When it comes to our digestion, it’s fair to say that what we eat, and the amounts we eat, can play a big role in determining what happens next. What happens next is a slightly unpleasant subject to discuss, yet it’s an extremely important subject to discuss too. Yes, we’re of course talking about our bowel movements. If you've ever been unfortunate enough to experience problems with your bowels, constipation or diarrhea for example, then you’ll know just how uncomfortable these problems can make your day to day life.
However, regarding our bowel movements, there is so much more to discuss than simply two pretty common ailments that affect a vast percentage of the human race at some point in their lives. There’s also the fact that we can learn so much about just how healthy we actually are, simply by looking at our stools. If your stools are regularly anything other than ‘normal’ then you may have underlying health issues to contend with, or at the very least, may have to make a few changes to your dietary habits.
What is considered to be a ‘Normal’ healthy stool?
As unpleasant a topic as it may be, we can’t simply bury our heads in the sand and ignore these matters altogether. If we wish to live the healthiest lifestyle we possibly can, we need to learn how our bodies work, and how we can improve them. When we’re unhealthy on the outside, it’s pretty obvious right away.
Tell tale signs of a visibly unhealthy person are the fact they’re overweight, may have bad skin, teeth, or hair, or have visible markings such as rashes perhaps. But what about on our insides? Without sophisticated medical equipment, we’re literally in the dark on how healthy we are on the inside, yet our stools can provide us with vital clues and information which could help us learn how healthy or unhealthy we actually are.
As far as normal healthy stools go, ideally, every bowel movement should be regular, at least once a day, and should be easy and pain free. As far as appearances go, they should be medium to light brown color, and should be a medium thickness sausage or snake shape, that is relatively smooth on the surface. As far as odors go, the odor shouldn't be foul to the point that your entire bathroom needs airing out. Obviously it won’t smell great, but it shouldn't smell repulsive or overly offensive either.
How about unhealthy stools and bowel movements?
As far as unhealthy bowel movements are concerned, there are several tell-tale signs to watch out for. Firstly, the fact that you’re not regular, and go whenever your body feels like it, sometimes without going for days at a time. If your experience any pain or discomfort, this is a tell-tale sign that something isn’t right. As far as appearances are concerned, any other color apart from medium to light brown is a warning sign, and should you find or pass any blood, you should seek medical advice immediately, just to be on the safe side.
Stools which are uneven, in odd shapes, or lumpy and cracked are also signs that your digestion or your diet may not be quite right, so watch out for those. White or pale stools for example, could be signs that you have a bile deficiency, which could point to serious conditions such as pancreatic problems, whilst yellow stools could indicate gallbladder problems or the presence of infection.