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Your Poop Is A Window Into Your Health

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February 7, 2017 at 7:46 AM

When should you look more into your poop?


Talking about your poop is often an awkward but important subject.Since your waste products are the last point of your digestive system, you can gain valuable insight by examining your feces. The toilet bowl is a petri dish that should be inspected for inconsistencies that can provide valuable insight into your gastrointestinal health.

Remember to slow down and look down.

Lorna Regular Girl Prebiotic Fiber Probiotic Health.jpgBowel movements are the final stage of your digestive process and the elimination of waste after your body absorbs the nutrients it requires from your food. The evaluation of what is considered to be a “normal” bowel movement may vary from person to person, but there are some factors to keep in mind when examining your stool. To keep a healthy digestive system, be sure to eat well and consume enough prebiotics, probiotics and fiber, which can be found in Lorna's Regular Girl.

Probiotic bacteria are essential for your gut health because they help your digestive system maintain a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria to help your digestion. Often when we have unhealthy diets, expose our guts to environmental toxins, or take antibiotics, we put the healthy balance of bacteria at risk.

Now, let’s talk dirty.

Frequency 

Depending on your body, you should be dropping the number twos anywhere from once every few days to three times a day. There is no solid number of times that you should aim for; rather, you should be going at a rate that is comfortable for you. If you feel that the frequency of your bathroom trips are too often or rare, you should look more into your poop.

Color

The healthy color for feces is brown due to the metabolization of bile from your gall bladder. In fact, color is a great indicator of your digestive health, as different conditions will manifest in different colored feces. Green is the color of your feces early in the digestive process, so green feces indicates that food is making its way through your digestive system too fast. Green poop is a sign that you could be starting to experience diarrhea and is a reminder to consume more fiber.

Red or black feces that has a strong odor indicate that there may be blood in your stool. Blood from your gastrointestinal tract can be cause of concern if there is a larger problem involved. However, you have to be cognizant of your diet, as your stool can become red if you eat too many red-colored foods such as beets. If a red or black color persists over time, there may be larger issues, so you should seek a medical opinion from a professional.

Another color to watch out for is grey or yellow, which indicates mucus in your feces. The culprits are probably your liver or gall bladder, and the issue could be serious. While you don’t want to jump to your doctor for every color change in your stool, you should still be monitoring it for persistent changes. Stool color can provide a warning for several serious conditions, so if you notice something worrisome about your excretions, it is best to seek medical help.

 

toilet-natural-poop-healthy-digestion-compressor.jpgOdor

So your feces smells bad? It’s not such a bad thing. Stinking poop actually indicates that your bowel movements are healthy and strong. The off-putting smell of feces is an indication that there is abundant bacteria in your gut, working to keep you healthy. There are trillions of bacteria in your gut that helps the process of digestion. The elimination of toxins and abundant bacteria are the main reasons why your number 2s smell bad.

Again, it is more important that you notice when the smell deviates from normal. If your diet consists of eggs, red meats, or brussel sprouts, you may notice that your feces has a strong odor. Regardless, you should notice if your bowel movements suddenly smell much worst, as it can be an indicator of food intolerance, lactose intolerance or giardia. It is also actually a problem if your poop doesn’t stink because the lack of odor indicates low levels of bacteria in your intestines.

Size and Shape

The ideal poop comes in an S shape, is soft, holds its shape, and is easy to pass.  However, your trips to the toilet do not always end in the same result. Many people are skittish about talking about their bowel movements, even to their doctors, which led to the creation of the Bristol stool scale. This easy-to-understand chart is a self-diagnostic tool that is designed to ease the communication about elimination between doctors and patients. Even outside the doctor’s office, knowledge of your quality of poop is important because it gives clues about how you can adjust your diet or supplements to help get back to normal. The idea behind the scale is to classify the look of your feces to determine the amount of time that it takes in your intestines. If your elimination takes too long, your feces will be dry or hard. If your digestive system is too quick, the result is diarrhea.

 Bristol-Stool-Chart-Medical-Poop-description-compressor.pngRetrieved from https://www.gutsense.org/constipation/normal_stools.html

This chart is used in the typical analysis when you go to your doctor’s office. Identifying which “type” of feces that you pass will help in determining any potential issues. Types 4 and 5 are considered “normal” stools for most people, but like everything else, normal depend on the person [1]. For example, someone suffering from acute hemorrhoidal disease would be happy with type 6 as their regular excrement.

Outside of stool that are between types 4 and 6, your excrement is impacted. Impacted stool are ones that pile up and compress in the large intestine, and make stool difficult to pass. When experiencing diarrhea, it is common to be affected by fecal impaction. Since the large intestine is packed with feces, only a little water is absorbed and the rest amasses in the rectum.

There are many ways to monitor your colon by yourself, but the most important takeaway is to recognize when your intestines aren’t acting normal. To understand your digestion, you must take a peek at what remains of your food. Consult a doctor if you see or feel anything irregular about your bowel movements, as understanding your feces is a great way to understand your health.

Don’t rush before you flush.

Lorna Regular girl digestion fiber probiotics prebiotics [1] What Exactly Are Normal Stools? Gutsense. Retrieved from https://www.gutsense.org/constipation/normal_stools.html

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