This might sound weird, but yes, you should look what you are flushing in the toilet, after you finish your thing. Poop can tell a lot about your health and even it can save your life.
Poop is the ‘’leftover’’ form the food after your metabolism has absorbed all of the needed nutrients. In this way your body is eliminating the waste.
The way your poop smells and looks can be really indicative of what is happening inside your body. Different kinds of poop texture can tell a lot about your health condition.
1. Well, do you know your poop?
The brown color of your poop comes from the food that has been digested and all the nutrients have been absorbed from it.
Regular bowel movements are essential for good health, because in that way your body eliminates all the unnecessary substances. Therefore, the color of your poop can tell a lot about your general health.
2. Textures of poop
– Separate hard lumps, like nuts
This is a sign that your body lack fiber and fluids. In this case, you should drink more water and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
– Sausage-shaped, smooth and soft
This is how normal poop should look like and it is a sign of a good health.
– Watery, no solid pieces, all liquid
This is classified as diarrhea and is usually caused by some infection. In this case, you should drink more liquids to keep your body hydrated.
– Sausage- shaped but lumpy
This is not a serious condition and you should drink more fluids and eat foods rich in fiber.
– Soft blobs with clear-cut edges
Normal, but you still need to consume more liquids.
– Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
Still normal, but it is on the way to become diarrhea.
– Soft and sticks to the side of the toilet bowl
This means that your body does not absorb fats properly which can cause too much fat in the body. Chronic pancreatic disease can be the main reason for this condition.
3. Shades of poop
This is the normal color of poop due to the bile produced in the liver.
The poop can turn green if you have eaten too much leafy green veggies or artificial food coloring. It also means that your food is passing through the intestine quickly.
A yellow poop means excess fat in the body or a disorder such as celiac disease.
Black poop is not a good sign – it may indicate ulcers or cancer but can also be caused by a vitamin that contains iron or bismuth subsalicylate. Visit a doctor immediately to rule out any serious conditions.
– Light-colored, white or clay-colored poop
This indicates bile duct obstruction and is probably caused by some medications.
– Blood-stained or red poop
This is a serious concern which needs to be addressed right away!
4. Quick poop facts
– The food you consume needs 1-3 days to end up in your poop. Poop consists of bacteria, undigested food, dead cells and mucus. The healthy poop should sink slowly in the water.
– People usually go 1-2 times a day, but it depends on a person. Generally, doctors don’t have a recommended frequency, so if you’re going every day you’re doing fine.
How to keep your poop healthy?
Eat 20-25 gr. of fiber a day, drink the recommended amount of water (6-8 glasses) and exercise regularly to have a healthy poop. Proper hydration is very important as it ensures that your colon is slippery enough for the poop to pass.
If you notice anything out of the ordinary with your poop, you should visit a doctor immediately.