Your bowel movements say a lot about your digestive health, like whether there is enough fiber in your diet, if you may have developed a food intolerance or even whether parasites might be infecting your intestinal tract. TV’s Dr. Oz happens to be a proponent of checking your stools before you flush, for reasons such as these. Read More
It’s one of those topics we don’t bring up in polite conversations. In fact, most of us barely acknowledge it as a normal function of the human body, let alone discuss it. We’re talking here about poop, BM’s, doo-doo… or whatever cute or polite name we can give to human feces. Our embarrassment over bowel movements is really a shame because they happen to be the best indicator of your gastrointestinal health.
Whether they’re grown in your backyard or found in an exotic tropical locale, herbs have always played a vital role in the health and healing of mankind. Our ancient ancestors may not have known the scientific or medicinal properties of the herbs on which they relied, but they did know that certain herbs could bring down a fever, cure a cough, stop a spreading infection and so much more.
Modern research now knows that herbs can have a multitude of health benefits that may be as effective as the most potent pharmaceutical with the added benefit of being safe from synthetic chemicals.
“Stop cracking your knuckles. You’re going to get arthritis someday.” How many of us had moms who preached these words to us over and over when we were kids? Well, here’s some news. While mom may be right 99% of the time, on this particular topic she got it wrong.
Knuckle cracking may be annoying to the people sitting nearby, but when it comes to your joints, it does absolutely no harm.
Are you plagued by bloating...the feeling of being uncomfortably full with accompanying gassiness and a distended belly? This usually happens soon after eating and it’s not rare. Surprisingly, bloating affects one in ten Americans, interferes with work and social activities and causes millions of people to seek relief with over-the-counter medications to reduce the symptoms.
While bloating may be due to a number of factors, let’s take a look at some common and not so common culprits and how they might be causing or adding to the problem.
It’s spring cleaning time, and at Blessed Herbs it’s also cleansing time ―the perfect opportunity to detoxify your digestive tract from a winter’s worth of hardened waste material and toxic residue that can negatively impact your overall health.
Let’s get ready for a glorious spring and summer by looking at eight foods that not only help you detoxify, but provide abundant nutrients to keep you healthy and energized.
What are you doing to keep your digestive tract healthy and toxin free? If you’re like many people, you’ve turned to colon hydrotherapy, also called colonic irrigation, to remove built up fecal matter and help to restore comfortable bowel movements.
If you’re new to colon hydrotherapy, here’s a brief overview.
It’s happened to all of us. You’re sitting in a quiet office or maybe at a meeting when suddenly your belly is determined to get your attention. How? By making embarrassing noises you’re sure everyone within ear shot can hear.
Why does this happen and is there anything you can do about it?Whether it’s rumbling, gurgling, growling or a higher pitched wail, digestive noises are typically associated with food, or a lack thereof. For instance, after a meal your digestive tract has a lot of work to do. Food, liquid and air is making its way from your stomach to your intestines. Your stomach may grumble or growl as it secretes acid and enzymes while using its strong muscles to physically break food down into a pulpy mass and push it through to the small intestines.
If you’ve ever suffered a bout of constipation you know how unpleasant it is. Gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort and hard painful stools are a few of the more common symptoms that accompany constipation. While the symptoms are difficult to cope with, one big question remains… is constipation dangerous to your health?
You know the feeling. You’ve eaten a large meal and soon after you’re experiencing sharp pains or cramps in the abdominal area, bloating around the midsection and voluntary or involuntary passing of gas or belching. These are the symptoms of a buildup of gas in the digestive tract that are usually caused by one of the following:
- Undigested food reaching the large intestine
- Swallowing air while eating or drinking
- Eating gas-producing foods like broccoli, cabbage, beans, prunes and carbonated soft drinks