7 Things Your Poop Says About Your Health

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7 Things Your Poop Says About Your Health

I sure know you don’t waste time looking at your poop before flushing down the WC, talk less of talking about it, but do you know your poop could say something about your health? Poop can give you the best clue to your health.

You need to get familiar with how your normal poop looks like so that you can easily spot problems earlier – when they are easy to treat. However, you do not have to go overboard with little day-to-day changes. Instead, look for consistent changes. That is because depending on the types of food or drinks you have been consuming, you may observe temporary abnormalities that won’t last for more than a day or two. But, if you notice a change that lasts a week or more, and you are unable to link it to any recent diet change, make a quick appointment with your doctor. Talking about your bowel movements may not be your idea of having great fun, but it just might be a lifesaver.

Below are seven things your poop could be saying about your health;

1.      If your poop is hard, in pieces, and you have to strain to pass it – This may mean you are suffering from constipation. Some people assume that if they use the toilet every day, then they are not constipated. But, if your stool is consistently hard and comes out in pieces rather than a soft, single piece that should come out without much effort, you may be constipated. The most common cause of this is inadequate fiber intake. The recommended fiber intake per day is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. Ensure that you keep a food journal for a week to study how much fiber you’re taking in. if you’re falling short, build up your diet with additional fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, seeds, and whole grains.

2.      If your poop is bright red or black – This may be as a result of bleeding in your gastrointestinal tract. Blood in the stool is due to either hemorrhoid, ulcer in the stomach or colon cancer. Your poop color sometimes matters a lot. It is very critical you alert your doctor anytime you notice blood in the toilet bowl.

3.      If your poop floats instead of sink – This means you have excess gas in your digestive tract. Maybe you have been taking a lot of beans, cabbage, sprouts, or very large meals, it’s is perfectly normal to perfectly okay for stool to float instead of sink, you should not worry much about it. However, if this becomes more common for you or you discover an oil-slick appearance, it may mean something is preventing your body from absorbing fats from food. For instance, infection or inflammation in your pancreas could prevent you from producing enough digestive enzymes. Also, an infection or a food allergy could be damaging the lining of your intestines that’s affecting absorption. You should request a stool sample test from your doctor to see if there’s fat that shouldn’t be there.

4.      If your poop smells like eggs or sulfur, and you have diarrhea – It may mean you have giardia. This parasite’s most favorite place is in fresh water, so if you have gone camping, went swimming in a lake, or drank unpurified water recently, you may have contacted the bug along the way. The problem is not always as obvious as you may think. You could feel fine, but otherwise, have diarrhea for weeks or even months. Take a stool sample test from your doctor to diagnose it, and some certain antibiotics can treat it.

5.      If your poop is very loose, but not diarrhea – You may have celiac disease. According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness in America, this disease only affects 1% of the population and it is estimated that 83% of people who suffer from celiac disease don’t know they have it. Signs in your stool may be one of the major (and possibly the only) symptoms you have it. With celiac disease, your body is unable to accept gluten, a protein in barley, and wheat. Consuming gluten damages villi (the tiny, finger-like protrusions lining your small intestines) and you are incapable of absorbing nutrients from the foods you eat. This adds to the loose stools you could experience several times a day. Meet your doctor on whether you should be tested for celiac disease. Switching to a gluten-free diet can enable absorption, firm up your stools, and address any other related symptoms such as fatigue, bloating, pain, depression, or rashes.

6.      If your poop is very thin – This could also mean you are constipated, or be an indication of rectal cancer. Poop shape also matters. If you observe a pencil-thin stool for one day or two, there’s no need for concern. It may be that you are constipated and straining a lot, which prevents muscle in the anal sphincter from opening and can narrow the way stool comes out. The addition of more fiber to your diet can help. But if this pattern continues, it could indicate rectal cancer. Make a sharp appointment with your doctor. A colonoscopy can discover what’s going on. With rectal cancer, the tumor is fixed and rigid, and encircles the rectum so there’s less space for stool to squeeze through so it appears very thin and stringy.

7.      If your poop is liquid, explosive, and a seaweed green color – This may mean you have a Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection. C. diff is a normal part of the flora in your digestive tract, but taking antibiotics can kill off the good bacteria that normally keep C. diff in check. As a result, the bacteria may multiply uncontrollably and cause serious stomach complications that can lead to dehydration, hospitalization, and in extreme cases may be deadly. Reach your doctor immediately. If you’re on a medication of antibiotics, find out if you should stop.

These seven cases are the reasons why you should give your poop a second glance before you flush because it could say a lot about your health. Monitoring changes in our body like poop can aid quick discovery of anomalies before so that it can be treated quickly before it gets chronic.

I hope this helps, stay healthy!

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