Scoop On Poop: What Your Poop Says About YouAbby
Your poop can tell many things, including the state of your health, what your diet is like and what kind of stress you are under. Many doctors believe that people have regular bowel movements whether it is 1 a day, once every 2 days, once every 3 days, 4 days, or 5 days. I had one client who had a movement every 7 days, her doctor told that this was normal for her. I believe that you should have at least 2 bowel movements a day.
A bowel movement is Nature’s way of communicating to you your current state of health. Just as you need to monitor what goes in your mouth, investigating your stool will give you valuable information regarding your digestive tract, after all 70% of your immune system resides in your large intestine!
This is why I have all my patients on my Daily Cleansing Tea, it gently detoxifies your entire body – starting with the large intestine – to restore your immune system each and every day. The average large intestine takes 9 months just to restore normal function and tone, not the 2 to 3 weeks that many detox retailers would like you to believe. The large intestine is a muscle, when was the last time you were able to detoxify a muscle in 3 weeks?
Your digestive tract is the assembly line for the food you eat. If you eat 3 meals a day, you should have 3 bowel movements per day. If you eat 2 meals a day, you should have 2 bowel movements per day. Your bowel movements can give you a clear daily picture indicating whether the most important process of your health is heading in the right direction. Learning what to look for in your bowel movements can prevent illness and suffering now and in the future.
Your stool is made up of 75% water, the remaining ingredients include:
- undigested food
- mineral salts
If you have books in the bathroom and always have time to read when going number 2, then there is a good chance that you have internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids are probably present or on their way. A hiatal hernia is just around the corner for this ‘grunter groaner’ due to all that straining and pushing. If you feel you have the time to read the newspaper while on the toilet then read the comic section and lighten up!
Signs that your digestive system is not functioning properly are:
- bad breath
- foul smelling stool
- badly formed stool
- the need to use air fresheners in the bathroom
- deodorant under your arms
The bowel movement should start naturally, without any straining or pushing. A normal bowel movement occurs rather quickly, taking no more than about 3 minutes.In a normal bowel movement, the stool should have a diameter of about 1-2 inches and similar to the consistency of toothpaste being squeezed from a tube.
The stool should not have a foul smell if it is entirely composed of the waste from food which was consumed less than 24 hours ago. If poop has a rotten egg or sewage smell then it could be a sign or Celiac disease, IBS, Crohn’s or colitis, a carbohydrate intolerance or dairy protein and other food allergies. Healthy poop should not smell at all or it will have a slight scent of ripe fruit.
If you pass gas it should not have a foul smell. Smelly farts may indicate that old, decaying fecal matter is stuck to the walls of your intestines.
It should not be soft and watery or hard and compacted and it should not cause the toilet to become plugged up. It should not be so large that it is hard to pass, cause pain or bleeding of the rectum or hemorrhoids. It should not be long and stringy, pencil-thin or composed of small and hard balls.
What Form Is Your Poo?
Form 1: Separate little hard balls/lumps (have to strain to pass)
Form 2: Banana-shaped but lumpy (like an Oh Henry! chocolate bar – bet you’ll never look at one the same again!)
Form 3: Banana-shaped but harder/compacted with cracks on the surface
Form 4: Banana-shaped, soft and should glide out smoothly (This is the ideal bowel movement! )
Form 5: Soft plops with defined edges (passed easily)
Form 6: A mushy, scruffy, ragged stool (fuzzy like a teddy bear)
Form 7: Liquid with no solid pieces.
The stool should float in the toilet if everything in it is waste material from food that has been properly digested. Stool that has become too compacted, hard and dense due to constipation will usually sink. The stool should not contain a lot of mucus. There should not be any small or large worms or other parasites visible inside or near the stool.
What Color Is Your Poo?
Medium Brown – The stool becomes brown because of a pigment called bilirubin that is made when red blood cells in the liver and bone marrow are broken down. Bilirubin ends up in the intestines where bacteria turns the poop brown. This is the color you want your stool to be!
Dark Brown – If your stool is a dark brown then it contains old fecal waste.
Dark/Black Tar-like – If your stool is black it usually means that there is dried blood in your stool. This may indicate that you have some bleeding somewhere in the upper gastrointestinal tract or stomach but is far enough away from your rectum that it has time to dry. If you have dark/black tar-like stool you should go see your doctor.
Green – This is generally because you are eating a lot of leafy green vegetables and in this case is completely normal. Green stool can also be caused from diarrhea, your food isn’t being processed by your digestive tract for long enough causing your intestines to expel it’s contents too fast which gives it it’s green hue. If you have chronic diarrhea then contact your doctor but if you’re poo is just green, it’s most likely because you are eating your vegetables, keep it up!
Red/Maroon – Did you recently eat anything red like beets? Then your stool will be tinted with a red color and in this case is completely normal! If you are seeing bright red in your stool then this is generally caused from a bleeding ulcer in the lower intestinal track or from hemorrhoids. Blood is not something that you should see in your stool, let your doctor know that you are seeing blood in your stool and how much you see.
Yellow – Your stool will change color as your diet varies but having yellow or pale stool on a regular basis is something that needs to be brought to your doctors attention as it can be caused because of many different health concerns. Cirrhosis of the liver and hepatitis, gallstones, sludge in the gallbladder, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, a blockage in the pancreatic duct, cystic fibrosis, Celiac disease, Gilbert’s Syndrome (liver disorder) and Giardiasis (parasite) can all cause your stool to turn yellow. Stress can speed up the digestive process, which limits the absorption of nutrients and can cause diarrhea and yellow stool.
Mucus – Mucus is a clear, white or yellow substance with a jelly-like consistency, which is produced by the mucous membrane of the large intestine to protect the lining of the intestines and help bowel movements pass easily. Ulcers in the intestines will also produce puss and mucus. Mucus can appear in the stool as ‘mucoid’ when you have been gentle cleanings for weeks to months, this is because your intestines are ‘sloughing’ off mucus that has been building up from inflammation. Inform your doctor if there is mucus in your stool and if there is more than usual.
We want to be able to wipe clean and feel a sense of complete evacuation. Wiping clean should only take a few pieces of toilet paper… not a roll. It’s amazing how often people do not have a sense of complete evacuation. This is a job worth doing right before you’re unable to do it at all, so get moving!
The Scoop On Your Poop
Print out this chart to log your poop for 30 days!
Doc of Detox Daily Cleansing Tea is the best insurance policy for your health. Daily Cleansing Tea will help to restore your immune system and ensure you will always have great bowel movements each and every day! Daily Cleansing Tea goes deeper inward affecting all other body tissues and organs, cleaning up the mess one step at a time, starting with your large intestine and finishing up in the deepest corners of the body and then maintaining this pristine environment so that you do not get yourself back into a toxic mess.
– Dr. Darrell Wolfe, Doc of Detox