The One Love Breakfast Show

The One Love Breakfast Show BCFm 93.2fm – monthly health talks – Follow Danielle every month whilst she discusses  nutrition and gives plenty of health tips to help improve your diet and digestion.

 


 

 

Friday 6th March 2015 – How healthy is your stool?

 

The Bristol Stool Chart 1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_stool_scale

 

The Bristol stool scale or Bristol stool chart is a medical aid designed to classify the form of human faeces into seven categories. Sometimes referred to in the UK as the “Meyers scale”,[1] it was developed by Dr. Ken Heaton at the University of Bristol and was first published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology in 1997.[2] The authors of that paper concluded that the form of the stool is a useful surrogate measure of colon transit time. That conclusion has since been challenged as having limited validity, and only in types 1 and 2 when the subject is not constipated.[3] However, it remains in use as a research tool to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for various diseases of the bowel, as well as a clinical communication aid.

The seven types of stool are:

  • Type 1: Separate hard lumps, like nuts (hard to pass)
  • Type 2: Sausage-shaped, but lumpy
  • Type 3: Like a sausage but with cracks on its surface
  • Type 4: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft
  • Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges (passed easily)
  • Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
  • Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces, entirely liquid

Types 1–2 indicate constipation, with 3 and 4 being the ideal stools (especially the latter), as they are easy to defecate while not containing any excess liquid, and 5, 6 and 7 tending towards diarrhoea.

Looking at your stools tells you a lot about your health.  It is important to check regularly and make yourself aware of the Bristol Stool Chart.

 

WHAT DOES THE COLOUR OF YOUR STOOL MEAN?

 

http://www.mayoclinic.org/stool-color/expert-answers/faq-20058080

 

Stool color What it may mean Possible dietary causes
Green Food may be moving through the large intestine too quickly, such as due to diarrhea. As a result, bile doesn’t have time to break down completely. Green leafy vegetables, green food coloring, such as in flavored drink mixes or ice pops, iron supplements.
Light-colored, white or clay-colored A lack of bile in stool. This may indicate a bile duct obstruction. Certain medications, such as large doses of bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol) and other anti-diarrheal drugs.
Yellow, greasy, foul-smelling Excess fat in the stool, such as due to a malabsorption disorder, for example, celiac disease. Sometimes the protein gluten, such as in breads and cereals. But see a doctor for evaluation.
Black Bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract, such as the stomach. Iron supplements, bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol), black licorice.
Bright red Bleeding in the lower intestinal tract, such as the large intestine or rectum, often from hemorrhoids. Red food coloring, beets, cranberries, tomato juice or soup, red gelatin or drink mixes.

 

Trying a course of colonic hydrotherapy treatments to detoxify the body and promote bowel movements, coupled with improving your diet so it’s rich in vegetables (especially greens), fruit, beans, berries and seeds is a great way to improve bowel function and your health.

 

 


 

 

Friday 5th December – WHAT WE HAVE EVOLVED TO EAT

I just wanted to give a summary of what we have evolved to eat.  This can give people an idea of why the foods we eat today are causing many diseases like, obesity, heart disease and cancer etc…..

‘Around 3.75 to 3. Million years ago (descendants of modern humans) ate fruit and vegetation, insects and possibly small animals.

Their diet was varied, three hundred different species of plants, insects and animals on the menu.  This diet was rich in protein and nutrient dense foods including fat.

 Note – the early human digestive system had become adapted to this type of diet over millions of years of primate evolution.’

‘About 2.5 to 2 million years ago our human ancestors started to use tools to scrape and cut animal meat.  They obtained bone marrow and the brains of animals.  The addition of more meat and protein ensured our brains tripled the size making us the sophisticated animals that we are today’.

‘Over time around 1.8 to 1.6 million years ago, our late ancestors had a fantastic varied diet compared to most primates.  Fruit, leaves, nuts, wild plants, hunted and scavenge meat.

Note – Our late ancestors would travel for hours even days to forage and hunt for food’.  They were moving constantly to hunt for food.

‘Between 500,000 to 180,000 years ago as our late ancestors grew to be intelligent hunters so the human population grew.  They began to settle and bring back food to camp, sharing and bartering for food.’

‘Our own species Homo sapiens evolved by 40,000 years ago during Stone Age they looked almost like we do now. Except they were leaner, fitter and barely any signs of tooth decay.  They continued to forage for vegetation, fruit, and nuts and hunted wild animals.

As time went on the human population grew and the animals we hunted became extinct and Stone Age man for one reason or another began to grow food from seeds for the harsh winters.  By 10,000 years ago they kept wild animals as pets and use them for food.’

‘Within just 200 – 300 years ago man had cultivated three to seven core grains which were chosen not for nutritional value but because they were easy to grow, harvest and store.’

‘Then we have the Agricultural Revolution – around 12,000 – 10,000 years ago, hunter gatherers became farmers.  The Agricultural Revolution occurred.  Cereal grains were adopted as a staple diet and animals became domesticated.  These was a mere 500 generations ago, barely enough time for genetic changes to keep pace. ‘

‘In the natural work evolutionary adaptations take millions of years to evolve yet with humans and our higher intelligence, we have fast forwarded our cultural evolution.  However our genetic and physical bodies have not had a chance to catch up.

Our bodies are trying to cope with a diet of modern foods which they have not adequately evolved to cope with.

This is why it is believed that humans are suffering the so-called disease of civilization – including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, food allergies, food intolerances, eating disorders and so on……’

If we tried to eat more of a clean natural diet people would feel healthier and live longer.  It’s obviously difficult to eat like our late ancestors in many ways as we now live in a very acidic environment.

However, keeping away from processed, convenience foods high in sugar, saturated fat and salt is a great start.  Eating more organic lean protein, fruit, vegetables with nuts and seeds on a daily basis will help keep us healthier and help try and prevent diseases.

 

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31st October 2014 – Water/Hydration 

 

Drinking more water will result in you having more energy, better brain function, regular bowel movements, lessen the urge to overeat, aid the removal of toxins and much more…

Some top tips and reasons to stay hydrated

  • The body is made up of around 70% water – your brain for example is 95% water.  We need to keep it hydrated so it performs effectively.  Your colon also desperately needs water for waste removal, otherwise people can get terribly constipated.  Another reason to drink more.


  • We need to consume between 2 – 3 litres per day.  You need to drink this slowly over the course of the day. Forgetting and then downing a few pints puts a lot of pressure on the kidneys and it’ll will end up being sent straight to the bladder for evacuation.  


  • It is important to drink tepid water (room temperature).  Tepid water has been found to be more hydrating as the body finds it hard to absorb cold water.  Really cold water also messes with your body’s temperature (homeostasis) which effects your bodily functions in a negative way.


  • It is important to try and not drink 30 minutes to 1 hour before, during and after a meal.  Drinking at meal times messes with your digestion.  As your body is so clever, even when it smells food it starts to produce gastric juices to help with digestion.   If water is present this dilutes your digestive juices preventing the body from breaking down food particles effectively and could result is excessive gas, cramping and bloating.

 

  • If you don’t like the taste of water try it with squeeze of lemon, lime or oranges, this will add a little flavour.


  • Finally – if you forget to drink water.  Until you form a habit and you have trained your body to naturally desire it.  Set yourself reminders on your phone every hour to have a glass of tepid water.

 

DRINK MORE WATER AND YOUR BODY WILL DO THE REST!