What you need to know about your poop!
It’s time to get up close and personal with your…poop. Yes, you heard me right. We are shit talking today!
Fibre is a very important part of your overall health and I go into detail about the two sources of fibre you should be consuming daily, soluble fibre and insoluble fibre on this blog.
So, now that you’ve increased your fibre intake and drinking 2 litres of water, you should be pooping daily (I hope).
Before you flush, I want you to know take a good look at what just came out. Yes, it’s time to examine it, I know it’s gross, but get over it, it’s a part of you. I’m not asking you to put it on a slab and dissect it, but if that’s your thing, go ahead, I won’t judge! 🙂
Your stool, can tell you so much about your health and what is actually happening inside your digestive system.
First of all your stool is about 75 percent water. The rest is a combination of fibre, live and dead bacteria, miscellaneous cells and mucus.
There are 3 things you want to take note of when it’s time to go.
- frequency (how often you are going, or not going)
- form or shape
You should be going at least once a day, every day! Some people may go 2-3 times a day, this all depends on your own individual metabolism, the types of food are you eating, the quantity of food and if you have a healthy amount of good flora in your gut.
If you are not going at least once daily, you are suffering from constipation. So, this is something you need to get sorted ASAP, pooping is one of the ways our bodies eliminate toxins, so if you are not eliminating, those toxins will be reabsorbed into the body. This can then increase your risk of colon cancer and other colon issues such as hemorrhoids.
If you are going more than 3 times daily, then you’ve got diarrhea, which could mean there is a digestive issue happening. I would recommend seeing your health care practitioner to check for IBS, allergies, crohn’s and colitis.
Form & Shape
There is a chart called the Bristol Stool Chart
It breaks down the different shapes and sizes of stool and what they mean. A healthy stool will be similar in size and shape to a banana, it should be smooth and silky. And easy to eliminate, there should be no pushing involved and should come out within 60 secs of sitting on the toilet. If you are on the thrown for more than 60 secs, get off you’re not ready to go yet.
This is not the time to read the newspaper or magazine!
I want you to think milk chocolate…got it, this is what you want your poop to look like.
However, if your poop is black, this could mean there is blood higher up in your GI tract, if you see red, there could be blood lower in the GI tract, if it’s yellow/orange, there could be a malabsorption issues, green could mean low bile salt production or there is a high intake of iron.
However, do take note of foods that are you eating also, eating a lot of leafy greens or carrots, beets, they can change the colour too.
There you have it, next time you go, take note of frequency, shape and colour.
Start learning more about yourself and taking more control of your health.
Knowledge is power.