What do your poops say about you? This may sound like a joke, but you can actually learn a lot about your health from your daily doo.
In this post, I’ll give you the full scoop… on what is and isn’t a good poop.
Has your doctor ever asked you about your poop?
Did your parents tell you what to look for? Didn’t think so.
Hippocrates says that all disease begins in the gut
SO we wanna be sure that what’s coming out of the gut looks good.
There are three main things to look for
Best Bowel Movements #1. Frequency
It’s best to have at least one complete bowel movement a day. You should feel like your bowels have emptied rather than just partially eliminated. Some people have bowel movements 2-3 times a day.
This can be because of faster metabolisms, more robust good bacteria, or the quantity of food they eat. If you are eliminating more than 3 times a day, you are entering into the world of diarrhea which I will address next. Some people will say if you have bowel movements every couple of days it’s fine, but I disagree. This one of our body’s greatest ways to eliminate toxins, acids and other stuff, so it’s best to do daily.
Best Bowel Movements #2. Form
This is important, and it isn’t talked about often. We want to be sure our poops are well formed. This ensures we’ve digested and assimilated the nutrients from our food, and are eliminating acids and toxins properly. Here’s a handy reference called the Bristol chart to gauge your bowel movements.
Type 1: Separate hard lumps, like little balls (hard to pass) Type 2: Sausage-shaped, but lumpy Type 3: Like a sausage but with cracks on its surface Type 4: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges (passed easily) Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces. Entirely liquid
Can you guess where you want to be on the chart?
If you said #4, you’re right! You wanna have nice tubular shape. Think long bananas that don’t break apart when you flush. The Perfect poop comes out with ease, smells more like super-ripe fruit than something terrible, and you barely need to wipe.
It’s better to be a 3 than a 5 or 6
Diarrhea is harder to control and typically stems from harder issues to fix. With diarrhea, you may also have a level of malabsorption going on so you aren’t getting the nutrients you need.Continue Reading >> Page 2