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Bristol Stool Chart

Bristol Stool Chart

Which Type is Best and Why?

Type 4 is the easiest stool to pass and demonstrative of a healthy colon. Stools should glide out smoothly and cause no discomfort. When you sit down to use the bathroom there should be no delay.

Are You Backed Up?

Every time you eat you should poop. This means that most people should poop from 1 to 3 times per day, not week. It is common for fecal matter to back up in the colon causing pain and discomfort. Proper elimination is a sign of colon health. If your body is storing excrement, something is wrong. Symptoms may include headaches, bad breath and skin problems. If your fecal matter backs up it can cause a traffic jam in your colon allowing the body to re-absorb toxins it was trying to eliminate. A diet rich in whole foods and plenty of filtered water helps to keep constipation at bay.

The Well-Formed Stool

The well formed stool is the result of proper consumption and digestion. If you consume a diet low in fiber and high in processed foods, your stools will be malformed. Healthy stools do not contain undigested food parts. If they have undigested parts, it usually means that we chewed our food too quickly or we have insufficient acid for the breakdown of food parts. Many people in America are hooked on antacids which actually result in a depletion of stomach acids. To counter this, try drinking warm lemon water in the morning.

What About Floaters?

Floaters are good, they indicate a healthy amount of fiber and essential fatty acids. Most people are lacking in healthy fats, and this will cause stools to sink immediately or be malformed. Contrary to what you may think, not all fats are bad. Healthy fats are, in fact, essential. If your stools are sinking like a torpedo rather than hanging around on the top of the surface of the water a while, consider adding some ground flax to your daily diet. It goes great in cereal, salads or smoothies.

Take a Peek

Go on… take a peek the next time you use the bathroom. If your stool is less than perfect, work on your diet. In the end, what comes out your back end is the result of what you put in your front end. Keep this in mind as you make wise and healthy food choices.

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