure you drink lots of water at least 64 ounces a day
12 to 24 hours Your bowels are functioning optimally. Keep up the good work.
Less than 12 hours You may not be absorbing all the nutrients you should from your food Consult a health care professional.

 

 

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