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Don't Poop & Scoot

This post is all about the need to know of your bowel movements. People often flush without a second thought or a look in the bowl below - the poop and scoot. Your poop can tell you a lot about your overall health and digestion. Of course it is not only my business but my passion to be fascinated with poop. I am neither shy nor uncomfortable talking about it openly and candidly. Sadly too many people are taught not to talk about the business behind the bathroom door. Below you will see a handy stool chart that you can measure up the quality of your bathroom visits against. The Bristol Chart is a common method for classifying poop. So with out delay lets get you in the know about what is in the bowl below.

What is Normal Stool? 
Your stool is about 75 percent water. The rest is a combination of fiber, live and dead bacteria, miscellaneous cells and mucus. The characteristics of your stool will tell you a good deal about how happy and healthy your digestive tract is – the color, odor, shape, size, and even the sound it makes when it hits the water and whether it’s “sinks” or “floats” are all relevant information. The Bristol Stool Chart is a handy tool that may help you learn what you’re looking for. Ideally, your stool should approximate Types 3, 4 and 5, “like a sausage or a snake, smooth and soft” to “soft blobs that pass easily.” Type 4 is the best of the best when we talk about healthy stool. How do yours compare?

Fiber tends to bulk up your stool and acts like glue to keep the stool stuck together, instead of in pieces. If your stool is on the softer side, short of diarrhea (“soft serve,” as some call it), it could be related to lactose intolerance, artificial sweeteners or a reaction to fructose or gluten. The average body takes between 18 and 72 hours to convert food into poop (transit time) and pass it on out. When this time is significantly shortened, the result is diarrhea because your intestine doesn’t have time to absorb all of the water. When transit time is lengthened, you may end up constipated because too much water has been absorbed, resulting in hard, dry stools. Constipation, is defined as passing hard, dry stools that you have to strain to move, and it’s typically accompanied by decreased frequency of defecation. Straining is not normal, nor are experiencing feelings of incomplete elimination, bloating, cramping, or sluggishness after going number two. 

The Colour Code of Your Poop
What’s normal and what’s not when you look into the toilet? The following table will help you narrow down what to look for, so that you aren’t needlessly alarmed. If you have a change in stools accompanied by abdominal pain, please report this to your physician. If you notice a drastic change in the colour or consistency of your stool, not attributed to colourful foods or food dyes recently eaten, consult your physician. The quicker you spot a problem, the quicker you can rule out any major concerns.

I hope this post brings you some valuable knowledge. Remember a clean colon is a healthy colon. Visit us for regular cleansing of the bowel and the whole body. May your day be regular and bright.

Be well,

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