Your Health Analysis: Part One
by Jessica Smalls on January 26, 2012 at 02:27 PM EST

I’ve been running a promotion with The Green Way Wellness & Education Centre, where interested individuals complete my online Health Analysis and receive a link to 50% off my first book Lifestyle Change Made Easy as well as a free quote for an individualized herbal program.  This week I would like to introduce everyone to just how the Health Analysis works.  It is a very important diagnostic tool for me in my practice, and I believe in transparency in business, so you can all be the first to know the ins and outs.

The Health Analysis allows me to see an overall picture of a clients’ wellness.  It does not contain questions regarding syndromes or disorders, as they are questions I get into with clients that show serious interest in taking their health on.  There are many more diagnostic questionnaires I utilize, this is simply my first line of defense.  Some of the questions are opinion driven, such as Do you have as much energy as you would like to have?  I am looking for opinion here because there is no concrete way to measure the amount of energy a person feels throughout a day, and more importantly no standardized way to determine how much energy we have left at the end of the day.   However, there is a way to tell if you are overdoing things, or if “things” have you overdone.  Take a look in a mirror.  You are looking for dark circles around your eyes.  If you need concealer there ladies, then your answer is clear.  Dark circles under the eyes indicate kidney weakness in Chinese Medicine.  The adrenal glands are located on top of each kidney and are similarly affected.  Here is some comprehensive information regarding adrenal burnout, as it is serious and very real.

Other questions in the analysis are more straight forward, for instance Do you have body odor or bad breath?  If you find yourself thinking, “so what, everyone does,”  stop it.  Not everyone does.  Bad breath is a sign of many different things, like gum disease, tooth decay, improper cleansing of the mouth and tongue, and trapped and putrefied food in esophagus, nasal passages or tonsils.  One reason for bad breath I have ascertained from research over the years, and subsequently am unable to find that information now, is the bowels.  When the bowels are blocked or not moving freely, they utilize the lungs as a helper organ to eliminate toxins when all other more obvious routes (kidneys, sweat glands, etc) have failed.  If you have bad breath and have tried everything to make it better to no avail…try addressing your bowels.

I must share some information about the bowels and the matter that is expelled.  We all have our own ways of referring to stool, however, many of us have never been education about what the characteristics of healthy stools are.  If you don’t want to know, read no further.  If you are interested in a really quick way to assess what’s going on inside you, read on!

Type 3 and 4 are considered normal, 1 and 2 are considered constipated, and 5, 6 and 7 are considered diarrhea.  This is only the beginning.  To truly assess your stool you need to consider the consistency, which is what the Bristol Stool Chart above refers to, the color and the frequency.  The chart below will assist you with any concerns regarding color and the following information will assist you in increasing, or decreasing the frequency of your bowel movements.  For additional information check out The Scoop on Poop.

Public health centers like the Mayo Clinic, consider normal frequency of bowel movements to range from 3 times per week to 3 times per day.  I believe this may be the normal range for the population at large, however it is in no way a healthy frequency of bowel movements.  A healthy frequency actually equals the number of times you eat a meal, and this should range from at least 1 to 3 times per day.  Us holistic practitioners would like to hear 2-3 times per day.

There are many things we can do to address the frequency, color and consistency of bowel movements.  For more in-depth information, Healthy or Unhealthy Stool has a great wealth of information and links to even more.

As always, if you have any questions, inbox me or comment here.

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  • Gregory Laporte

    great read Jessica

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