“Why is my poop…?” You asked, we’ve got the answer. If you’re curious as to what your poop says about you and your overall health, keep reading.
Your Poop Questions Answered
Have you thought about your poop today? You probably haven’t. It’s not really a subject that you bring up in a gathering or a get-together. But did you know that your poop can tell a lot about your overall health? Have you ever peeked in the toilet bowl to check out what your poop looks like? Yes, I know, you may be a little grossed out of the topic, but trust me. You should know your poop. See what the textures and shades mean in the infographic below!
You can thank Daily Infographic for this wonderful poop guide!
Your Poop Questions Answered
When you poop, the little brown blob in your toilet bowl is what’s left of the food after your body has absorbed all the nutrients it needs from it.
Pooping is vital to your health as it’s your body’s natural way of expelling the waste that it doesn’t need. That’s why how your poop looks and smells can also give clues to what’s going on inside your body.
Textures of Poop
- Separate hard lumps, like nuts
You’re lacking fiber and fluids. Drink more water and chomp on some fruits and veggies.
- Sausage-shaped but lumpy
Not as serious as separate hard lumps, but you need to load up on fluids and fiber.
- Sausage-shaped but with cracks on surface
This is normal, but the cracks mean you could still up your intake of water.
- Sausage-shaped, smooth and soft
Optimal poop! You’re doing fine!
- Soft blobs with clear-cut edges
Not too bad. Pretty normal if you’re pooping multiple times a day.
- Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
You’re on the edge of normal. This type of poop is on its way to becoming diarrhea.
- Watery, no solid pieces, all liquid
You’re having a diarrhea! This is probably caused by some sort of infection and diarrhea is your body’s way of cleaning it out. Make sure you drink lots of liquids to replace the liquids lost otherwise you might find yourself dehydrated!
- Soft and sticks to the side of the toilet bowl
Presence of too much oil, which could mean that your body isn’t absorbing the fats properly. Diseases like chronic pancreatitis prevent your body from properly absorbing fat.
Shades of Poop
While color is an indicator of how your body is reacting to what you’ve eaten, it could also depend on the color of the food you’ve eaten. Be mindful of this if you’re noticing a n unusual change.
You’re fine. Poop is naturally brown due to the bile produced in your liver.
Food may be moving through your large intestine too quickly. Or you could have eaten lots of green leafy veggies, or green food coloring.
Greasy, foul-smelling yellow poop indicates excess fat, which could be due to malabsorption disorder like celiac disease.
It could mean that you’re bleeding internally due to ulcer or cancer. Some vitamins containing iron or bismuth subsalicylate could cause black poop too. Pay attention if it’s sticky, and see a doc if you’re worried.
Light-colored, white, or clay-colored
If it’s not what you’re normally seeing, it could mean a bile duct obstruction. Some meds could cause this too. See a doc.
Blood-stained or Red
Blood in your poop could be a symptom of cancer. Always see a doc right away if you find blood in your stool.
Poop Questions Answered
How often should you poop?
On average, people go once or twice a day, but some may go more and some may go less. According to doctors, there’s no normal frequency, so as long as you’re comfy, you’re fine.
How to keep your poop healthy?
- Eat a diet high in fiber (20 – 25 g), lots of water, regular exercise.
- If you’re having trouble pooping (constipation), dietary fiber can help make the passage smoother.
- Proper hydration helps ensure your colon is slippery enough for the poop to move through.
When to see a doctor?
The first time you see anything out of the ordinary in your poop, don’t panic yet. See if it happens again. If symptoms persist, then go talk to a doctor. Pay attention to what your body is telling you, and whenever you feel uneasy, it’s time to go to a doctor.
Quick Facts About Poop
- The food you eat usually takes 1-3 days from the time you eat it till it ends up in your poop.
- Poop is made up of undigested food, bacteria, mucus, and dead cells, that’s why it smells.
- Healthy poop sinks slowly.
Do these facts make you a little curious about what your poop looks like? You can share your thoughts below in the comments but I hope you won’t describe what you see in the toilet!
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