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While it’s not something many of us talk freely about, your stools—their appearance and frequency—say a lot about you!
The state of your stool can give you some clues about:
In 1997, a researcher and professor at the University of Bristol named Kenneth Heaton created the Bristol stool scale. Heaton and his colleagues suggested that stool size and consistency are two useful ways to measure transit time.
Paying attention to your stool can give you important clues about your health. Your stool transit time reflects the health of your digestive tract and can even indicate the presence of infection.
Transit time describes the amount of time it takes accumulated waste to move through the intestinal tract. One of the most important factors that affects transit time is your inner ecosystem—or the communities of microbes living in the small and large intestine.
According to the Bristol stool scale, healthy elimination is:
Small, hard lumps or cracked, lumpy stool are signs of constipation—or slow transit time. Even if you have a bowel movement every day, you may be slightly constipated if your stool is released in small, hard lumps.
Watery stool with undigested bits of food or stool that is released in small, formless blobs is classified as diarrhea—and this indicates fast transit time. If you have fast transit time and eliminate multiple times a day, but your stool is well-formed, you do not have diarrhea.
Chinese medicine and the language used in Chinese medicine give us a little more insight into stool analysis. For example, just like the Body Ecology Diet uses the principles of Expansion and Contraction to understand the nature of food, Chinese medicine uses the principles of excess and emptiness to understand the body.
Constipation that is the result of excess is accompanied by other signs of heat within the body. This includes:
Another sign of excess is when stools are difficult to pass—this is a sure sign that the liver is congested.
When the liver is congested and when the bowels are congested with signs of heat, it is a good time to cleanse. We also recommend herbs that support the liver and healthy elimination, like milk thistle, wasabi, artichoke leaf, and sarsaparilla.
Constipation that is the result of emptiness or deficiency is accompanied by signs of coldness. In this case, the body doesn’t have the energy that it needs to fully eliminate.
Signs of coldness with constipation include:
An example of a condition that often involves constipation with emptiness is hypothyroidism, when the thyroid is underactive and the body’s metabolism suffers.
This would be a good time to nourish the body with restorative, nutrient-dense foods like bone broth, full-fat dairy kefir, and even Chinese herbs that rebuild your energy reserves, such as Activate the Qi.
Like constipation, you will see signs of heat with diarrhea if there is excess, and it’s time to cleanse.
These signs of heat with loose stools include:
Parasites, food poisoning, and Crohn’s disease are examples of diarrhea related to excess in the body. In this case, it is important to remove common dietary irritants like wheat gluten, milk casein, and added sugar. Foods that both cool and rebuild the lining of the gut are key.
We recommend coconut water kefir, which is cooling and soothing to the intestinal tract. We also recommend Vitality SuperGreen, which contains herbs that specifically support intestinal health and stop inflammation.
When the body runs low on energy or is chronically exhausted, loose stools or diarrhea will be accompanied by signs of emptiness. Sometimes this exhaustion is constitutional. This means it begins in childhood, and there are also signs of a weak immune system, like frequent infections.
Diarrhea with signs of emptiness include:
When the stools are loose and watery with other signs of emptiness, it’s important to think long-term and choose a lifestyle that supports digestive health.
Working with principles of food combining or the Body Ecology Principle of 80/20 sets you up for digestive success, meal after meal. In addition to eating nutrient-dense foods, we also suggest gently rebounding on a mini trampoline. This can improve the circulation of lymph fluid, generate energy, and rebuild the Earth element, which in Chinese medicine is responsible for digestive health.
The state of your stool is a great indicator of your internal health. There are four important stool guidelines you can use to measure your health:
Kefir has many benefits, including better digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It has been known for thousands of years for its anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties.
Kefir is an ancient cultured food, rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Kefir means "feel good" in Turkish, and that's just how you'll feel after drinking a glass in the morning! Easy and fun to make at home, it is superior to commercial yogurt. An absolute must after antibiotic use!
Unlike yogurt, kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract and is simple and fun to make at home. To make kefir: Mix one packet with 1 quart of warm milk, cover and set at room temperature for 18-24 hours. Refrigerate and enjoy!
Each packet yields 1 quart of kefir, and can be reused up to 7 times. This means you can create 10 ½ gallons of kefir from one box!
What makes Vitality SuperGreen different from all the other green drinks on the market today? It’s the very alkalizing formula - the fermented algae blend, red marine blend, intestinal support blend and fermented green veggies —specially created by Donna Gates—that soothes and is very healing to the gut lining. A generous amount of nutrient-rich elements like L-glutamine, FOS from chicory inulin, GMO-free Sunflower Lecithin, and aloe vera extract (200:1) help establish and maintain a healthy inner ecosystem. We’ve spared no cost in blending together an extraordinary spectrum (or life force) of fermented algae and cereal grasses, fermented green veggies, enzymes, probiotics and food-based supplements providing you the highest quality fermented green drink on the market today.
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