In this article we shall write about something that most people do not even to talk about it or even consider it as a fact. There is a fact that in one’s life span a person produces five tons of stool, amazing isn’t it. Believe it or not but stool is important for your health, therefore you need to look back at your poop so that you can recognize certain signs that your body gives to you. Otherwise, your health also goes down the drain.
Before You Press the Flush Button Look, Listen and Smell
Certain things that you usually do not consider are the size, shape, color, and other stool features which are important factors about your overall health. For instance, if your gastrointestinal system functions properly, or if there is an infection, digestion issues, and even cancer.
Not only the color, smell, shape, size tells you how your gastrointestinal system functions, but also the sound it makes when falls into the water, specifically if it is a “sinker” or a “floater” which believe it or not are all important information.
We shall present you two lists of what is healthy and what is unhealthy stool. These two listings will help you to recognize certain signs, and about which ones you should be alarmed. However, if you have a change in stools accompanied by abdominal pain, please make sure to make an appointment with your physician.
- The colour should be medium to light brown.
- Formed in one long shape, not in lot of pieces.
- Smooth and soft.
- Size in 1 to 2 inches in diameter and up to 18 inches long.
- The shape should look like S similar to the shape of the lower intestine.
- The sound should be quiet and gentle when it falls into the water with a little “whoosh” sound. It shouldn’t be loud with a heavy splash so that you need a shower.
- The smell should be natural not repulsive, and for surely it won’t smell good.
- Uniform texture.
- The sinking should be slowly.
- Painful, difficult to pass and needs lot of straining.
- Occurrence of hard lumps and pieces; mushy and watery; or pasty meaning difficult to clean off.
- Narrow, with a shape like pencil or ribbon, it is a sign for bowel obstruction or tumor; the worst case scenario would be colon cancer; occurrence of narrow stools not so frequently should not concern you, on the other hand, if they continue, visit your doctor.
- Stools with black or bright red colour, as well as a tarry ones might mean bleeding in the GI tract; however, black stools can also come from some medications, supplements or eating black licorice; if you have black, tarry stools, visit your doctor.
- Stools with white, pale or gray colour might mean a lack of bile, which is a sign for serious health issues like cirrhosis, liver disease, pancreatic conditions, or a blocked bile duct, so visit to a doctor is a must; also antacids may produce white stool.
- Stools with yellow colour might mean occurrence of giardia infection, a gallbladder problem or Gilbert’s syndrome which asks for doctor’s visitation.
- Traces of undigested food especially if accompanied by diarrhea, weight loss, or other bowel changes.
- Appearance of floaters or heavy splashers.
- Increased mucous in stool which can be linked to Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and colon cancer, particularly if accompanied by blood or abdominal pain.
How about the odor?
The Bristol Stool Chart is also a very useful finding about your stool. Healthy stool should be about Types 3, 4 and 5, meaning “like a sausage or a snake, smooth and soft” to “soft blobs that pass easily.” Type 4 is the Holy Grail.
If the odor of your stool is really bad, you shouldn’t ignore it as it can be linked to many illnesses such as: Cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s illness, Chronic pancreatitis, Celiac disease and a malabsorptive disorder.
Movement of Bowels
This really depends on the person, what is actually normal and regular for you, three bowel movements every day to three weekly. This range is thought to be normal.
Anotherimportant thing is whether you move your bowels with ease or you should put effort to it. It actually should be effortless like urinating or passing gas.