The majority of people go to the toilet, carry out their business and that’s that. But it would actually be better for most of us if we took a longer look at what we’re leaving behind – or flushing, rather – because it can give us a clear insight into our health. And knowing about this big ‘business’, may even save your life.
In case if you don’t know, your stool can tell a lot about the state of your organs and also about your health. That is why is so important to take a look at the toilet when you do a poo, on this why you are checking your health status.
If your poop is in brown color, that it comes from the food that has been digested and all the nutrients have been absorbed from it.
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.
Shade of poop
Brown is the normal color of your poop.
This means that you may have eaten a lot of green leafy vegetables or foods with green coloring.
This color of the poop can be a sign of excess fat in the body which occurs due to malabsorption disorder such as celiac disease.
This can be a sign of an internal bleeding, caused by certain ulcers or cancer. Also, it can be caused by supplements that contain iron or bismuth subsalicylate. Consult your doctor.
Light colored, white or clay-colored
This can be an indication of a bile duct obstruction, or by certain medications. You should visit your doctor.
Blood- stained or red
If you notice blood in your poop, it can be a symptom of cancer. You should immediately consult your doctor.
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?
Normally, people poop one or twice a day, but some may poop more or less.
How to keep poop healthy?
Consume foods rich in fiber (20-25g), drink plenty of water and exercise regularly.
Proper hydration is of vital importance for normal pooping.