Asking some important questions about your bowel movements might give you some insight into your gastrointestinal health. Bowel movements are the end result of your body taking the nutrients it needs from the food you eat and eliminating what’s left.
1. HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR STOOL?
Most of us don’t really see what we left behind in the toilet, but just flush it down. In today’s article we will discuss how just a glimpse at the stool we can understand our health status. Knowing this can save your life.
2. TEXTURES OF POOP
Separate hard lumps, like nuts
This indicates that you need to drink more water and consume more fruits and vegetables. You need more fiber and fluids.
Sausage-shaped, smooth and soft
This is a good sign.
Watery, no solid pieces, all liquid
A case of diarrhea. There is a big chance infection caused this occurrence. It is advisable to drink more fluids so you can replace the lost ones, if not you might face dehydration.
Sausage- shaped but lumpy
You should consume more fluids and fiber, such a case is not serious.
Soft blobs with clear-cut edges
If you visit the bathroom multiple times for this reason, it is totally normal.
Sausage-shaped but with cracks on surface
Even though this occurrence is normal, it is advisable to consume more water.
Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
This type of stool is on the edge of normal, it is on its way to become diarrhea.
Soft and sticks to the side of the toilet bowl
Because of too much oil, the body can’t absorb the fats properly.
3. SHADE OF POOP
The natural color should be brown due to the bile produced in your liver. It means you are doing fine.
This might be the case if you eat too much green leafy veggies or green food coloring. The food might be going through your large intestine too quickly.
This is an indication of excess fat. His is because of malabsorption disorder like celiac disease.
Black stool can be a sign of ulcer or cancer and it indicate that you are bleeding internally. The reason can be numerous; it might be the case of some vitamins that contain iron or bismuth subsalicylate. But either way you should definitely see a doctor.
Light-colored, white or clay-colored
This could mean a bile duct obstruction. It is probably a case of some medication you’re taking. It is advisable to see a doctor.
Blood-stained or red
If you see blood in your poop, it can be a symptom of cancer. See a doctor if you find blood in your stool.
4. QUICK FACTS ABOUT POOP
- The food you consume usually takes 1-3 days from the time you eat it till it ends up in your poop.
- Poop is made up of bacteria, undigested food, dead cells, and mucus.
- Healthy poop sinks slowly.
- How often should you poop?
There is no number that indicates how much times you need to relieve yourself in the bathroom. It is most usual for people to go 1-2 a day.
How to keep poop healthy?
Dietary fiber can help you in case of problems with the stool.
The proper hydration helps ensure your colon is slippery enough for the poop to move through.
If you notice some symptoms out of the ordinary in your poop, and they persist then you should visit your doctor.
We must pay attention to what our body is telling us.