If You’re Seeing Undigested Food In Your Stool, You’re Literally Pouring Money Down The Toilet
One of the most common complaints I hear from patients is seeing undigested food in their stool. If you’re seeing undigested food in your stool, you’re literally pouring money down the toilet.
This reminds me of a recent case I had with a patient who was “doing everything right on paper”, but not benefiting or improving. They continued seeing undigested food in their stool. When we did a deeper evaluation with them through our intake process, we found out that they were barely chewing their food.
One of the most important lessons we teach our patients is that only your mouth has teeth (I hope). If you don’t chew your food well or if you swallow your food whole, you’re not going to produce enzymes and break down food properly. A lot of times undigested food actually is just insufficiently chewed food that we do see.
However, it wasn’t entirely the patient’s fault. The other thing we did was evaluate their stool and one of the things we found was that they had very low pancreatic enzyme sufficiency. Your pancreas makes digestive juices for you to break down your foods and mostly carbohydrates, but also protein and fat. When somebody has very low pancreatic enzymes, they literally don’t have the juice they need to break down that food further. So here’s an individual who’s putting a lot of stress on their body by not chewing first and foremost, but secondly, their pancreas was a little bit sluggish as well. As we started working with them getting them to chew their food properly, they stopped seeing undigested food in their stool.
Our body is very efficient and we make several different digestive enzymes in our body. Many patients come to me already taking digestive enzymes, but they’re still seeing undigested food in their stool and having digestive issues. If we take this from north to south, you have your stomach that comes first and your stomach makes an enzyme called hydrochloric acid (stomach acid). Your stomach acid primarily breaks down protein. When people don’t chew well, they also don’t signal the production of good stomach acid. If you’re highly stressed out, you don’t make good stomach acid. If you have an infection, you usually don’t make good stomach acid. So stomach acid could really cause problems with protein digestion, especially if you ever pass gas with an odour.
Continuing our journey north to south, the second enzyme we make is pancreatic enzymes as we discussed earlier. Pancreatic enzymes mostly breakdown carbohydrates but also help with protein and fat as well. Some individuals do have pancreatic insufficiency, but that’s rarely something you just feel and does need further evaluation to uncover.
The third digestive juice that we do make is bile. Bile is made in your liver and stored in your gallbladder. It helps us emulsify and break down fat. A lot of patients have sluggish gallbladder function, and even sometimes no gallbladder at all.
So here we have three different types of digestive juices that all help us break down nutrients and break down the food that we eat. If you’re someone who is seeing undigested food in their stool, you’ll definitely want to evaluate this deeper because you might be just focusing on one enzyme or completely over supplementing a different enzyme and not really benefiting or hitting the nail on the head.
Author: Dr. Ricky Brar
Dr. Brar understands how crippling poor health can be and the physical, mental, emotional, and financial burden of feeling unwell. His passion is to empower and guide as many patients as possible to get back their health and live the life they were meant to live.
Dr. Brar has worked with hundreds of patients, delivered many powerful talks, wrote a best-selling book, and has also mentored hundreds of practitioners in clinical protocols and outcomes.
In his spare time, Dr. Brar enjoys being outdoors in nature, playing hockey, and furthering his (average) guitar playing skills. He also loves to advance his own well-being by spending time researching the latest news in functional medicine, fitness, mindset, and nutrition.
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Dr. Ricky Brar
Dr. Ricky Brar is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, best-selling author, speaker, and clinical mentor. His passion for Functional Medicine began with his own journey at the Living Proof Institute.
After working with over 10 practitioners over his 14 year journey, he arrived at the doorsteps of Living Proof Institute exclusively as a patient. Within a short period of time, his health transformed and the chronic digestive challenges and mental health symptoms that plagued him resolved completely. What surprised Dr. Brar the most was the radical difference in the Living Proof approach – he was looked at like a human being and the goal was to make him healthy in all areas, not just the previously diagnosed ones.
Our Mission at The Living Proof Institute is to address the root cause of your health issues and restore your health and vitality. Through partnering and education, you will receive the tools and direction to live an extraordinary life.
Dr. Brar is an amazing and compassionate practitioner.
He has helped me overcome some serious chronic health issues that no one had any answers for.
He has taught me so much, and has truly changed my life.
I can not recommend him enough.
Thank you so much for all that you do!Ryan Cloutier – Windsor, Ontario