These are the 5 secret answers of your poop for good health, and you must pay attention!
As I was walking my dogs the other day, it occurred to me that had a significant impact on my life. I have no qualms about admitting it. Every day, I clean up after my dogs, scoop my cat’s litter box every day, and talk to my customers about their bowel motions.
So, if you’re a pet owner, parent, health care provider, or foreign traveler, you’ll understand what I’m talking about!
However, not everyone gets to talk about this so, let’s speak about all the things that people want to know the answers to but are afraid to ask.
After all, your poop is a vital sign of your general health!
What exactly is poop?
Have you ever wondered just what is? Water makes up about 75% of the average excrement, though this varies depending on the person. As fecal material moves through the large intestine, water is absorbed, thus the longer you take to “go,” the drier your feces will be.
Dead bacteria that aid in digestion, alive bacteria, protein, undigested food residue (also known as fiber), waste material from food, cellular linings, lipids, cholesterol, salts, protein, and chemicals secreted from the liver and intestines make up the remaining 25%. (such as mucus).
What Makes a Poop Healthy?
Your feces are a good measure of yours.
“At the end of the day, you can assess your body pretty efficiently by looking at what comes out of your body,” Dr. Mehmet Oz explains.
So, what should you be on the lookout for? Healthy feces will look like this:
The color is golden brown and is caused by pigments produced by bacteria in the stomach and bile from the liver. Make sure the color is normal because it can reveal a lot about what’s going on in your digestive system (more on a color below).
Forming a single lengthy form. According to Dr. Michael Levitt, an Australian colorectal surgeon who wrote The Bowel Book, healthy human feces has the form and consistency of an unripe banana (but not the same color). “You don’t want [parts], says Dr. Oz.”
Some experts argue that they do not need to be well-formed. According to Patrick Donovan, N.D., a naturopath in Seattle, Washington, “Logs don’t have to be perfectly formed to be used as stools. They can spread and break down in the toilet water.”
It’s almost odorless. 18 inches long and 1 to 2 inches in diameter.
What About Colors That Aren’t Black and White?
We don’t always see the “golden guru,” and are instead confronted with something else. Here’s a hint as to what the other colors could imply.
Feces can be black if dried blood from internal hemorrhage in the upper digestive tract is present. If this is the case, see a doctor.
Dark Brown Feces: If you drank wine the night before, your may be dark brown. This could also be the result of too much salt or a lack of vegetables in your diet.
Yellow: is caused by an infection known as giardia, which is a severe infection that can spread to others.
A disorder known as Gilbert’s syndrome could also be the cause of it. If you’re experiencing yellow feces on a regular basis, consult your doctor.
Green: When babies are given food for the first time, they frequently have green excrement. Certain illnesses or consuming food coloring might cause green or blue feces in children. Adults who consume high amounts of green, leafy vegetables or foods containing green food coloring may experience green feces. Excess sugar in the diet could cause light green feces.
If bile salts pass through the colon undamaged, green feces can occur with diarrhea. If you’re worried, go consult a doctor! After consuming barium sulfate, which is commonly administered to patients having an X-ray of the digestive tract, feces can appear white or pale. A white or pale stool could be an indicator of gallbladder or liver disorders.
Bright red feces may indicate active bleeding, which could be the result of hemorrhoids. Eating bright red food coloring or red foods like beets might give you a magenta color.
How Often Do I Need to Poop?
The key question, of course! The frequency with which a person should do it is a point of contention among experts.
Three times a week, according to the National Institute of Diabetes, Kidney, and Digestive Diseases, is typical and healthful for certain people.
Once a day is recommended, according to Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing method. Others recommend bowel movements once or twice a day, while others recommend bowel movements two to three times a day or within two to three hours of a heavy meal. As you can see, it all depends on whomever you speak with. In my opinion, the most important thing is to be consistent with your pooping pattern, and one each day is optimal.
Diarrhea occurs when a person does it four or more times a day and the excrement is liquid inconsistency. Constipation occurs when someone does it less than two or three times per week and the excrement is firm, dry, and difficult to pass.
Corn: What’s the Big Deal?
It’s amusing, thus it’s acceptable to laugh. However, the majority of individuals I know have had this experience and wonder why it is that when you eat corn, it appears in your feces the next time you do it! This is due to a number of factors. One is that most of us do not chew our food thoroughly.
Another fascinating fact I discovered is that corn has an indigestible cellulose layer on the outside. Because the outer covering is indigestible, it falls off the inner kernel and passes through the gut intact.
It, therefore, appears to be an entire kernel, despite the fact that it is only the outer skin. The inside of the kernel is starchy and digestible, and we are able to chew and digest that portion.
So, hopefully, you now have a much better understanding of this crucial topic. That’s all there is to it when it comes to poop!