Poop reflects state of health

Poop reflects state of health
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Poop Reflects State of Health. What you let out each says a lot about your health. Food passes through your system and carried a lot of information on its way out. With the shape, size, texture and smell of your poop, you can identify early problems with your health.

What you let out each says a lot about your health. Food passes through your system and carried a lot of information on its way out. With the shape, size, texture and smell of your poop, you can identify early problems with your health.

Hard and in pieces: You’re constipated. Inadequate input of fibre. Increase your intake of fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds.

Black or reddish: Blood in your stool. Your tract is bleeding. Possible haemorrhoids. Could be stomach ulcer or a colon cancer. Alert your doctor.

Loose, but not diarrhoea: Could be a cardiac issue. Your body is not able to tolerate gluten, and you are unable to absorb the nutrients from your food. Talk to your doctor.

Floating on the water, does not sink: Excessive gas in your digestive tract. Nothing to worry about, but if more common, you could be allergic to certain foods or have an infection.

Smelly: An internal infection or diarrhoea. Could have been something you ate or drank recently. Usually settles within the day, and if not, get the stool analysed and alert your doctor.

Thin and long: May be constipation or a possible infection, leading to cancer. Usually a day or two with these symptoms can be ignored. But if too often, you should alert your doctor.

Green, with liquid texture: It mostly a bacterial infection. Could lead to stomach infections, dehydration, or even severe. Alert the doctor.

Sausage-shaped, but lumpy: Not serious, but need to be concerned. Make sure your intake includes a lot of fluid and fibre.

Soft, but sticky: Too much intake of oil. Your body is not absorbing the fats properly. Not to be ignored if it does not settle in a day or two. Take an appointment with your doctor if concerned.

Sausage-shaped, smooth and soft: You are fine. Great job

None: Be concerned. You are not taking enough water and /or fibre. Make sure you are eating well, else you could end up with constipation.

How often you poop is also a concern. Once to thrice a day is perfectly normal. Too much or too little is a concern.

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