We spend a lot of time looking at symptoms of disease and illnesses. And it turns out, if you want to know anything about your health, all you have to do is look at your feces. It might sound gross to some of you, but your poop says a lot about your health. It is no joke.
Remember, even Hippocrates at the time said that “all diseases begin in the gut”. And we know that is true today, as inflammation to the gut can cause a number of diseases.
There are three things you need to look when observing your poop. Those are frequency, form, and color.
Let’s break them down.
Bowel movements: Frequency
When you go to the toilet, you should feel like your bowels have emptied. If you feel like they are partially eliminated, something is not wrong.
Now, some people have 2-3 bowel movements per day That is the ideal amount.
Those who have 2 or 3 bowel movements per day have a fast metabolism, more robust good bacteria, and the quantity and quality of food they consume are great.
Now, having more than 3 bowel movements per day means that you are entering the world of diarrhea.
Bowel movements are one of the best ways our body eliminates toxins, acids, and other stuff, so it is best to do it daily. If you have a bowel movement once every few days, something might be wrong.
That doesn’t mean something serious, but something wrong.
Bowel movements: Form
This is probably the grossest thing you will have to do.
Looking at the shape and form of your poop is not something many of us want to do. But the form is very important.
You want to be sure your poop has formed well. Good form and shape is a clear sign of good digestion and absorption of nutrients from the food.
There are seven types of bowels.
Here are those:
- Type 1 – separate hard lumps that are hard to pass and look like little balls
- Type 2 – sausage shaped poop, but lumpy
- Type 3 – looks like a sausage, but has cracks on the surface
- Type 4 – looks like a sausage or snake, and has a soft and smooth texture
- Type 5 – soft blobs with clear cut edges, and passed easily
- Type 6 – Fluffy pieces with ragged edges
- Type 7 – no solid pieces, entirely liquid
You want your poop to have type 4 form.
This is the nice tubular shape that looks like long bananas that do not break apart when you flush. Your poop should come out with ease and smell like super-ripe fruit. You barely need to wipe.
Type 3 is also rather good, and if you are close to type 5 and 6, it means diarrhea is coming.
Diarrhea also means you are not absorbing nutrients properly, and you are not getting enough nourishment through food.
What to do when stool is loose?
When your stool is too loose, soft, mushy, or liquidly, or in some cases, too frequent, you should talk to your doctor.