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What Does Your Poop Color And Shape Reveal About Your Health?

If your toilet was technology driven, you would get to know the performance of your gut and digestive health every morning (or whatever time that nature call sends you rushing to the toilet) you relieved yourself in the arms, oops lap, of that toilet bowl. But this idea has still not struck anyone yet perhaps and hence, we take it as our responsibility to update your knowledge on poop matters in a textual format until technology enters your toilet. Here’s a summary of some important information on what your poop says about you. Take a little peep into the toilet bowl the next time you poop to self-diagnose your digestive health. Beware of the fecal matter ahead….

The indicator of digestive health.

Your bowel movements are the best indicators of your digestive health as they occur at the end of the digestive process. Frequency, color, and form of the poop are the three main factors to be looked into when deriving information about your health.

How often do you poop?

Some of you may be passing stool twice or thrice a day while some may not be daily visitors of the toilet. The frequency of your poop depends on your eating habits and lifestyle. However, at least one visit daily to the toilet (to poop) is considered optimal.

Poop shape and consistency.

The shape and consistency of your poop can reveal a lot about your digestive health. Continue reading to know more. 

Cracked and sausage-shaped.

Stool that is even and round in shape (like a sausage) but has cracks on its surface indicates a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet. It requires a little pressure to be ejected out of the body but does not accompany pain. It is normal and not a cause of worry.

Mushy poop.

If you see a mushy stool with ragged edges that resemble a pudding shape and consistency, then consider it a warning sign of diarrhea. This kind of stool tends to be a result of stress or a significant change in diet or lifestyle.

Soft blobs.

Soft blobs with defined edges are indicative of a lack of fibre in the diet.

Hard lumps.

Poop that has refused to pass through your intestines and spent more time sitting in your body than usual, becomes a little painful while bidding you adieu. It is passed in separate, hard lumps that resemble the shape of pebbles and indicate severe constipation.

Firm, lumpy, sausage-shaped.

When your poop decides to stay a bit longer in the intestines, it becomes a little dry, firm, and lumpy. This form indicates slight constipation.

Smooth, soft, sausage-shaped.

Resembling a soft-serve ice-cream (though the metaphor doesn’t fit the bill well), this kind of poop that is sausage-shaped and remains intact as flushed, is considered the ideal type.  

Liquid poop.

When the small intestine is irritated or inflamed, it forces the liquid into small intestines in an uncontrollable manner, which causes the poop to become runny as it hasn’t been processed efficiently. This is indicative of a severe diarrhea condition.

What is your poop color?

The color of your poop that is another important factor to be considered while doing a diagnosis of your "poop health". Look at this chart (image) and see what your poop color indicates.