Here’s What Your Stool Can Tell You About Your Health
Believe it or not, your stool can tell you a lot about your health. Every time you notice something strange, consult your doctor and do the necessary testing.
If everything is fine with your digestive tract, your stool should be brown, medium soft and 4-8 inches long. The consistency should pretty much resemble toothpaste.
Changes are often caused by lifestyle habits and food. Beets can make it red, and fatty foods soften it, giving it a foul smell.
The Bristol stool chart can help you determine if your digestive tract is not doing its job properly. Types 3, 4 and 5 are considered normal.
If it is not caused by your last meal, you may have bleeding in the lower gut. Bloody stools are often a sign of hemorrhoids and diverticulitis. Colon cancer is people’s biggest fear.
Your bile is green. If the poop goes through the intestine too fast, the bile remains green. This color may be caused by antibiotics, iron supplements, chlorophyll-rich leafy greens, spirulina, chlorella and wheatgrass. You may also be dealing with Crohn’s disease, irritable Bowel Syndrome or celiac disease.
You may have an infection or gallbladder dysfunction caused by poor bile output and excess fat.
It is a result of bile duct obstruction, gallstones, hepatitis, bacterial infection, pancreatitis, cirrhosis and cancer. X-rays with barium can also affect the color of your stool.
Black and dark green stool is caused by bleeding in upper intestine, iron consumption, leafy greens, meat, etc. The color will return back to normal if it is caused by food.
It is a result of obstructions in lower bowel or any external pressure on the colon (i.e. abnormal growths). Do colonoscopy to exclude the possibility of having colon cancer.
Small, hard stool
It is almost always a sign of constipation due to unhealthy and low-fiber diet. Eat foods abundant in fiber and workout more often. Psyllium husk and flaxseeds can be of great help
Your body probably cannot absorb oils, and there are probably oil droplets that float in your toilet. Test your pancreas.
Mucus in stools
We all have mucus in our stools, but any excess is a sign of inflammation, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Leukocytes in stool
This is a sign of digestive tract disorder.
Anything different from the regular poop smell is a sign that your diet needs a change. It can be caused medication, inflammation, food malabsorption, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease or cystic fibrosis.
It is usually a sign of gas. However floating stools are often associated with malabsorption of nutrients and weight loss.
How often do you visit the toilet?
It depends on your lifestyle habits. Anything between three trips a day to three visits per week is considered normal. However, the frequency depends on dietary habits, travel, medication, hormonal fluctuations, sleep patterns, exercise, illness, surgery, childbirth, and stress are some of the causes.
If you need too much effort to poop, you are dealing with a problem.
Improve your bowel movement
Eat fruits, veggies, as these are packed with fiber. Psyllium and flax seeds also give you enough fiber.
Do not eat processed foods and foods abundant in sugar, artificial sweeteners and chemical additives.
Balanced gut flora
Add probiotics to your menu, including sauerkraut, pickles, kombucha and kefir, especially if you have taken antibiotics recently. Use probiotic supplements if food cannot help you.
Drink enough water and be more active.
The video below will give you more details on this topic. You should also consider cleansing your colon.