What Your POO Is Telling You!
Let’s be honest. Everybody poops. And if you’re not, call us immediately and we’ll get you back on track. Regardless of gender, nationality, profession or inclination, we all have a relationship with #2. Some of us like to talk about it and some of us really don’t. Whatever your relationship with poop, it is a very important indicator of overall health. Our stool can tell us so much about what is happening in our bodies.
So, let’s take a look at your poop with a chart. Yes, there is an actual chart for this. I know, who came up with this, right? The British Royal Infirmary Hospital in Bristol England did. When they found that people were reluctant to talk about their poop in any real detail, they decided to get creative. What you see below is the Bristol Stool Form Scale. It is a self-diagnostic tool that helps people identify and discuss their bowel habits WITHOUT becoming embarrassed. Totally awesome right?
How the Bristol Stool Chart can help you
The form of your stool is very important and its shape and consistency is directly related to how long it spends in your colon. Identifying which type of poop you have can paint a picture about your overall health. There are seven different types of stool to consider.
Type One: These stools have spent the longest amount of time in the colon and can be pretty hard to pass. They often resemble small nuts or hard lumps and can be very dense.
Type Two: These stools are often shaped like sausages. They still have visible lumps as well and can be uncomfortable when passing.
Type Three: Sausage shaped and better formed than type two, these stools are more uniform and often have visible cracks.
Type Four: These stools are smooth like a sausage or a snake. They are well formed and easy to pass.
Type Five: These stools are easy to pass, but they are comprised of many soft blobs with clear edges.
Type Six: Soft and fluffy, these stools also have ragged edges.
Type Seven: The stool is almost entirely liquid and without solid pieces.
So, which one is healthy?
Type four is the easiest type of stool to pass as well as being the most demonstrative of a healthy colon. Optimally, stools should not be painful to pass and should come out relatively easily. They should also pass relatively after sitting on the toilet. You should not be able to get through that 15 minute fuzzy animal video.
How often should I poo?
Every time you eat. What? Seriously, you ask? Yes, seriously. You should poop from 1-3 times a day; not 1-3 times a week. A healthy colon likes to move and frequent elimination is a sign that your colon is healthy and functional.
That being said, it is also relatively common for fecal matter to back up in the colon. If your body is storing extra excrement, it will often cause pain and discomfort. Beyond stomach cramping, stored excrement can also cause headaches, bad breath and skin problems. Essentially, your colon gets in a traffic jam and this leads to re-absorption of the toxins it was just trying to eliminate. Drinking plenty of water and eating a diet rich in whole foods, vegetable and fiber along with plenty of filtered water helps to keep constipation at bay. Additionally, routine colon hydrotherapy will keep your colon in tip top shape.
FINALLY! Don’t be afraid to take a peek. Look at your stool each time you use the restroom. If you don’t like what you see, focus on your diet. What you put in your body determines what comes out of your body. If you need guidance, book a consultation with digestive specialist and Internal Wisdom owner, Rachael Dardano. She’ll get you pooping like a rock-star in no time!
We’ve got your back(side),
The Internal Wisdom Team
Bristol Poop Chart: Which Of These 7 Types Of Poop Do You Have? (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.thealternativedaily.com/the-bristol-poop-chart-which-of-the-7-types-of-bowel-movements-are-you/