Probably most people would say no and not do anything about it. Some people might say yes and might actually be healthy. I know I am not healthy by my own standards but the average person would look at me and my lifestyle and probably say I am healthy. Look over some of these questions and consider for yourself, am I healthy? Do I want to be healthy? What do I have to do to become healthy?
My personal standards. If you cannot answer yes to each of these questions it is time to get some support. These are basic health signs and if not maintained for a length of time can lead to more serious issues.
- Do you have at least one solid bowel movement a day?
- Is your urine pale yellow or lighter?
- Are you able to comfortably walk 5 miles in a single day?
- Are you able to find one moment of happiness each day?
These are quite simple, looking at your digestive system, detoxification system and hydration level, musculoskeletal health, and mental health. It is easy to get into details and go deeper but were you able to answer yes to all four of those?
Constipation is so common in the United States that many individuals think it is normal to have only one bowel movement a week. Sorry folks, that is constipation. Constipation can lead to a variety of short term symptoms such as gas, bloating, and local inflammation. Long term however this inflammation can lead to leaky gut syndrome, GERD, ulcerative cholitis, and many other painful and not fun conditions of the digestive tract. Get yourself poopin! Simple tips for this include:
- Eating more fruits and vegetables
- Moving your hip region more (get a ball to sit on at your desk)
- Stand up rather than sit down
- Drink more water and less coffee/tea/soda (dark colored liquids)
Continue on to our next post for our discussion the other three basic health standards listed above: urination, movement, and finding happiness every day.
Jillian Carnrick, founder and manager of The Dancing Herbalist, has a Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine, practices as a nutritionist, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Is Medicine Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine. Join her for live classes in The Dancing Herbalist’s home herbalist courses online for more learning opportunities or work one-on-one with Jillian with her wellness and herbal consultations.