Health clues aren’t hard to find. Some of the most glaring can be found in the most basic things you do (or should be doing) daily: taking a poop. Yep, your toilet is filled with secrets.
When you know what to look for, you may be able to detect health problems early enough to stop them before they become an issue. Prevention. Prevention. PREVENTION!
If you don’t currently have any poo to review and are feeling all the miserable side effects of constipation, check out these lifestyle changes to get you back in the flow.
Below is my basic guide to discovering what poop can reveal about your health. Next time you need to do some business, pull up this blog post on your phone and look, listen, smell—then flush!
Your poop bares all. For example, if your stool is on the softer side (almost to diarrhea), artificial sweeteners or a bad reaction to fructose or gluten may be the culprit. You want to shoot for Types 3, 4, and 5 on the Bristol Stool Chart.
Color: Healthy = light to medium brown. Unhealthy = black (could be from medications) or red (may indicate bleeding in the gastrointestinal/GI tract). White, pale, or gray may indicate a serious problem. Please see your doctor if this happens.
Texture: Healthy = smooth, quiet, and one long piece. Unhealthy = hard pieces or mushy/watery. Mucus in your stool could be a sign of an inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, especially if accompanied by blood or abdominal pain. This is another stool sign to review with your doctor.
Smell: Healthy = Not repulsive (no poop smells like roses). Unhealthy = An odor you can’t ignore—should not be ignored! Nasty smells could be associated with Celiac disease, Chronic pancreatitis, Cystic fibrosis (most concerning for babies), etc.
How often: Healthy = 3x/day to 3x/week.
Increased bowel movements can be a sign of: hyperthyroidism, Crohn’s disease, IBS, medication side effects, GI, Ulcerative colitis, etc.
Decreased bowel movements can be a sign of: pregnancy and other hormonal disturbances, IBS, neurologic disorders, colorectal cancer, hemorrhoids, hypothyroidism, lupus, problems in the rectum, etc.
While no one can be perfect at anything, a few simple changes and additions can help you experience close-to-perfect bowel movements and an overall healthy lifestyle.
Drink up to happily push out: Hydrate—I can’t stress enough how critical it is to drink alkaline and purified water ALL day long. Pause your reading and drink some water right now!
Check your gut: It’s all about GUT HEALTH! When your gut is sick, your whole body (mind and soul) is greatly impacted. Your poop may be the first to yell this out!
Mind your minerals & greens: Good nutrients, minerals, and fiber are critical to fueling your body for optimal health. Adding nightly Acid-Kicking Minerals and daily Acid-Kicking Greens are a quick and effective way to ensure your body is getting exactly what it needs to experience your best health ever!
Make moves: Our bodies are not designed to sit in front of computer and TV screens all day and night. Get up and get moving—hiking, walking, lifting, swimming, and, of course, rebounding.
Get Off Your Sugar: Artificial sweeteners, MSG, excess sugar (especially fructose), excessive amounts of caffeine, and ultra-processed foods are all detrimental to your gastrointestinal (and immune) function. To get the sour truth on sugar and simple solutions, order your copy of Get Off Your Sugar today!