What is your Poo, Saying to You?

Some people think it's gross, I know. But when it comes to digestive health, talking about our bowel movements becomes a necessity. Our stool can give us some great information about the health of our intestines, so paying attention to our stool is important when working on getting rid of pesky digestive issues, like the gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation I commonly see in my practice.

In case your eyes haven't veered over yet, I'd like to draw your attention to the poop chart on your right, otherwise known as the Bristol Stool Chart.

In this chart, poop is categorized into seven categories. Type 1, on the top, is a sign of major constipation (we should be having 1-3 bowel movements daily!) And at the other extreme, type 7 is a sign of diarrhea. The ideal types? Number 3 and 4. Chinese Medicine describes the perfect poo as a long, easy to pass snake.

If you are not a type 3 or 4, there can be a variety of root causes affecting your digestive health. As Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine one said, "All Disease Begins in the Gut". I encourage you to start paying attention to what types of stool you are having.

Health is so important in allowing us to continue doing the things we love to do in life right up until it's our time to pass on. Getting our digestion to be strong and healthy is without question one of the best ways to maintain and even improve quality of life, while preventing chronic diseases.

If you don't fall into the type 3 or 4 category, and you'd like to learn what you can do to get there, don't hesitate to send me an email at ashley@ashleyoswald.com. I'd love to work with you to create a personalize nutrition plan to get your digestive tract healthy again, with the ultimate goal to prevent disease and improve your quality of life for years to come.

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