Today I want to talk about something that isn’t so very sexy…some people really don’t like to talk about it…
(If you’ve rather listen to this than reading, here’s a link to the youtube video.)
What I’m talking about is poop!
Have you ever wondered why sometimes your poop sometimes slides out of you so easily and other times you strain to get it out?
Why sometimes it forms in the toilet like soft-serve without even having to push and other times it is little tiny pebbles that you strain to get out?
If you are thinking, “nope, I’ve never thought about my poop before Heather” or “yup, I think about it every time I poop”….either way, this is for you!
In order to feel amazing on a consistent basis, it’s really important to know what’s going on inside of you.
And, one of the best ways to know what’s going on inside of you (aside from getting things like blood tests ) is to know what’s coming out of you.
For those of you who get grossed out by it, I have to tell you….everyone poops (I know you know that, just a friendly reminder)!
It’s a great way to see what is going on in your body and what it needs so, suck it up and start looking at your poop.
If you are one of the people who already do look at your poop—good job!
So, how do you know what is what when it comes to poop?
There’s a chart for that!
The Bristol Stool Scale to be exact.
The Bristol stool scale is a diagnostic medical tool designed to classify the form of human feces into seven categories. It is used in both clinical and experimental fields.
The Bristol Stool Scale is a scale of 7 different kinds of poop, that has pictures that you can see so you can determine exactly what kind of poop you are having and what it means.
I’ll give you a brief rundown & then you can google away if you want to learn more!
Type 1 is the hard lumps, almost like nuts, that you strain and strain for and barely anything comes out. Think “rabbit terds”. Type 1 is basically constipation.
Constipation can happen for many reasons. Of course diet is the biggest culprit (another culprit can be from holding in emotions…but that’s for another post 🙂) If you aren’t consuming enough whole, real foods (you know, like the ones I’ve been talking about that have been touched by the soil, sun & water) and drinking water you will more than likely experience this.
Medications can cause constipation and I’ve also worked with clients who were emotionally constipated and in turn, were physically constipated.
Type 2 is sausage shaped but lumpy. It’s still hard to pass but not as hard as Type 1. Type 2 is also a form of constipation.
Type 3 is like a sausage but with cracks on the surface.
#3’s typically don’t require much straining or any pain. Afterwards, you feel satisfied, like you’ve gotten everything out.
And, FYI, this is how pooping should feel!
Type 4 is like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft.
#4 comes out really easily, it has a clear, definite form that doesn’t break apart.
What makes #3’s #4’s is the amount of fiber in your diet and the water you’ve consumed. Also, the amount of fat you consume affects the kind of poop you have.
Type 5 Is soft blobs with clear-cut edges; it also doesn’t involve any straining at all but it falls apart easily.
According to what I’ve read about the Bristol Stool Chart, it might be on the spectrum of normal for some people but it can also be related to irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance or artificial sugars.
Type 6 Is fluffy pieces with ragged edges…this is a mushy stool.
#6 is not considered diarrhea because it’s not just water.
This is definitely not normal…..although for some people they believe that it is normal because it’s all they know.
If this is the case for you, #6 could possibly mean that you’re not absorbing vitamins and minerals well.
If this is something that is not common for you, it could be a food allergy or intolerance. Or it could be because of medications.
Type 7 Is is classic diarrhea—watery, no solid pieces and is all liquid.
This is where you have to run to the bathroom because you feel like your sphincter is not going to do its job.
This can happen if you’ve traveled to a 3rd world country and drank their water & have an infection….or, if you haven’t done that, it could be that you ate something that’s giving you food poisoning or it could also be a food allergy or sensitivity.
Either way, diarrhea is not something that you want to experience for more than a couple of days because you can end up dehydrated….
So, what “should” our poop be like?
I was told by a Chinese doctor that our stool should come out of us as a solid form & break apart when we flush it.
According to the Bristol Stool Chart, Type 4 & 5 are where you want your poops to be.
While we are on the topic of poop….let’s talk about its smell.
Most people believe that it’s normal for poop to stink.
For those of you who have really awful smelling poop, I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but it’s NOT supposed to smell dreadfully awful!
Poop is undigested food, bacteria, mucus, and dead cells—It’s normal to have some smell but not so bad that others can’t use the bathroom right after you.
It usually smells bad because of bacteria and possibly parasites.
Diets that are high in sugar create stinky poop because the sugar is fuel for the “bad” bacteria in the digestive tract—when these “bad” bacteria are fed sugar, they produce gases like hydrogen and methane, which cause poop to stink.
Certain foods like meat and cruciferous veggies, (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts) & eggs cause stinky poop because of the high sulfur content.
Medications and food intolerances can cause stinky poop as well.
Reducing the amount of sugar you consume, increasing the amount of water you take in, taking digestive enzymes and probiotics and getting regular exercise are great ways to get your poops to be consistent #4’s & #5’s and not stinky.
I can promise you—from a girl who used to have the stinkiest #6’s all the time to being a consistent #4 & #5 without stinking up the place—It is possible to have great, healthy poops!
Today’s Tip: Check out the Bristol Stool Chart to Always to see what your poop is telling you about your health! Then, go back to tips #1-9 and adjust your diet accordingly so you can have easy non-smelling poops!