Most people don’t pay attention to what we leave in the toilet. However, checking your stool can give you a clear picture of your health. Knowing what poop means can save your life.
- How well do you know your poop?
The stool is what’s left of your food after it’s processed in the body. Pooping is crucial for the body; it is the body’s natural way of expelling the waste it does not need. The look and smell of your poop can give you clues to what’s happening inside the body.
Separate hard lumps, like nuts
Drink more water and eat more fruit and vegetables – your body needs more fiber and fluid.
Sausage-shaped poop, smooth and soft
This is an indication that you are doing just fine.
Watery poop with no solid pieces
This is diarrhea caused by some infection. Drink more liquids to replace the ones that are lost or you will get dehydrated.
Sausage-shaped, lumpy poop
It’s not serious, but be sure to eat more fiber.
Soft blobs with clear cut edges
A normal poop if you go to the bathroom several times a day.
Sausage shaped poop with cracks on the surface
Normal, but the cracks indicate that you should decrease the water intake.
Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
This type of poop is on the way to become diarrhea!
Soft and sticks to the side of the bowl
Your body is not absorbing fats as it should because of the presence of too much oil.
A common and normal color of poop. The color of the poop is brown thanks to the bile produced in the liver.
This can occur after eating a lot of green vegetables. It can also mean that the food goes through the large intestine fast.
This color indicates excess fat, caused by malabsorption disorders like celiac disease.
This means internal bleeding, a serious condition caused by ulcer or cancer. It can also be caused by vitamins containing iron or bismuth subsalicylate. Visit a doctor if you are worried by the color.
Light colored white or clay color
This could mean bile duct obstruction. It can be caused by some medicine, but you should visit a doctor.
Blood stained or red color
Blood in the poop is a sign of serious diseases like cancer. Go to the doctor immediately!
The food you consume daily usually takes 1-3 days to appear in your stool.
Poop is made from bacteria, undigested food, dead cells and mucus.
The healthy piece of poop sinks slowly.
How often should you poop?
People go once or twice a day, but it can happen more or less than it. There is no normal frequency according to doctors.
How to keep poop healthy?
Eat more fiber, drink lots of water and exercise regularly. Dietary fiber can help if you have issues pooping. Proper hydration makes sure that the colon is slippery enough for the poop to move easily.
When to see a doctor?
If you notice some symptoms which are not usual and they keep going on for a while, you should visit a doctor. We must pay attention to what our body is trying to say.