Do you ever wonder if your poo looks good? You may prefer not to look back, but there are plenty of reasons to do so! If you don't regularly go to the toilet for a big errand (or have to run to get there on time), if your poo is a crazy color or not the right consistency. How often you go to the toilet for a big message, the color, shape, size and consistency of your poo can tell you a lot about the health of your body.
What is normal poo?
Poo is basically waste, you have put food into your body, you have taken out everything you need and what is left you poop out again. Before that happens, a lot of physical processes precede it. Your blood sugar, stomach acid and enzymes that are produced, muscle movements, bacteria that go to work and much more. And if one of these processes does not go as it should, it has an effect on your digestion and therefore also on your stool.
How often do you go to the bathroom for the big message (that's how we call it in Dutch)?
If you look at a baby (who is still completely pure and relaxed), you will see that it poops after almost every feed it gets. For us, going to the toilet 1 to 3 times a day is considered normal. Not everyone is the same, of course, so it will be different for everyone. One goes directly in the morning after getting up, the other only goes in the evening. For your health you want to go to the toilet at least 5 or 6 times a week. If you go less it means that you have constipation. Especially if you often suffer from stomach pain. Even if you go to the toilet more than 3 times a day, it is a sign that something is not quite right.
What does good shit look like?
My favorite topic: A good turd should actually consist of one piece and whether it looks like a nice cigar, a beautiful “S” or a fantastic banana, that doesn't matter to me. You make such poop by eating enough fiber and drinking enough (there is a good chance that you are constipated and drink too little!), Because water ensures that your poo is creamy.
How long will it take for your meal to come out again?
Do you want to know how long it will take for you? Then eat beets once and see if your stool is pink / red the next day. Healthy shit doesn't take forever to get out. Optimal is 12 to 48 hours.How long should a poop last?
Healthy stool doesn't hurt, doesn't break into lots of small pieces, and you don't have to push hard for it. It should be really easy, you feel urges, you can calmly walk to the toilet (you could even hold it up for a while, but you don't want that!) And after you poop, it feels like your bowels are empty ( and even now they don't hurt nor burn!). This whole process should only take a few minutes.
Diarrhea or Constipation?
If your stool is watery and you have pain in your stomach, it may be that you have contracted a virus or the flu or that you have eaten something with a parasite or the wrong bacteria or you may be very nervous about something.Diarrhea that lasts longer can also mean that you have a gluten intolerance or allergy (celiac disease), are lactose intolerant, have a leaky gut. Have Crohn's disease or Ulcerative Colitis. That is why it is important if you have diarrhea for a long time to see your doctor.
Constipation, on the other hand, is something that many people suffer from. Often these people experience abdominal pain, bloating, and wind a lot. It can be caused by all kinds of things. Constipation can be due to a lack of fiber, a lot of stress, a gluten intolerance or it may be hormone-related (just pay attention just before your period).
Red, purple, white, gray, green or brown?
Regarding the color: Medium to dark brown is the intention. The color of poo is determined by, among other things, what you eat, how many enzymes you produce. If it is green only once, consider whether you have eaten a lot of green food the previous days. Your poo will also turn green because of that. In addition to green stools, if you suffer from stomach pain and diarrhea, it may be that something is not quite right.
Black, red, purple, gray or white:
Black poop can mean internal bleeding (Iron supplements can also cause black stools). If this persists for more than 2-3 times, it is important to consult your doctor.Red or purple poop can come from, for example, beets. But if you have not eaten these at all, you will want to keep an eye on this and possibly have it checked by your doctor.Gray or white poop means that there is little or no bilirubin in the stool. . It shows that there may be a problem with the liver or the bile in the form of.
5 causes of abnormal stools:
1. Deficiency of fiber. It is the fibers that make your stool look like a cigar (they keep things together), that it is creamy (they absorb moisture). Especially if you suffer from constipation, you should pay close attention to your diet. Meat, cheese and sweets contain little or no fiber! Vegetables, on the other hand, are bursting!2. A lot of stress, this affects the nerve cells in your intestines (pain), motility (diarrhea), the permeability of your intestines (intolerance, etc.), your digestion (production of stomach acid) and how well you chew your food. .3. Wrong diet: Certain foods, if you eat a lot of them or if you are sensitive to them, can cause inflammation. Examples are dairy, gluten and sugars.4. Hormonal changes. Women are more likely to suffer from this than men. Their stools can change during the month depending on their cycle, whether they are pregnant, hormonal medications, or menopause.5. Parasites. They eat your food and bind to the mucous membrane where they can cause inflammation. They can cause both diarrhea and constipation, and they can make you feel very tired.Do you recognize yourself in one of the above descriptions and would you like to discuss it once. Then sign up for a free session!