What Does Your Poop Look Like?
What does your poop look like?
That’s the most important question doctors should be asking!
I’m not saying that doctors never ask their patients what their poop looks like, but in my personal experience and that of my clients and friends, they definitely don’t ask that question enough!
My life would have turned out very differently if JUST ONE doctor had asked me what my poop looked like. Before age 39, I don’t remember ever having a normal poop. It came out either in tiny little balls or diarrhea. Nothing in between.
I only felt better after a bowel movement if I’d just had diarrhea. Otherwise, I wasn’t having complete movements. I was completely bloated. I didn’t actually know what it felt like to have a nice, healthy poo until I started trying to kill Candida at age 39!
Now, I have 2-3 healthy poos per day, and afterwards, I feel like can fly!
No child should have to grow up not knowing what that feels like.
It is our doctor’s responsibility to make sure that every child has healthy poos.
But since they seem to be dropping the ball on that, I’m going to do my best to shout it from the rooftops as loudly and as often as I can.
Here we go!
Bristol Stool Chart
I actually believe that instead of those “got milk” commercials from the 1980’s, they should’ve been looking out for our health (not the health of the government subsidized dairy industry) and doing TV commercials displaying the Bristol Stool Chart.
Then they could’ve asked questions like, “What does your poop look like?” and said things like, “If you’re not usually around a #4, there might be something wrong with the things you choose to put in your body.”
Whoa, THAT would NOT have gone over well!
What about you?
Where do you usually fall on the Bristol Stool Chart?
For most of my life, I was at #1. I was pooping every time I used the toilet, but it looked like those tiny balls. One of my ex boyfriends used to call it “rabbit turds.” lol
Since I was rabbit turding 9 times per day, I didn’t know I was constipated! I thought that being constipated meant that you barely ever pooped. It’s so embarrassing to think that I was close to 40 when I figured out that I’d been constipated for most of my life.
Just to be clear, being constipated means that you go 24 hours or more without pooping or that you rabbit turd regularly.
There are also those who have a lovely #4 poo every few days. You guys are constipated too.
Ideally, a person will poo at least 2-3 #4 poos per day. That is one indication of a healthy digestive tract.
Constipation is a symptom that something is not right
Our bodies talk to us in a variety of ways, incuding through our poop! Investigating what your poop looks like is the number one way to tell if there’s something out of balance in your body.
For me, constipation was a symptom of a slowly moving digestive tract due to a low functioning thyroid and a low amount of Bifidobacteria (a type of healthy bacteria that help the poo move down the digestive tract and out the back door).
If you have chronic constipation or diarrhea, it’s not a disease in itself. It’s a symptom of a bigger problem. It’s a good idea to find a good health coach, naturopath, or functional medicine doctor to help you sort out the root cause and remove it so you can have normal poops and be more comfy in your skin.
Constipation is harmful to the body
A lot of people think that constipation is just an uncomfortable fact of life, nothing more. That is SO FAR FROM THE TRUTH!
Constipation is harmful to the body in so many ways! I’m just going to discuss one here: toxicity.
Think of your digestive tract as the garbage disposal of your body. It begins at your mouth and ends at your anus. You ingest food and drink through your mouth, which contains nourishment for your body as well as toxins such as harmful bacteria, viruses, chemicals, and so on.
You begin to digest the food and drink as soon as it passes your lips. You chew, swallow, and pass the food through your esophagus and into your stomach. The acid in your stomach continues to break down the food and kill most of the harmful microbes.
If your body’s garbage disposal is working efficiently, it will usher the harmful microbes through to the poop shoot and out your back door. (more stuff happens on the way, but I’m making this simple and focusing on toxins for this illustration)
When your garbage disposal (digestive tract) is clogged or moving slowly, your body reabsorbs some of the liquid from your poo along with toxins and harmful microbes that were supposed to go out your back door.
Now this stuff is floating freely in your blood stream and can cause damage to tissues as well as headache, fatigue, joint pain, brain fog, etc.
A clogged, slow digestive tract is also a great place for yeast to thrive and flourish.
Some common causes of constipation
Gut bacteria imbalance
Insufficient water intake
Insufficient fiber intake
I already mentioned that my constipation was caused by low thyroid and a gut bacteria imbalance. Those are 2 very common causes of constipation that can be easily remedied by eating fermented foods, taking probiotics, or, in the case of the thyroid issue, taking supplements that support the thyroid or getting a prescription for thyroid meds from your doctor (who probably won’t ask you what your poop looks like).
Insufficient magnesium is another very common cause of constipation. Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral that we all should be getting sufficient amounts of from the fruits and veggies that we eat. Unfortunately, with current farming practices, there is rarely an abundance of minerals in the soil. With insufficient minerals in the soil, it’s unlikely that we will have sufficient minerals in our fruits and veggies.
So, you can fix this problem by growing organic veggies in your back yard. Or you can add some powdered magnesium citrate to your evening routine. Magnesium citrate has been found to relax the bowels to allow the poo to flow freely as well as relax the body and mind for better sleep.
Here’s a yummy, high fiber, warm salad. That’ll help you poop!
Creamy Broccoli Salad
8 cups Broccoli (chopped into florets)
1/4 cup Red Onion (finely sliced)
1/4 cup Tahini
1 Lemon (juiced)
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
2 tbsp Water
1/3 cup Sunflower Seeds
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and drop in your broccoli florets. Cover with a lid and boil for 2 – 3 minutes, or just until slightly tender. Strain and run under cold water.
Roughly chop the florets into pieces and add them to a large mixing bowl. Add in the red onion.
In a small jar, add the tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt, black pepper and water. Shake vigorously until well combined. Pour over the salad and toss well.
Sprinkle sunflower seeds over top of the salad and serve.