Digestive Health

Although many people still avoid talking about their digestion and stool, it is essential to look at the color, size, shape, and frequency of your stool as it is an indicator of your overall health. Is it important to check that because many people have no idea what a “normal” bowel movement is supposed to be like. Your digestive system and gut microbiome is involved in all facets of health. Dysbiosis or an imbalance in the microbes in your gut can impact your mood, immune system, and overall wellness. When your digestive system and microbes are are not functioning optimally, it can be essential to understand the underlying causes that contribute to the problem. But what would a “normal” stool be? Our answer is that it should be like a soft sausage; smooth and soft, easy to pass with no straining and a mid-brown color. Believe it or not, there is a ‘stool chart’ called the Bristol Stool Chart, which provides a visual guide to the different types of stool. Ideally, yours should be something like 3, 4 or 5. We provide the image in this post. Be aware of this part of your health too and help to prevent future problems.

Credit: Metabolic Balance Canada

Dandelion: A Spring Cure

In the spring time, gardens everywhere start to fill dandelions, considered by many to be a pesky weed. What you may not know is that dandelion is actually a “bitter” herb with the amazing ability to help purify blood in the body. According to tradition, dandelion stimulates the body to flush out any undigested foods from the body – like a spring clean after the long winter! Rich in minerals, vitamins and enzymes, it has an invigorating effect on all body functions. Dandelion is a known diuretic, meaning that it helps increase the amount of water that is filtered through the kidneys, helping to filter out waste. It is also believed that the “bitter” qualities of the herb work to stimulate the liver by increasing bile flow and solubility, cleansing the liver of fatty acid deposits. Drinking dandelion tea over the course of three to four weeks is known to rejuvenate the connective tissue, improve liver function, and help with digestion.

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