When it comes to digestion, many people are uncomfortable to talk about it, especially if something in it looks wrong, but those changes in your bowel movements actually could mean something is wrong with your body, so it’s good to know something more about it.
Digestive issues are big problem in U.S. Almost 70 million people in the U.S. are affected by digestive diseases and half of that number need home care visits. Some statistics shows that nearly 25 000 people get stomach cancer each year and more than half from it die annually.
Digestive tract contains a lot of bacterial cells, actually, it contain more than the entire body together.
When you have bowel movement and you notice something is wrong with the ‘poop‘, pay attention, ‘poop‘ (smell, type, colour) can be very important health indicator.
Getting familiar with this is normal and can also make it easier for you to spot certain issues earlier, so it will be easier to treat them.
There are seven different types of ‘poop‘ as it ‘is shown in the Bristol stool chart.
Textures of ‘poop‘:
Type 1: Separate Hard Lumps – Definitely dehydrated organism. Lack of fibre and fluids. Drink much more water and consume more fruits and vegetables.
Type 2: Sausage Shaped but Lumpy – Little bit less serious than type 1, just consume more water.
Type 3: Sausage Shaped with Cracks on Surface – Almost normal stool, cracks indicates small deficiency of water.
Type 4: Sausage Shaped, Smooth and Soft – Optimal stool.
Type 5: Soft Blobs (Easy to pass) – Nothing wrong, almost normal, especially for people who ‘poop’ few times a day.
Type 6: Fluffy Pieces (Mushy) – Between normal and diarrhea.
Type 7: Watery – Definitely diarrhea. Mild diarrhea is normal and is when you have maxium few in a day. If you have more than 10, especially more than one day means severe diarrhea. Causes of diarrhea and that way also abdominal pain are, but not limited to: stomach flu, food poisoning, food allergies, lactose intolerance, parasites, bacterial infection etc. Consult with your doctor if you have severe diarrhea.
If your ‘poop‘ have a different color than usual or if it’s mixed with blood, again, the best you can do is to consult with your doctor.
As you noted in the above infographic, it is not good when you have blood in your stool, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have certain health issues or cancer. Red food that looks like blood, stress, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and huge range of possibilities are also reason for blood in stool. However, if this is something which appears very often, then, that is something which doesn’t need to be ignored. Consult with your doctor.
This is all general information and does not substitute advice from a medical professional.