This week’s topic is Poop!!
Did you know?
1. Food passes through 30 feet of intestine before it comes out as poop.
2. The average human will produce 9,000 lbs of poo over the course of their life.
3. A healthy poop should look like a torpedo and be easy to pass.
4. Poop is 75% water and the rest is made of dead bacteria that help us digest our food, living bacteria, protein, undigested food residue, waste material from food, cellular linings, fat, salts and substances released from the intestines and the liver.
5. Fecal microbiota (poop) can be transplanted from a healthy donor into a recipient’s gastrointestinal tract. The purpose is to replace good bacteria that has been killed or suppressed, usually by the use of antibiotics leading to serious health conditions.
6. In the bristol stool chart above it is type 4 you should be aiming for.
Ok, so now I have your attention here is the information you need to know about poop.
Poop comes in a range of colours. However, brown is considered the norm. It becomes brown in a complex process which involves bile being metabolized by the bacteria in our intestines (bile is a yellow-green fluid that breaks down fats). It is also influenced by what we ingest. If your poop is a different colour consider what you have ingested over the last 24 to 72 hours. Did you eat beets recently, take iron supplements, or perhaps ate black liquorice All of these and many more could change the colour of your poop. If you have ruled these factors out and your poop is black (could be bleeding in the stomach or in the first part of the small intestines), light-coloured, (could indicate a bile duct obstruction) yellow, greasy, foul smelling poop (could indicate a malabsorption disorder such as celiac disease), or bright red poop (could mean blood is coming from the lower part of the digestive system such as the large intestine, rectum or anus) it may be time to see your doctor.
I mentioned the shape it should be and that it should pass easily, but what if it doesn’t. What if you suffer from constipation. If you have less than two to three bowel movements per day you are constipated. It is very important to understand that constipation can cause significant health issues as toxins are not being eliminated from your body. If this is something you are suffering from please do not use laxatives reach out to me and I can help you with this very uncomfortable condition.
Finally, what we all want to know about is how should poop smell. It is going to smell bad as it contains bacteria, dead cells, mucus and undigested food. However, if there is a significant change to the way your poop smells and it persists or it is an unusual odour do not ignore it. Consult your doctor.
Just keep in mind medication can also effect the smell of your poop.
Hopefully, this has given you some information to ponder and say hmmm about.
If you want to know anything more specific regarding poop or anything else please reach out and I will answer any and all questions.:)