We’re here to talk poop, namely the healthy variety. If talking shop makes you a little squeamish, brace yourself. With headlines about baby poop sausage , poop pills, and personal poop banks appearing in major news, these discussions aren’t going anywhere.
Ready or not – we’re going to talk toilet to you.
Is your poop healthy?
For those of you who have been dodging toilet glances for years, you may have been missing some important cues from your body. No need to make up years of studying, though.
So you don’t have to spend hours studying stool samples with the porcelain gods, we’ve done some research, decoding the signals on your behalf.
Everyone is different, but one or two bowel movements a day is usually an indication of a healthy poop cycle. Now of course, if there is a sense of urgency, pain, or hyperactivity associated with those bowel movements, it’s probably important to delve a little deeper.
When it comes to poop, the healthiest color is brown. Sorry, but you have your liver bile to thank for that. All other varieties are probably an indication of foul play.
“If it’s exiting as a black mass, you could be bleeding internally, says Dr. Bernard Aserkoff of the Massachusetts General Hospital.”
Bleeding isn’t the only thing that can disrupt healthy coloration. If your poo is frequently irregular in color, it’s time to assess your diet, medications, and possibly even visit a specialist.
Although it may seem obvious, healthy poop should exit neither too firm nor too fluid. As a general rule of thumb, your stool should be mostly whole and easy to pass.
Healthy Poop Matters
There are other factors to consider in your poop assessment, but you can read more about those here. The important thing is to start paying attention to what your bowel movements may be telling you. After all, your stool can be one of the indicators of serious health issues such as Crohn’s, Celiac disease, and even cystic fibrosis.
It’s not all bad news, though. If you’re like most of us and just experience sporadic irregularity, there may be some relief from probiotic use.
For more information about probiotics and regularity, tune in for our next blog. Until then, get acquainted with your poop and what it’s telling you.