👉 Tip #1: Do You Have “A List” Poops?  The following information is rated PG … What do your poops look like and what do they say about your health?   

The Bristol Stool Chart shows you the 7 most common types of poops and what they mean for your gut health.  (Because we medical professionals have nothing better to do than come up with embarrassing charts like these to whip out at a moment’s notice.) 

It is beyond the scope of this tip to discuss what it means in detail, but if your poop is not an A lister, it may mean that your gut health is not what it could be. It’s not really reaching it’s full potential.  It’s an under-achieving poop and is not doing it’s best to make you healthy.   More and more research points to the important role our gut bacteria plays in defining our health.  So if you have any digestive issues specifically or health concerns in general then identifying your creative output  on the poop chart is important.

If you aren’t on the A-list, it may be a good idea to discuss this with someone who cares.  Like a 7 year-old boy for starters.  Then maybe a doctor.  Usually only functional integrative doctors care about that sort of thing but give your bloke or blokette a try.  If they tell you to take miralax or eat more fiber then they aren’t up on the whole gut-bacteria-health connection.

What type of stools are best?  Read through and find out who the A-listers are at the “end” Click here to see the Bristol Stool Chart

Type 1: Separate hard lumps, like nuts.  Hard to pass. May cause bleeding and hemorrhoids. This is often due to a lack of healthy bacteria and may mean you’ve got some unruly bacteria in there making a mess of things.   May happen after antibiotics or on low fiber diets.

Type 2: Sausage-like but lumpy. This is a combo of Type 1 stools stuck into a single mass and lumped together by fiber and bacteria.  (I think I’m making myself nauseated.) This type is the most destructive type by far because its size can exceed the normal opening of the “exit” door. It can cause extreme straining and lead to anal fissures, hemorrhoidal prolapse, or diverticulosis.  (This just keeps getting better and better.)  Adding fiber to try to empty these stools is dangerous, because the fiber has no place to go, and may cause worsening problems.

Type 3: Like a sausage but with cracks in the surface. This form has all of the characteristics of Type 2 stools, but moves faster through the colon, between one and two weeks. Typical for “run of the mill” constipation and IBS.  Straining is required. All of the adverse effects typical for Type 2 stools are likely for type 3, especially the hemorrhoid issues.

Type 4: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft This form is normal for someone pooping once daily. The larger diameter suggests a longer transit time or a large amount of fiber in the diet.

Type 5: Soft blobs with clear-cut edges considered by some to be ideal. It is typical for a person who poops twice or three times daily, after major meals.  (I thought only puppies did this, but apparently you can too!!!)

Type 6: This form is close to the margins of comfort in several respects. And no one wants THAT!  First, it may be hard to control the urge, especially when you don’t have immediate access to a bathroom. Second, it is a rather messy affair to manage with toilet paper alone.  These kind of stools may suggest a slightly hyperactive colon (fast motility), or can indicate a hypersensitive personality prone to stress, too many spices, drinking water with a high mineral content, or the use of osmotic (mineral salts) laxatives.

Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces This, of course, is diarrhea and is generally NO BUENO.

And the award goes to…….. type 4, for their performance as “most likely to glide out without any fuss”.

These type of stools are the best for a few reasons:

  • The feeling you need to go is definite but not irresistible
  • Once you sit down on the toilet there is no delay
  • No conscious effort or straining is needed
  • The stool glides out smoothly and comfortably
  • Afterwards there is only a pleasant feeling of relief.  Like a day at the spa!

If you aren’t finding that type 4 is your stool, then speak with your healthcare provider to see what this may mean for and what you can do. If your provider tells you to just treat the symptoms with fiber or miralax, then they may not be up on the whole gut-health-poop-live your best life research.  Stay tuned for more tips on how to become a super, A-list pooper!

👉 Tip#2: The Best Non-Toxic Deodorant.  What better follow up tip to poops than deodorant brands?  Obviously this is a perfect follow-up….plus it’s funny.   Regarding “natural” deodorants, I have tried a million.  Well, maybe not a million, but at least 8. They kind of all “stink” if you get my drift.  And hopefully you will NOT be getting my drift.  But slathering your armpit with aluminum and toxic chemicals, an area that is by the way located right next to your breasts isn’t the best breast health idea.  Here’s the scoop……

Once you go down the rabbit hole of natural health and integrative medicine like me  (which is why I do these 2 tip Tuesdays because if I had a regular doctor job I wouldn’t have to go explaining what the heck I’m doing with my time) it’s difficult to “unsee” things.    You start to really examine everything you do in life.  What am I eating? How much am I sleeping? What quality air am I breathing?  What kind of chicken is this? (is it farm to table? and did the chicken have friends?) Am I meditating correctly? (or in my case “why aren’t you meditating!!!”) and what in the actual heck am I putting on my body? my hair? my face? my skin? my armpits?????

So, I’m here to take you down the rabbit hole for a second.

First thing to know is that you absorb ALL the chemicals you put on your skin directly into your body and eventually into your bloodstream.  How’s that for both frightening and annoying at the same time?  Given that there are things we do NOT wish to absorb into our organs, here are 7 common ingredients in deodorants and anti-perspirants that we may NOT want to put on our skin.

1. Aluminum– this stuff actually clogs your pores and prevents sweating. Fun fact: Aluminum exposure has been linked with getting Alzheimer’s disease and as an added bonus it also messes with your estrogen metabolism. When your body can’t process estrogen well, there’s a higher risk for breast and prostrate cancer.

2. Parabens– this chemical is used as a preservative.  Let me explain what a preservative is.  It is something that prevents living things from surviving.  Who wants THAT on your skin?  Sometimes parabens act as estrogen in your body, which is also linked to breast cancer and prostate cancer.

3. Steareths–I’m not entirely sure what this does for armpit sweat, but it is considered a carcinogen.

4. Triclosan–The FDA considers this a pesticide as it kills bacteria in the deodorant manufacturing process, AND murders the bacteria on your skin. Do you really want a murderous pesticide slathered on your body? When triclosan is mixed with water it can also make a gas called chloroform, as seen in Dick Tracy movies of the 40s. The one where a “dame” gets “chloroformed” as part of a kidnapping.  I may have made all of that up by the way but I feel like it’s vaguely true…the part about the movie. Not the other sciency part.

5. Propylene Glycol–this chemical can cause damage to your brain, heart and liver. It can irritate skin too. It’s just generally bad news.

6. TEA and DEA Triethanolamine (TEA) and diethanolamine (DEA) can absorb into your skin and attack your liver and kidneys. They have been banned in Europe because they are known carcinogens.

Footnote: If it’s banned in Europe it can’t be good.  I mean, let’s face it, Amsterdam has legalized pot and shrooms. And for emphasis I am now using Amsterdam to represent the whole of Europe to drive home a very important point. They aren’t exactly wusses.  So if they ban stuff we should take note.

7. Artificial Colors- this is self-explanatory.    If you don’t want to eat it, you don’t want to wear it either.

For those of you who skipped the whole explanation above and frankly missed out on the tremendous wit and run-on sentence structure because you are too busy for all of this meandering and attention deficit disorder stuff…..my favorite natural deodorant is SCHMIDT’s.  You can get it at Whole Foods. Target. I’m sure Amazon. Or order it from Thrive market online.  it’s got cool scents like lime and bergamot.  I thought that was a cool combo.  It’s not going to stop you from sweating like Richard Simmons at a kickboxing contest for the a 100 and over category, but it WILL prevent you from emptying out an elevator at work if you are of normal sweat capacity.  Give it a try.  It’s worth a shot to not be poisoned by your deodorant on a daily basis.  Plus your real friends will still love you anyway.

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