What Does Your Poop Say About Your Health?

Nobody wants to talk about their poop, but if you take a glimpse at your everyday “dodo” you could see all kinds of shapes and sizes that can tell a lot about your health.

This is why you should take a minute to look what’s in your toilet bowl before flushing it away.

These are the 5 things you should take into consideration:

1. Shape

2. Color

3. Size

4. Frequency

5. Behavior (floating or sinking)

Now let’s take a look at what types of poop mean:

  • Small and hard lumpy poop can be a sign of acute inflammation of the small intestine. This type of stool is usually small, abrasive and solid, with a diameter of 1 to 2 centimeters. This type of stool may occur in people who have been taking antibiotics and it usually causes anal bleeding.
  • Sausage shaped poop with lumps, this stool can be very difficult to pass and may also cause anal bleeding. The diameter is 3 to 5 centimeters and it is common among people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Sausage shaped stool with a cracked surface, this poop is the same as the previous one just with the only difference is that this one is processed faster.
  • Sausage, smooth and soft poop, this kind of poop is present among people who defecate more than once per day after big meals.
  • Fluffy poop with ragged and torn edges, this stool has a soft texture and it may be a potential sign of high blood pressure and stress.
  • Diarrhea type of stool. This poop is similar to ordinary diarrhea; however, it happens in conjunction with constipation. Depending on the odor and color, this type of poop may be showing that the body is suffering from some kind of condition or a disease.
  • The light red stool is a sign of bleeding in the GIT.
  • Pale brown poop can be a symptom of hepatitis, cirrhosis or pancreatic disease.
  • Yellow poop occurs when a person has gallbladder issues.

Top 5 foods you should eat every day to improve your bowel movement:

Oatmeal

The oat grains in oatmeal contain soluble fiber that helps with digestive issues and supports heart health.

Water

Drink plenty of water. Since constipation is related to dehydration in the colon, you need to make sure you are drinking lots of water. When your body is properly hydrated, less water will be withdrawn from the colon. This will keep your stool soft and easy to pass.

Popcorn

As far as cravings go, popcorn is one of the healthier ones. Provided you don’t load it with butter and salt. Popcorn has about 1 gram of fiber and 31 calories per cup that’s why it makes the perfect thing to go when you have the munchies.

Almonds

Almonds are loaded with heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber, but it’s the high magnesium content that has our intestines excited. “Magnesium neutralizes stomach acid and moves stools through the intestines”. And just a small handful (1 ounce) contains 25% of your daily dose.

Yogurt

While experts recommend staying away from most dairy products including ice cream, if you are battling constipation, yogurt can be an exception to the rule. The lactobacillus bacteria in yogurt can keep your bowel movement on a regular level. Plus you can mix the yogurt with all kind’s fruits to fit your taste.

And one more thing you might be interested in is the smell of your poop. The bad smell of your poop could be a sign of:

Pancreatitis

Problems with digestion and absorption

Cystic fibrosis

Celiac disease