1. Stool chart
You can know a lot about your healthy by simply looking at your own stool. It is an excellent indicator of the state your body is in currently. You can use the chart given in the next pages to compare and check if you have any health issues, and whether you should seeing a doctor soon.
2. Types of poo
Stool can be of different types, and every different type indicates something different about your health, or it can even indicate that you are completely healthy. Check out the chart below and based on the type of your stool, you should be able to gain insight into your body’s current conditon.
3. Explanation of the various types
The stool’s texture is a good indicator of various health issues. If your stool gets separated into hard chunks, almost the same size as nuts, you are not drinking enough water. You also need to consume more fiber, fruits, and vegetables.
If you are not able to drink water regularly or set up a healthy eating routine because of your work or lifestyle, you can consider taking supplements to balance your vitamins and rehydrate your body. Oral supplements can give you great results, however, you might need to use them for some time to see the results. Fluid supplements also give great results, but the process is very short, and you might see the results immediately. Ask your nutritionist or a dietitian or simply google to help you understand what are the types of IV fluids therapy and which one of them you need the most.
If it is shaped like a sausage, along with proper consistency, it means you are 100% fine and don’t need to worry about your health.
Liquid stool indicates diarrhea, probably caused by a virus or infection. You need to drink plenty of water and see a doctor soon.
4. More Types
If your stool is sausage-shaped but consists of a few bumps, it means you need to include more fibers in your diet and also drink more water, but other than that, you are completely fine.
If there are soft blobs with clear edges, you don’t need to worry too much unless you visit the toilet multiple times daily.
Dried cracks in sausage-shaped stool mean that you are not drinking enough water.
If you find fluffy pieces that appear soft, you are on the verge of having diarrhea. Drink plenty of water during this time.
Also, if you find that your stool clings to the bowl’s edges, that means you are consuming excessive oil.
5. Explanation of colour types
The colour of the stool can also tell quite a lot about your body.
The brown color is the natural color of stool, and it means you are entirely healthy.
If the colour is green, it means that you are eating a lot of green vegetables, but your digestive system is not able to digest them properly.
6. More colours
If the colour of the stool is yellow, that means that you are consuming excessive fat.
Black stool indicates there is something seriously wrong with your body. It could even mean internal bleeding, which can be caused by ulcers or even worse, cancer. You need to consult a doctor as soon as possible if this happens.
Bile duct obstruction can lead to light coloured stool, and its necessary to see a doctor imediately.
If you find blood in your stool frequently, then it can be an indication of cancer. But don’t worry if it is a rare occurrence.
Also, here is an important fact – Stool is actually composed of dead cells, mucus and bacteria. The food that you eat takes anywhere from 1 to 3 days to become stool. Also, if the stool is healthy, it should sink slowly.
7. More facts about stool
Although it varies from person to person, you should easily pass stool once or twice every day.
Make sure that you are eating lots of fiber and drinking plenty of water, along with moderate amount of exercise.
If you think there is something wrong with your stool, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor.