1. Stool chart
You can know a lot about your healthy by simply looking at your own stool. It is an excellent indicator of the state your body is in currently. You can use the chart given in the next pages to compare and check if you have any health issues, and whether you should seeing a doctor soon.
2. Types of poo
Stool can be of different types, and every different type indicates something different about your health, or it can even indicate that you are completely healthy. Check out the chart below and based on the type of your stool, you should be able to gain insight into your body’s current conditon.
3. Explanation of the various types
The stool’s texture is a good indicator of various health issues. If you find that your stool gets separated into hard chunks, almost the same size as nuts, that means you are not drinking enough water. You also need to consume more fibers, fruits and vegetables.
If it is shaped like a sausage, along with proper consistency, it means you are 100% fine, and don’t need to worry about your health at all.
Liquid stool indicates diarrhea, probably caused by a virus or infection. You need to drink plenty of water, and see a doctor soon.
4. More Types
If there are soft blobs with clear edges, you don’t need to worry too much unless you are visiting the toilet multiple times per day.
Dried cracks in sausage shaped stool means that you are not drinking enough water.
If you find fluffy pieces that appear to be soft, it means you are on the verge of having diarrhea. Drink plenty of water during this time.
Also, if you find that your stool clings to the bowl’s edges, that means you are consuming excessive oil.
5. Explanation of colour types
Brown colour is the natural colour of stool, and it means you are completely healthy.
If the colour is green, it means that you are eating a lot of green vegetables, but your digestive system is not able to digest them properly.
6. More colours
Black stool indicates there is something seriously wrong with your body. It could even mean internal bleeding, which can be caused by ulcers or even worse, cancer. You need to consult a doctor as soon as possible if this happens.
Bile duct obstruction can lead to light coloured stool, and its necessary to see a doctor imediately.
If you find blood in your stool frequently, then it can be an indication of cancer. But don’t worry if it is a rare occurrence.
Also, here is an important fact – Stool is actually composed of dead cells, mucus and bacteria. The food that you eat takes anywhere from 1 to 3 days to become stool. Also, if the stool is healthy, it should sink slowly.
7. More facts about stool
Although it varies from person to person, you should easily pass stool once or twice every day.
Make sure that you are eating lots of fiber and drinking plenty of water, along with moderate amount of exercise.
If you think there is something wrong with your stool, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor.