Oh darn! Time again for those New Year’s Resolutions – well, coincidentally, January just happens to be “Healthy Weight Management Month”. Very clever, don’t you think?
It’s no big secret that being overweight, not exercising enough or consuming too many industrial food calories may be contributing factors to poor health conditions and that in the United States poor health attributable to obesity is driving up health care costs and expenditures. According to the CDC, in 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated to be as high as $147 billion.
However, I’m not posting today to lecture anyone about their weight. Though I am going to encourage one and all to be healthy. And one of the more useful strategies for maintaining healthy weight and shedding pounds is to support a healthy bowel.
Nobody wants to talk about the “C” word (constipation), yet having regular bowel movements is very important to the overall health and well-being of all creatures with digestive systems. There are many laxative products on the market which can be harsh and cause discomfort.
The more gentle choice is to go au naturel. Choose an herbal formula that supports and promotes timely, relaxed elimination. And a diet richer in fresh fruits, vegetable, whole grains and high quality protein supports a healthy digestive system and the bowels.
Tip: Don’t call dieting ‘losing weight’, ‘cause whenever you lose something, there’s a good chance you’re going to find it again.)