The majority of people go to the bathroom, do their business and that is that. But it would actually be better for many people if they check up at what they are leaving behind – or flushing, because it can give us a clear insight into our health. Knowing this can save your life.
1. Well do you know your shit?
When you poop, the little brown blob in your toilet is what is left of the food after your body has absorbed all the nutrients from it.
Pooping is crucial for your health, because it is your body’s natural way of expelling the waste that does not need. The look and the smell of the poop can give you clues to what is happening inside your body.
2. Textures of poop
- Separate hard lumps, like nuts
You should drink more water and eat some fruits and vegetables. You are lacking fibre and fluids.
- Sausage-shaped, smooth and soft
This is a sign that you are doing fine
- Watery, no solid pieces, all liquid
This is a case of diarrhea. It is probably caused by some sort of infection. You should drink more liquids in order to replace the liquids lost, or if you do not do this you may find yourself dehydrated.
- Sausage- shaped but lumpy
It is not serious, but you should load up on fluids and fibre.
- Soft blobs with clear-cut edges
This is normal if you are pooping multiple times a day.
- Sausage-shaped but with cracks on surface
Well, this is normal, but the cracks indicate that you should still up your intake of water.
- Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
This type of poop is on the edge of normal, it is on its way to become diarrhea.
- Soft and sticks to the side of the toilet bowl
Your body is not absorbing the fats properly, because of the presence of too much oil. Your body cannot properly absorb that because of chronic pancreatic.
3. Shade of poop
If your poop is brown, then you are fin. Poop is brown due to the bile produced in your liver.
Maybe you have eaten a lot of green leafy veggies or green food coloring. The food might be going through your large intestine too quickly.
This type of poop indicates excess fat. This is because of malabsorption disorder like celiac disease.
This means that you are bleeding internally, because of ulcer or cancer. It may be caused by some vitamins that contain iron or bismuth subsalicylate. You should see a doctor if you are worried about this.
- Light-colored, white or clay-colored
This could mean a bile duct obstruction. It can be caused by some medicines. You should 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?
People go once or twice a day, but some might go more or less. As per doctors there is no normal frequency, so while you are comfy, you are fine.
- How to keep poop healthy?
Have an eating regimen rich in fibre (20-25g), drink lots of water and do regular exercises.
If you have problems with pooping, dietary fibre can help you.
The proper hydration helps ensure your colon is slippery enough for the poop to move through.
- When to see a doctor?
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.