Some people say that we are what we eat, but many assume that it all ends with the moment we ingest the food of choice. One question that is worth answering is whether the concept of quality poop is based on anything or if the term has only a magnetic resonance but no substance.
Food goes through different stages and nutrition is a complicated process that results in the cells extracting everything they need from the food we eat.
Digestion starts in the mouth and speeds up in the stomach and intestines, with the remaining being discarded after it passes through the large intestine. At the end of the journey, the waste rests in the rectum from where it is eliminated, ideally on a daily basis.
In the best case scenario, the waste has a light brown color and is relatively soft, with three-quarters of it being water, and the rest consists of dead and live bacteria as well as indigestible fiber in the same percentage.
To determine whether a poop is healthy or not, it is worth looking in the toilet to see the result of digestion, and there are a couple of potential outcomes.
A soft turd that looks more of a snake and has a light-medium brown color that is eliminated without any effort and pain and without making a splashing sound. The toilet paper is not particularly dirty after you wipe it.
This is the best case scenario, and the characteristics above suggest that your poop is healthy and you have found the ideal nutrition. It is very likely that your daily diet consists of vegetables and fruits and you are not a big fan of processed food or dairy.
This is also a good sign because it means that you probably exercise daily, or at least you don’t have a sedentary life.
When instead of going to the toilet once a day, you do it twice per week or less and eliminating the poop causes pain and effort, it is also possible to see tiny drops of blood on the toilet paper.
Eliminating it can be painful, and it takes a while to complete a process that was supposed to be quick and painless, not to mention that the result is tiny marbles of dark color.
The first thing that you need to do is to drink more water, because you’re probably dehydrated, due to a large intake of coffee. It is also a sign that you don’t eat enough vegetables and fruits and that you don’t exercise enough, which causes bloating and cramping in addition to a persistent sensation of tiredness.
Cut down on the doughnuts, fries, and coke, while finding the time to walk short distances on a daily basis and ramp-up fiber consumption.
The size of your poop is a sign of a stressed colon, and if you see bright red blood on the toilet paper, this is a sign of hemorrhoids. They are unlikely to go away unless you change your lifestyle and if they cause pain and are persistent, it is imperative to visit the doctor.
It is also dangerous to do nothing about this condition because the effort you make to eliminate the poop will also put a lot of pressure on your heart, which is dangerous if you have an underlying condition that you are not aware of.
Last but not least, so much effort can even bring you to tears, which is the direct result of strain.
Your poop doesn’t have a bland texture and you can distinguish stuff in it. Sometimes they sink and sometimes they float.
This is a clear sign that your digestion was incomplete and you found it impossible to reduce certain foods to their primary components. Cellulose, for example, cannot be digested and the fact that some poops float while others sink, the consequence of containing more gas in the first case or less gas in the second.
Everything looks normal about the poop, except for the yellow or green color.
Sometimes we get scared by things that shouldn’t worry us at all, such as a poop that has a green hue, which is, in fact, the result of eating a lot of spinach. If you drink a lot of Gatorade, you shouldn’t be too surprised to see excrements with a slightly blue color, but if it is yellowish, you need to visit the doctor right away.
This can be the result of a blood disorder or liver issues, and it is just as bad if you have black stools because there is a good chance to have a bleeding in the digestive tract. On the other hand, it is also possible to have black poop as a result of iron supplements or another type of medicine.
Poop that stinks so bad you can’t handle it.
If you eat a lot of meat, spicy beans, and your diet doesn’t include too many vegetables and fruits, you shouldn’t be surprised to see that your poop stinks badly.
Another explanation for this unpleasant situation is that you have fat building up in your stool which is a bad sign because it is supposed to be digested by the enzymes and thoroughly dealt with in the small intestine.
You go to the toilet three times a day and eliminate liquid poop while feeling bloated.
Stress is not to be taken lightly as it is a cause for many common conditions and it can also be the one causing you to go to the toilet more than usually.
Ahead of major events, you are more likely to have liquid poop, but you also need to consider the possibility of viruses causing the inflammation and the corresponding side effects.
Basically water doesn’t get the chance to be reabsorbed, and as a result, your poop is more liquid, and you feel bloated.
At least, in theory, you should be just fine in a couple of days as this is the time that inflammation caused by viruses lasts, but if the situation doesn’t improve, dehydration can occur.
Consult a physician if diarrhea doesn’t end in less than a week or if you also suffer from fever and notice blood in your poop.
Additional facts that you should know about poop.
At one time, it is possible to have up to 25 pounds of poop in your body depending on what you eat.
Remember to put down the lid on the toilet before flushing, as it is possible for small droplets of water to fly out of the toilet and land on personal hygiene instruments such as your toothbrush.
Those who suffer from hemorrhoids should know that people have been using witch hazel for centuries and it is an excellent remedy for this condition.
One way of self-medicating is by soaking cotton balls into witch hazel and leaving them for 10 min on the anus to ease the pain.
If you’re not particularly lucky, then you have probably found your car stained with bird poop, which is white because birds don’t urinate and everything they eat and drink is eliminated at once.
Chemically enhanced foods have the nasty tendency of lingering in your system for years and some say that they are never eliminated.
A German zookeeper who went by the name of Friedrich Riesfeldt suffered an unfortunate accident when an elephant crapped all over him, while he was treating him for constipation.