Many people are not comfortable talking about their poop, but you will be surprised how much your poop can tell you about what’s going on inside your body.
A lot of things can go wrong in our bodies because they are complex organisms. Symptoms of temperature, pain, fatigue, and depression are clear signs that there is trouble afoot, but your poop can be a sign also.
There can be tell-tale signs of certain aspects of your internal health, such as the color of your stools, their consistency, their size, and their smell. We will categorize the different types of poop and explain what each means. There are seven types of poop and there is even a perfect poop.
The perfect poop;
If you have a perfect poop, then that is a sign that everything is well on the inside. The average stool consists of water (approximately 75%) and solid matter (approximately 25%). But the solid matter can be divided into dead bacteria, indigestible food matter (fiber and cellulose), cholesterol, and other fatty substances.
According to what you have eaten and drunk, the exact make-up and appearance of your stools will vary to a certain degree. The time needed to digest food and create poop is somewhere between 18 and 72 hours.
Stool type 1 – Small, hard lumpy stools;
These stools can be a sign of acute disbacteriosis, an inflammation of the small intestine. These lumps of poop are from one to two cm in diameter and are small, abrasive, and solid, and because of the fact that they are solid and somewhat scratchy, they can be quite painful to pass and it can cause anal bleeding. Anyone with a treatment of antibiotics, or anyone who is on a low fiber, or fiber-free diet can have these types of stool.
Stool type 2 – Sausage shaped stools with lumps;
This stool is combined with type one stools impacted into one single stool and their diameter is between 3 and 4 cm and they occur through constipation. They can remain in the intestinal tract for several weeks. These stools are difficult and painful to pass, and they, given their solidity, may cause bleeding in the process. People who are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome can have this type of stool.
Stool type 3 – Sausage shaped stools with a cracked surface;
Type similar to the previous one, but one that is processed faster, and is indicative of constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.
Stool type 4 – Sausage shaped stools, soft and smooth;
Someone who defecates once per day can have this type of stool and this type is pretty close to perfection because it is one to two cm in diameter and that indicates short transit time and good fiber content.
Stool type 5 – Soft blobs of poop with well-defined edges;
This poop has a diameter between 1 and 1.5 centimeters, and it is as close to perfection as you can get to. Anyone who defecates two or three times per day can have this poop.
Stool type 6 – Fluffy stools that have ragged, torn edges;
A stool very soft in texture and if a person is not close to the bathroom, it can cause problems. And it is very difficult to clean with toilet tissue, it is best if you use a bidet. Any person with high blood pressure and stress is likely to have this type of stool.
Stool type 7 – Diarrhea type – loose.
Children and the elderly can have this type of stool because it is similar to ordinary diarrhea, but it is called paradoxical diarrhea, due to the fact that it happens in conjunction with constipation, accompanied by stool type 1.
Not only do the size, shape, and consistency, but also the color of the stools can be symptomatic. It can be an indicator of various conditions. One normal healthy stool that doesn’t indicate any problems is a medium/light brown color. The color of the stools that indicate any problems can be black, tar, or bright red, very pale brown, gray, or white and yellow.
Black, tar, or bright red colored stools: This is an indication for bleeding in the GI or anal tract, and you need to consult with your doctor immediately. People can have black stools because of certain medications, various health supplements, and after eating black licorice.
Very pale brown, gray, or white stools: The lack of bile can cause this odd coloration of the stools, and if you take antacids, you can have white stools. They indicate problems such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, and pancreatic illness, all serious conditions and if you have these stools, then you should immediately see your doctor for a check-up.
Yellow-colored stools: If you have these stools, then it is likely that you may have a problem with your gallbladder, a giardia infection, or known as Gilbert’s syndrome.
Poop does not smell nice, but however, there is some nasty smelling poop and they can be indicative of a problem with absorption, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, pancreatitis, and cystic fibrosis.
If you know how to interpret your stools, that can be a real lifesaver.
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