Credit: iStock.com/hotka Understanding your stools—also known as poop—can help you understand exactly what is going on within your digestive system. You may be justifiably quite startled to see a different color than the common brown, such as an orange stool. What is the healthiest poop color? A healthy bowel movement is one in which your stool (poop) is well-formed, soft, easily passed, medium brown in color, and has an “S” or “C” shape. Any brown shade will often indicate a healthy stool with no digestive or diet problems. What about other stool colors? Red commonly indicates hemorrhoids; black could be bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract; green often means food is moving through the colon too quickly, possibly from diarrhea; and yellow, greasy, and foul-smelling stools can be due to excess fat in the stool, possibly from a malabsorption problem like celiac disease. However, while some colors suggest a potential health issue, an orange … [Read more...] about What Causes Orange Stool?
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Credit: iStock.com/hotka Understanding your stools—also known as poop—can help you understand exactly what is going on within your digestive system. You may be justifiably quite startled to see a different color than the common brown, such as an orange stool. What is the healthiest poop color? A healthy bowel movement is one in which your stool (poop) is well-formed, soft, easily passed, medium brown in color, and has an “S” or “C” shape. Any brown shade will often indicate a healthy stool with no digestive or diet problems. What about other stool colors? Red commonly indicates hemorrhoids; black could be bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract; green often means food is moving through the colon too quickly, possibly from diarrhea; and yellow, greasy, and foul-smelling stools can be due to excess fat in the stool, possibly from a malabsorption problem like celiac disease. However, while some colors suggest a potential health issue, an orange … [Read more...] about What Are the Reasons for Orange Stool?
Fate can take strange forms, and so perhaps it does not seem unusual that Captain Charles Moore found his life's purpose in a nightmare. Unfortunately, he was awake at the time, and 800 miles north of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean.It happened on August 3, 1997, a lovely day, at least in the beginning: Sunny. Little wind. Water the color of sapphires. Moore and the crew of Alguita, his 50-foot aluminum-hulled catamaran, sliced through the sea.Returning to Southern California from Hawaii after a sailing race, Moore had altered Alguita's course, veering slightly north. He had the time and the curiosity to try a new route, one that would lead the vessel through the eastern corner of a 10-million-square-mile oval known as the North Pacific subtropical gyre. This was an odd stretch of ocean, a place most boats purposely avoided. For one thing, it was becalmed. "The doldrums," sailors called it, and they steered clear. So did the ocean's top predators: the tuna, sharks, and other large fish … [Read more...] about Our Oceans are Turning Into Plastic . . . Are We?
What it does: Vitamin A is an antioxidant, and it’s also essential to maintaining low light and color vision, mucus membranes (which help to protect your body from disease), and skin cells.Why you might need it: People with higher levels of vitamin A report a lower risk of lung cancer, though the benefits didn’t extend to supplements—only to those who made foods with vitamin A an integral part of their diet. Where to get it: Kale, carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes are great sources of beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Most multivitamins also contain vitamin A, or you can take it on its own. Too much can be toxic, and guidelines by the Institute of Medicine say not to supplement with more than 10,000 IU per day.$18 for 100 ct. of 8,000 IU, Amazon.comIf you're looking to max out your vitamin intake, check out our Best Multivitamins for Men.What it does: Acetyl L-carnitine is a form of the amino acid L-carnitine, which moves fatty acids into … [Read more...] about Men’s Health Supplement Guide
A Discovery In 1952, when my twin brother John and I first emerged into the world by cesarean section, our exhausted mother took one glance at our minuscule nether regions and cried out bittersweetly: "It's a...boys!"Manhood, on a philosophical level, transcends mere flesh, inhabiting instead the mind and soul. But the mind and soul are not where new parents look for the leading indicator of their baby's fate. With the debatable exception of wisdom teeth, most body parts are important, but very few are definingly so. The penis, testicles, epididymis, and prostate—"male reproductive organs" to the high-minded, "privates" to the polite, and endless trendy variations on "package" or "junk" to our buddies—these items are the embodiment of maleness.I can't speak for John, but as far back as I remember I've been fascinated with, and more than occasionally appalled by, my own urogenital organs. On the "uro" side of this elegant system, I've managed to live unremarkably so farno … [Read more...] about Your Privates: The Complete Instructions
Kidney stones are solid deposits of minerals and salts that have crystallized together in the kidneys. Usually, the fluid in urine prevents waste products from coming into contact with each other. Kidney stones begin to form when there is not enough fluid or too much solid waste content in the urine. Though most kidney stones develop in the kidneys, they can form anywhere in the urinary tract. According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in 10 people in the United States develop a kidney stone during their lifetime. The risk of kidney stones is 19 percent for men and 9 percent for women. Most men experience their first kidney stone after the age of 30. Researchers still are not exactly sure how and why kidney stones occur, although they are one of the oldest medical conditions known to affect humans. Dehydration is considered the largest risk factor for kidney stones. However, certain foods and various lifestyle habits can increase the risk of developing stones. People who suspect … [Read more...] about Eleven ways to help prevent kidney stones
Credit: iStock.com/kusska Like most homeopathic remedies, thuja has a deep and fascinating history. It is among the homeopathic remedies made from a tree used medicinally by Native Americans. The Native Americans referred to thuja as arbor vitae, and the term arborvitaes comes from the Latin term that translates as “tree of life.” As a result, the Natives used thuja for everything that helped preserve life, including menstrual problems, fevers, coughs, headaches, and muscle and joint pain. As a homeopathic remedy, thuja is also useful for memory loss, obesity, bladder and prostate problems, skin conditions, breast cancer, uterine tumors, and respiratory issues. It may also help when an illness results from a vaccination. This article will detail everything you need to know about homeopathic thuja, including its interesting history, along with its various health benefits and uses. There are five species of thuja. Two are native to North America, while three others … [Read more...] about Homeopathic Thuja: Facts, Health Benefits, and Uses
Intermittent Fasting, Detox, Cleanses Should you be trying it? I get asked frequently, “So, what do you think about cleansing, detox or intermittent eating?” Without going into detail right now about what each one is…. Here is my response: I think if you do not know what you are doing, why you are doing it and the risks/side effects involved, then you can do more harm than good. For some people and at the right time they can be a useful tool as part of a healthy way of life. But most people want to start with a cleanse or a detox or dive right into intermittent eating and this I do not support. Do I think that everyone should be trying these methods? No, I don’t and here is why: If you are eating the Standard American Crap Food Diet, you don’t need to start with intermittent eating or fasting or cleansing. Three reasons why you should not start your dietary changes with a detox, cleanse or intermittent eating. Because you need … [Read more...] about Detox, Cleanse and Intermittent eating: Should you being trying these?