OK look, I know this post is going to warrant some cringes, some comments, and some ewwws, and some of you may refuse to even read it. But the fact of the matter is everyone sneaks a peak, I don't care what you say, and you so should be. It turns out that what you leave behind in the restroom is good indication of your health and can tell you if you need to drink more water, if you are consuming too much fat in your diet, or if you are deficient in certain nutrients. Take a look at the Poo Chart below which I obtained from the website of my favorite nutritionist Jillan McKeith, who's BBC show "You Are What You Eat" is, I believe, the best health show on TV....
TYPE 1 Separate hard lumps, like nuts. Harder to pass
This indicates that you have a lack of fibre, insufficient fluid intake and a slow transit time. Increase your intake of water, herbal teas, raw fruit and vegetables, cooked grains such as brown rice, quinoa and millet, sprouted pulses, flax seeds and olive oil. Avoid meat, dairy, wheat, eggs, refined carbohydrates and sugar.
TYPE 2 Sausage shape but lumpy
This indicates the stool has spent too long in the colon. More water and fibre are needed. Increase your intake of water, herbal teas, fruit and vegetables, cooked grains such as brown rice, quinoa and millet, sprouted pulses, flax seeds and olive oil. Avoid meat, dairy, wheat, eggs, refined carbohydrates and sugar.
TYPE 3 Like a sausage but with cracks on the surface
the cracks on the surface indicate that the stool maybe a bit dry. Increase water intake.
TYPE 4 Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft
This is a healthy bowel movement that is easy to pass - well done!
Type 5 Soft blobs with clear cut edges which pass easily
This may indicate that your bowels are moving a bit too fast. This can lead to nutrient deficiencies and dehydration. Increase your fibre especially from cooked whole grains such as brown rice, millet and quinoa. Supplementing with probiotics may well improve digestion and absorption. Psyllium husks can also improve bowel movements.
TYPE 6 Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
Again, the mushiness indicates that insufficient water has been re-absorbed from the stool, indicating a rapid transit time and poor absorption of nutrients. This may be caused by poor diet, food intolerances and/or an imbalance in gut bacteria. Eat whole grains as indicated above. Avoid having too much fruit, raw vegetables and juices for a while. Supplement with probiotic capsules or powder to repopulate the gut with good bacteria.
TYPE 7 Watery, no solid pieces. Entirely liquid
This is not good and probably indicates an infection of some kind. Get checked out by your doctor. Eat well cooked brown rice and home made vegetable soups to replace lost electrolytes. Make sure you replace lost fluids with water or herbal teas. Probiotics can help to repopulate the gut with good bacteria.
If you have addressed these issues and had little success then please consult with your Medical Doctor.
Healthy Boy x
Healthy Boy x