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  What the 7types of Poop Say About Your Health admin 2017-03-16 964  

What the 7types of Poop Say About Your Health

Trying to deduce what your deuce means shouldn’t be rocket science just gastroenterology. Researchers at the University of Bristol devised a visual reference called the Bristol Stool Scale that ranks your poop from 1-7, each of which says something different about the state of your digestive system. Chances are you’ve experienced each and every one of the types. But do you know what they mean, or what to do about them? Click through to find out what your poop is trying to tell you.


Hard little individual pellets mean you could be dehydrated or constipated. Dr. Anish Sheth, gastroenterologist and co-author, with Josh Richman, of the book "What's Your Poo Telling You", says that "short-lived stool changes" can be due to "diet and stress," so managing those two factors can help relieve discomfort. Drinking more water and eating food high in both soluble and insoluble fiber (like broccoli, artichokes, berries, and whole grains) can help.


Solid, lumpy pieces (like a nut-filled candy bar) also signal dehydration and constipation. "Drink more water, check thyroid, [and] take magnesium 400mg every night," says Deborah Malkoff-Cohen, a registered dietitian and nutritionist. "Magnesium increases water in the colon, making stools ofter and easier to pass. It also relaxes the walls of the intestine which helps with motility." Need some help drinking more water? Check out this article for tips.



"Poo-phoria," says Dr. Sheth. A big log with few cracks on the surface is a healthy poop. You should be producing one of these per day. "Once a day is recommended as poop is essentially garbage. It's the waste products of your foodwhatever cannot be used by the body in some form is pooped out. So holding it for days before eliminating is not ideal. Conversely, if you're going more than 3x per day, that can signal other issues," says Dr. Malkoff-Cohen.


A long, smooth poo situation, like a snake, also signals good digestion. "Should be easy to pass with minimal straining/pushing," says Dr. Malkoff-Cohen.


Signal low soluble fiber consumption, imbalanced gut bacteria, or a gastrointestinal disorder. See a doctor if symptoms persist longer than a day or two.


Mushy, oatmeal-like poop is another telltale sign of diarrhea or intestinal inflammation. Keep eating fiber and introduce bacteria-rich foods, like yogurt and kombucha, to keep regular. Dr. Malkoff-Cohen says, "Think BRAT diet: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. These foods can help firm up the poo."


Watery poop is a nightmare. Another signal of a lack of fiber, food poisoning, bacteria imbalance, gastroenteritis, food allergy or intolerance. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Again, if you’re not back to solid stuff within 48 hours, consult your physician.

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