Today’s topic may seem gross, but it’s important so I’m writing about it anyway. As someone prone to anal fissure and piles, lately I’ve been reading up on bowel
movements. I wound up learning more about poop than I had bargained for.
We pee every day and poop almost daily, so they
may seem like mindless activities not worth examining. However, did you know that your poop and pee can provide useful insights to your health? Here’s a useful infographic to understand more about your poop and pee:
I want to draw your attention to the more serious parts:
Generally Types 3 and 4, especially 4, are considered ideal. Types 1 and 2 represent constipation, Types 5 and 6
are making their way to become diarrhea, while Type 7 means you’re having diarrhea (argh)! Use this as an aid to assess the condition of your bowel movements.
Passing pellet-like or hard poop?
Types 1 and 2, you are lacking dietary fiber. Introduce more fruits and vegetables and water into your diet. Increasing fiber intake without sufficient water intake will still cause constipation. And that doesn’t mean eating two
bananas and drinking one more glass of water and declaring yourself done — you need to make this a permanent lifestyle shift, unless you enjoy being constipated, which none of us do!
your poop is dark red or
, not black specks but entirely black stool, there’s a case for concern. While these colors may be diet-related (black stools
can come from consuming certain medications, supplements or black licorice while red stools can
come from eating beetroot, tomatoes, cranberries and food with red colorants), they can also be a sign of bleeding in your gastro-intestinal (GI):
lower GI like the small and large intestines if your stool is dark red, and upper GI like the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum if your stool is black as it suggests blood that has been mixed with digestive juices and has been in your body for a while.
Bleeding may be an indication of serious conditions like
after wiping (from a bowel movement), it may mean an anal fissure or piles/hemorrhoids. This
happens to me sometimes. Anal fissures and piles aren’t a case of concern, but they certainly aren’t comfortable. Again, include foods with more fiber like fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods; drink plenty of water; have regular exercise
(to keep your body healthy); and use a soft brand toilet paper or if you use wipes, avoid those with fragrances or alcohol. Read more on WebMD:
is often a sign of lack of fluid intake, so drink more water.
Generally the problem for most of us is a lack of fiber and
fluid intake. While there are fiber supplements out there in the market, I recommend natural solutions, i.e., eating the real thing, anytime any day. Increasing fruit and vegetable intake isn’t hard — it’s about making a commitment.