Some people think it's gross, I know. But when it comes to gut health, talking about bowel movements becomes a necessity.
Your stool can give you important information about the health of your intestines, so paying attention to your stool is important when working on getting rid of pesky digestive issues, like the excess gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation, all symptoms that we commonly see at Oswald Digestive Clinic.
In case your eyes haven't veered over yet, I'd like to draw your attention to the poop chart below, 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 (you 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.
Below, I talk about 3 Root Causes of Poor Gut Health. At the end of this article, I will share more information about what you can do to improve your gut health, which often improves the enjoyment of life.
#1 The Standard American Diet
Did you know that there is research showing that an anti-inflammatory diet can result in improvement in Inflammatory Bowel Disease? We have seen this over and over at Oswald Digestive clinic.
Further, there is research showing that a Mediterranean diet can reduce pain and increase physical function for those struggling with rheumatoid arthritis. I even have a client who was able to cut her medication to 1/5 of what it was, with using complimentary nutrition therapy (functional nutrition, which is what we practice at Oswald Digestive Clinic)!