Believe It Or Not, Your P.o.o.p Can Tell If You Are Healthy Or Not!
Although a lot of people find it uncomfortable to talk about their p.o.o.p, it’s very important to know certain aspects of it because it can reveal a lot about one’s well-being. Defecation is a crucial bodily function. When there is a change in bowel movements, it may be a consequence of changes in one’s diet; however, it could also be a sign of the body’s fight against an infection, or, a sign of a more serious disease or condition.
The s.t.o.o.l is around 75% water, whereas the rest is a combination of fiber, dead and living bacteria, different cells, and mucus. A normal p.o.o.p is usually smooth and soft, elongated, and whole. The texture should be uniform and the p.o.o.p should be S-shaped. This shape comes from the shape of the lower intestine. When it comes to healthy p.o.o.p color, it is definitely medium to light brown.
- Small and hard lumpy p.o.o.p – this may be a sign of acute inflammation of the small intestine. This type of s.t.o.o.l is usually small, abrasive, and solid, with a diameter of 1 to 2 centimeters. This type of s.t.o.o.l may occur in people who have been taking antibiotics and it usually causes anal bleeding.
- Sausage shaped p.o.o.p with lumps – this s.t.o.o.l is very difficult to pass and may also cause anal bleeding. The diameter is between 3 to 5 centimeters and it is common among people who suffer from IBS.
- Sausage shaped s.t.o.o.l with cracked surface – this p.o.o.p is very similar to the previous one. The main difference is that this one is processed faster.
- Sausage-shaped p.o.o.p, smooth, and soft – this kind of p.o.o.p is normal and it’s common among people who defecate once in a day.
- Soft blobs of s.t.o.o.l with defined edges – this type of p.o.o.p is present in people who defecate more than once per day after major meals.
- Fluffy p.o.o.p with ragged and torn edges – this s.t.o.o.l has a soft texture and it may be a potential sign of high blood pressure and stress.
- Diarrhea type of s.t.o.o.l – this p.o.o.p is similar to ordinary diarrhea; however, it happens in conjunction with constipation. Depending on the odor and color, this type of poop may be showing that the body is suffering from some disease or condition.
- Black or bright red s.t.o.o.l – this p.o.o.p is a sign of bleeding in the GIT.
- Pale brown or white s.t.o.o.l – this may be a symptom of hepatitis, cirrhosis, or pancreatic disease.
- Yellow-colored p.o.o.p – usually, the p.o.o.p is yellow when a person has gallbladder issues.
Here are a few easy tips that we suggest to support your gut:
HYDRATE. Unless you have a renal or cardiovascular issue that limits your water intake, most adults need to be drinking, at least, 68oz (2L) of fluid each day. This helps to soften the s.t.o.o.l and enables fibre to work properly so that p.o.o.p can move through your insides and evacuate easily.
USE A GOOD QUALITY PROBIOTIC. The friendly probiotic bacteria in our gut play a big role in digestion, immune function and keeping our intestines healthy. However, pesticides, antibiotics and many other factors affect our probiotic populations. A probiotic supplement can help to replenish our friendly gut bacteria and keep our digestive system happy!
FIT IN ENOUGH FIBER. There are two types of fiber that we need in our diet; insoluble fiber is the ‘roughage’ that bulks up our s.t.o.o.l.s and ‘sweeps’ through our insides. Soluble fiber absorbs water and softens the s.t.o.o.l. Getting enough of both types of fiber is important for making perfect p.o.o.p!
SQUAT IT. Before artificial toilets were created, humans once squatted to void their bowels. This position naturally compresses the bowel walls and assists with gentle pressure to move bowel motions through. While we don’t suggest that pooping in the wild again is by any means a solution, propping your legs on a small s.t.o.o.l under your toilet seat can help to mimic this natural process.
You Can Detect If You Are Healthy Or Not Base On The Color Of Your Urine – 7 Warning Signs!
Not many of us are paying attention to the color changes of our urine. You can tell a lot about what is happening to you if you know what the changes of the color and the smell of the urine mean.
The urine contains urea and uric acid, salt and water, in other words it can be called the waste in a liquid form. Through the urine we are able to get rid of the toxins from the blood and the liver, so a healthy urine will mean a healthy body.
The urine can be very affected due to big changes in the organism like foods, medications, illnesses and other things. The normal color of the urine should be pale yellow or gold, that way you will now that it is healthy. The thing or pigment, that is making the urine look that way is urochrome.
Therefore the color of the urine can change depending on the things you do or do not. For example if you drink less water than you should, the urine will have a darker color and become more concentrated. So dehydration leads to making the color of the urine amber.
If You See Red in the Bowl
The most common reason why you would see red urine in the toilet bowl is because you ate something that tinted your pee. It could include blackberries, red beets or rhubarb. When the color is pink or red, it typically occurs because of an issue known as beeturia. The compounds in the food end up in the urine because they are not fully processed in the kidneys.
In most cases, the color will go away within a day or so but if it persists, you may want to have it checked by a physician. Persistent red pee could mean blood clots in the kidneys or bladder. They are rare, but you would want to get checked just in case.
If You See Orange in the Bowl
Just like your skin can turn orange if you eat too many carrots, so can your pee. Overdoing it means you’ve delivered yourself a heaping dose of beta-carotene, which is then excreted in urine. The over-the-counter UTI treatment phenazopyridine (Pyridium) and the blood thinner warfarin can also result in orange pee. The good news, Shaw says, is you know you’re taking these meds and a good doctor will give you the heads-up ahead of time to expect color changes so you don’t freak out. If you see more of a neon or fluorescent orange, though, something could be up with your liver, Shaw says, especially if you notice a yellowish tint to the whites of your eyes.
If You See Neon Yellow in the Bowl
Do you take vitamins? You might see a fluorescent yellow color staring back at you from the toilet bowl. Certain vitamins, including the B vitamins will tint your pee this bright color. This isn’t a cause for concern but it can be frustrating to pay so much for vitamins and then flush them down the toilet.
If You See Green in the Bowl
Have you ever noticed that smell when you pee after eating asparagus? Yeah, you know what I mean. Apparently, it can also tint your urine green as well. There is also a type of UTI (Proteus infection) that can turn your pee green, as well as a bug that can cause kidney stones (ouch!)
If You See Blue in the Bowl
If you have too much calcium in your body (hypercalcemia), it can turn your pee blue. It is rare but if it happens to you, talk to your doctor.
If You See Brown in the Bowl
Porphyrias are a rare class of disorders that typically involve sensitivity to light and can sometimes lead to brownish urine due to the way red blood cells are broken down in the bodies of people with the condition. It’s likely another never-in-his-lifetime scenario, Shaw says, but if your brown pee is accompanied by abdominal pain, rashes, or seizures, it’s possible you have the genetic condition. As blood breaks down, it can appear more brownish, Shaw says, so brown pee could also be a sign of something serious, like a tumor. Or if you’re a huge rhubarb or fava bean fan, you might also notice cola-colored pee after you’ve eaten those foods.
If You See White in the Bowl
Infections often show up in the toilet bowl in different colors but sometimes, they turn the urine milky white. This could be the sign of a serious UTI or even a kidney stone. I don’t want to alarm you but it basically means that you are peeing puss. Talk to your doctor and get things cleared up soon.
There is one thing to remember if you notice anything different about your pee. It is not typically something to worry about but if it is persistent, talk to a doctor. It may just be a tweak of your diet or water intake but in some cases, more aggressive measures are needed. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Source: prevention.com, http://goodfullness.net