Let’s analyze… stools. We know that it may not be your favorite topic but it is certainly worth taking the few seconds to learn about it and inspect your “goods”. You’ll be surprise as it can very well tell you about your health. Before you flush…
No, you don’t have to touch to analyze your stools, you’ll just need to observe the color, texture, shape, size and maybe, a little sniff. All these are indicators of how well you’re doing on the inside and there’s really nothing… to be embarrassed about.Your stools are the end result of all your food and nutrient intake, what your body does not need, it eliminates. Your stool consist of mostly water, undigested food (fibre), bacteria and dead cells from your intestines. Taking a close look at your stools may help you to make the right choices to improve your digestive system and improve overall health.
A normal stool is generally brown due to its composites.
Red stools might indicate bleeding (unless you ate beet root or any thing else of that sort). If your the color is bright red, it may mean that there may be a tear around the anus and passing out stools would usually be painful. If this is the case, it is highly suggested that you increase your fruits, vegetable and water intake to help to soften the stools. Darker red could be more of a concern as it may be a bleeding somewhere in your digestive system. You should consult a doctor immediately.
Black stools might indicate that there is severe internal bleeding, or may be because of heavy meat consumption or bismuth-containing compounds.
Light or grey stools are symptoms of liver disease and decreased bile output. Medications may have also caused the color to change.
If you have noticed a color change in your stools, evaluate what you have eaten and if it persists, consult your doctor immediately.
The Shape &Size
Good things don’t necessarily come in small packages. Size does matter. The more, the merrier – when it comes to your poop!
Many doctors use the Bristol stool chart (Meyers scale) to classify stools. The shape and size of the stool is useful to measure transit time – how long it takes for your food to travel through your digestive tract.
As seen in the Bristol Chart above,TYPE 1 & 2 indicate constipation and is straneous to pass as stools are usually dry and hard. You may be having bowel movements, lots of gas and bloating but the feeling of incomplete pooping still lingers. Your stools are pellet-like, hard and dry, this would indicate that there isn’t enough fibre and water in your body. Certain medications can also cause constipation. By changing your diet, increasing your fruits, water and fibre intake and it might just help you pass with ease.
TYPE 3 & 4 are ideal stools and is softer, smoother and easy to pass. Every time you pass a type 4 stool, congratulate yourself and give yourself a pat on your shoulder. Continue to eat your fruits and drink lots of water.
TYPE 5 – 7 would indicate the severity of a diarrhoea. It could be a form of an infection or an intolerance towards certain kinds of food.
Most of the time, it is just a smell of a byproduct but if is a foul smell, you may have to consult a doctor as it may be a symptom of an infection or a disorder.
Pooping makes you happy… when you know what you don’t need is excreting out from your body. It’s like a burden well-lifted and then you feel… light!Constipation and bloating can cause you to be lethargic and so uneasy, pimples may start popping out too. Here are some tips on how you can avoid painful trips:
#1 – Change Your Eating Habits
Make friends with fruits, vegetables and some oats. Have some yogurt for breakfast and maybe a smoothie for tea too, perhaps?
#2 – Fix A Time Every Day
A routine can help to regulate bowel movement.
#3 – Keep Yourself Hydrated
Water helps your body to function well and helps to regulate bowel movements. Drink about 1.5 litres of water daily.
#4 – Abdominal Exercises Or Sit Ups
One of the key risk of constipation is inactivity. Exercising can help to decrease the time it takes for food to travel through your intestines and helps your stools to move quickly.
#5 – Get Natural Help
Herbs like ginger, lemongrass, peppermint, or chamomile are traditionally used to ease bloatedness or constipation. TruDtox works gently to cleanse and strengthen your body’s digestive system. By taking TruDtox once or twice a week, you will soon feel cleaner and healthier.