Should our pee be clear or gold (and should it smell)?

In yesterday’s post, I talked about how to watch our poop for signs of health.

Today, let’s talk about pee (and how we can watch our health without needing a doctor).

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Let’s talk about poop

Lincoln log, dirt, shit, turd, doo-doo, dropping, dung, excrement, excreta, ordure, poop, scat, slops, soil, waste, dookie, scheisse, poo-poo, brownies. – I know… all embarrassing words that mean poop.

Disgusting, right?

However:

I closely watch my poop for signs of poor health. I find our bodies are WAY better at helping us watch our health than any physician.

Poop includes waste products that are eliminated from our body. It may include undigested food particles, bacteria, salts, and other substances.

Apparently, our poop comes in 7 basic “types”. And there is even a scientific definition of our bowel movements…

Specifically, the Bristol stool scale (a.k.a. the Bristol stool chart, Bristol stool form scale, or BSF scale) help us diagnose our wellbeing.

Type 1 is several hard lumps. This might warn us about being constipated.

Type 2 is lumpy and sausage like. This might indicate slight constipation.

Type 3 is a sausage shape with cracks in the surface. This is known as normal.

Type 4 looks like a snake. This is normal and healthy.

Type 5 is soft blobs with clear-cut edges. This might indicate that our diet is low in fiber.

Type 6 has a mushy consistency with ragged edges. This might indicate that our body is inflamed.

Type 7 has a liquid consistency (a.k.a. diarrhea). This might indicate that we are dehydrated and/or inflamed.

Quite frankly, I do not use any stool scales to figure out my health.

Instead, I prefer the “wipe test”. That is, if my second wipe is clean, I am in good health. Thus, more than 2 wipes are a sign of bad health.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post – it is all about pee.

STUNNING FACTOID: report claims more than 8 out of 10 vegans quit

As I quickly approach my 52nd birthday, I continue to be thrown off the path on what makes for the perfect diet.

I continue to bitch about this to my family – that there is a supercomputer sandwiched between glass and metal (a smartphone)… yet no one can figure out what is truly healthy to eat.

One way I figure out the right way to eat is to leverage what other people have tried, measured and tested.

And then I stumbled upon this: 84% of vegetarians and vegans fall off the wagon and return to eating meat.

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Is this the absolute best way to cook bacon?

Hey bacon lovers… rejoice!

This food blog went nuts and decided to test many different ways to cook bacon the right way:

We put six popular methods to the test, because we had to know: Which way is better than all the others? You can thank us later for consuming only bacon for two days. Of note, we used the same brand of supermarket-accessible bacon at room temperature for each method, as a control.

This blog claims the best way to cook bacon is:

If you love bacon with some good chew and crispiness around the edges, opt for baking it in the oven on a rimmed sheet pan with no parchment lining. (Or, if you’re very concerned about minimizing clean-up and don’t mind a little waviness, go ahead and line it.)

If, like me, all you care about is that classic bacon-y flavor and you don’t care about appearance, go cast iron skillet on the stovetop.

If you’re after super crispy, flat bacon, nonstick’s going to be your best friend.

I am not so sure I agree. And I am not alone… take a look at what they are saying about making bacon in the comment section here.

SHOCKING: cholesterol is good for us (no matter what doctors say)

On this blog, I talk a lot about cholesterol myths.

Because once we understand that cholesterol has nothing to do with heart disease, we can make better health choices.

Uffe Ravnskov (an independent researcher who pays for his research with his own money) wrote this nifty post dispelling the myths of cholesterol.

Here is a quick summary of his findings on the truth about cholesterol:

People with high cholesterol live the longest.

Cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance vital to the cells of all mammals.

High or low levels of good and bad cholesterol have nothing to do with heart disease.

Our body produces three to four times more cholesterol than we eat. So dietary cholesterol has almost no influence on whether we get heart disease.

Scientific studies show there is no evidence that too much animal fat and cholesterol in the diet promotes atherosclerosis or heart attacks.

Neither heart mortality or total mortality has been improved with cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Fact: modern cholesterol-lowering drugs disturb the functions of the muscles, the heart and the brain. Even worse, pregnant women taking statins may give birth to children with malformations more severe than those seen after thalidomide.

Many scientific journals ignore these facts and continue to push lies about cholesterol causing heart disease.

The media and press are complicit in covering up the truth about cholesterol. Why? Because drug companies are usually their biggest advertiser.

Punchline: The healthiest people I know enjoy a diet focused only on eating nutrient-dense foods. And these foods are (usually) high in cholesterol. I never count calories or fret about foods high in dietary cholesterol. And I am in the best shape of my life right now.