Let us get talking about poop today. How should the formation of your poop be? What is normal, what is weird? Most importantly, what is healthy, and what is not? Bowel movements are defined by personal ‘normal’ comfort. Being knowledgeable about the shaped outcome of your digestive system will help to identify when ‘normal’ takes a detour. Poop serves as a rooted clue indicating overall digestive health. It is the outcome of a digestive journey that takes place on a daily basis in your body.
It can reveal signs of digestive problems. Infections and even early cancer according to gastroenterology studies revealed in the book “What’s your poop telling you?” by Anish Sheth, Josh Richman.
Pay Attention to the Shape of Your Poop
- How often you visit the loo?
- How long does it take?
- What does it look like?
- Connect with your poop, know the insides and outsides, color, shapes, sizes, and forms.
According to the Dr. Oz show, the perfect poop formation is shaped like a log, or in an S shape and not broken in pieces.
Here are some of the different poop shapes and what they mean:
1. Nut Hard Lumps
This represents an acute dysbacteriosis (microbial imbalance, body maladaptation) case. There is a lack of clear shape definition, because of missing bacteria and no water retention. They are formations of hard and abrasive lumps, the diameter is between one to two centimeters. They are painful in the motion of passing. As they pass, there is a likelihood of bleeding from anal canal laceration. This condition is linked to people on treatments of post-antibiotics as well as those attempting low-carb, fiber-free diets.
What to do?
- Increase fiber intake and consume enough water.
- Stay hydrated!
- Make sure your diet has sufficient fruits and veggies, seeds and nuts.
- Be nutrition conscious and reduce processed foods as well as dairy and meat.
2. Sausage Hard Lumps
Represents a Type 1 combined into a single mass that is glued together by fiber components together with bacteria. Known as organic constipation. Diameter is between three to four centimeters. This form is destructive as the size exceeds the anal canal opening. It causes straining during the process of elimination and will cause laceration of the anal canal, diverticulitis (inflammation in colon pouches), or hemorrhoid prolapse. To reach this form, stools remain in the colon for several weeks ending in anorectal pain, anal fissures, or hemorrhoidal disease. Delaying or withholding the urge to release or a record of chronic constipation are likely causes. There is a possibility of minor flatulence. Delaying or withholding the urge to release or a record of chronic constipation are likely causes. Anyone experiencing this is likely to experience irritation of the bowel syndrome due to the pressure of the large stools against intestinal walls. Obstruction of the small intestine is a high possibility with a clogged large intestine.
What to do?
- Follow a nutritious diet of fruits and veggies.
- Do not hold back if you have an urge to go. Take that toilet break.
- Ensure that you drink enough water.
- Consult a health professional for advice on the range of supplements available depending on your condition.
- Engage in physical exercise to keep digestion healthy and eat three proper meals a day.
3. Surface Cracked, Sausage-shaped
Including all Type 2 characteristics with a faster transit time of one or two weeks. It is latent constipation. The diameter is between two to three and a half centimeters. A possibility of irritable bowel syndrome and flatulence is minor. Best thing to do is to stay relaxed and eat regular meals on a proper schedule.
4. Smooth, Soft and Snake-like
A normal form for those defecating once a day. The diameter is between one and two centimeters. The large diameter suggests a transit time that is longer or increased dietary fiber intake.
5. Clear-cut Soft Blobs
This form is ideal and typical for those with regular poops after each major meal. The diameter is in the range of one to one and a half centimeters.
6. Ragged, Fluffy and Mushy
This form makes it difficult to control urges when there is no access to a toilet. It is messy with just toilet paper alone. These types suggest a colon that is hyperactive, an excess of potassium, sudden dehydration, an increase in blood pressure linked to stress. This causes releases of potassium and water. It may indicate a hypersensitive stressed personality or an excess of spicy diets, or drinks high in mineral compositions. It is also linked to laxatives.
What to do?
- Avoid spicy hot foods.
- Do not eat in a rush, slow down eating.
- Eat enough fiber – it escorts the bile for efficient an efficient detox.
- Soluble fiber in the form of oats or flax seeds protects the gut from inflaming.
- Insoluble fiber in the form of greens will firm up loose stools.
Paradoxical diarrhea nature is not understood, it occurs with severe constipation and diarrhea leaving a ‘paradoxical’ occurrence. It is a constipation complication known as fecal impaction. With paradoxical diarrhea, liquid stool surrounds hard stool impacted within the rectum. Paradoxical diarrhea is common among children,adults that have limited mobility as well as senior citizens.
Dietary changes and physical exercise help to eliminate paradoxical diarrhea. For example:
- Eat fiber-rich whole grain bread, fruits and vegetables.
- Exercise on a regular basis.
- Remain hydrated. Consume enough water daily. Eight to ten glasses.
Getting Your Poop in Shape!
Too many potatoes and meat with sparse intake of fruit and accompanying vegetables lead to unshapely predicaments. Doctor Robynne Chutkan, a certified gastroenterologist, recommends that people need an intake of thirty-five grams of fiber to gain digestive health at optimum levels. Fiber detoxes the colon and results in ideal patterns of bowel movements. It lowers risks associated with heart disease, cancer types, diabetes, and possible strokes.
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