Do you ever question whether your poop is normal, or wonder what normal even looks like? Are you worried you’re going to the bathroom too much, or not enough? When it comes to what a normal poop should be like, there are so many questions, but unfortunately there really isn’t one ‘golden-ticket’ answer, as everyone is different. Some people have three bowel movements a day, others have two. Some people have lumpy poops and others more soft.
Understanding the health of your own poop is important in understanding your overall health, so the next time you go to the bathroom, make sure you have a look! We should all look at our poop once we go and analyze what’s coming out, even Oprah said so. We all know the importance of what we put in our bodies, but sometimes we’re not as mindful of what comes out.
If you’re by any means questioning your digestive health, the doctor – whether it be a naturopath or your general practitioner – is your first place to seek answers. Maybe you’ve been wanting to discuss the state of your poop health but are embarrassed to talk about what’s going on in the bathroom. Don’t be. Doctors aren’t phased, they want to know what’s going on with your bowel movements, as it’s a huge indicator of what’s going on in your body. For example, if your poop is super hard to pass and resembles little rocks or rabbit poop, aka Type 1 poop, (see photo below), you might be very dehydrated. Or, if you often have diarrhea, aka Type 7 poop, you might be dealing with stress or even an allergy. If you’re worried about the colour of your poop, about undigested food or the amount you go to the bathroom, it’s probably best you see a doctor. AND, if you ever see blood, go to the doctor asap. Remember, you are your own advocate and if you’re unsure about your health, the doctor is the place to go.
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