Don’t underestimate poop because reports say that your poop can actually tell a lot about your health.
Changes in bowel movement could be due to modification in one’s diet, a telling sign that your body is fighting an infection, or that it is dealing with a serious condition.
Dr. Eric Esrailian, section head in general gastroenterology of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, stated that “Bowel movements are important for your health because they are the body’s natural way of excreting waste from the body.”
Dr. Bernard Aserkoff of the GI Unit in Massachusetts General Hospital said that bowel movements are usually brown in color because of the bile produced in the liver.
A normal poop is typically smooth and soft in appearance and should be elongated and uncut. Its shape should look like an ‘S’ and the texture should be even.
These are the different kinds of poop and what they really signify about your health:
1. Small and hard and lumpy
Having this kind of poop may be a sign of acute inflammation in the small intestine. This poop is usually small, abrasive, and solid in appearance, with a diameter of 1-2 centimeters.
It may occur with people who have been taking antibiotics and this stool usually causes anal bleeding.
2. Sausage-shaped with lumps
This stool may also cause anal bleeding, with a diameter of 3-5 centimeters. It is common in people who suffer from IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, according to Medline Plus.
3. Sausage-shaped with cracked surface
This has a very similar appearance to the previous one, but the main difference is that this is released by your body faster.
Smooth in appearance and soft in texture, this poop is considered normal and common among people who defecate once a day.
5. Soft blobs with defined edges
This poop is common among people who defecate more than once a day, especially after major meals.
This kind of poop is similar to the one released during diarrhea, but it happens in conjunction with constipation. This may be a sign that the body is suffering from a disease or condition, depending on the odor and color.
7. Black or bright red
This poop indicates bleeding in the GIT, or the gastrointestinal tract – the stomach and the intestines.
8. Fluffy poop with ragged and torn edges
This stool has a soft texture and may be a potential sign of high blood pressure and stress from the person.
9. Pale brown or white
This indicates that the person may be suffering from hepatitis, cirrhosis, or even pancreatic disease.
This poop means that someone is suffering from gallbladder issues.
The smell of poop can also determine if someone has pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, or problems with the digestion and absorption of food.
If you detect any change in your stool’s appearance or smell, then it may be time to consult the doctor to see if you have any health-related issues.
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