Bowel movements are the end result of your body taking the nutrients it needs from the food you eat and eliminating what's left. It's important for your health because they are the body’s natural way of excreting waste from the body.
When it comes to frequency, color, shape, and size, a general rule of thumb is that normal bowel movements are defined as what’s comfortable for you. But being knowledgeable about your digestive process can help you identify when normal goes awry.
Type 1: Separate hard lumps, like little balls (hard to pass)
Type 2: Sausage-shaped, but lumpy
Type 3: Like a sausage but with cracks on its surface
Type 4: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft
Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges (passed easily)
Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces. Entirely liquid
COLOR OF STOOL
Green: Food may be moving through the large intestine too quickly, such as due to diarrhea. As a result, bile doesn't have time to break down completely.
Light-colored, white or clay-colored: A lack of bile in stool. This may indicate a bile duct obstruction.
Yellow, greasy, foul-smelling: Excess fat in the stool, such as due to a malabsorption disorder, for example, celiac disease.
Black: Bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract, such as the stomach.
Bright red: Bleeding in the lower intestinal tract, such as the large intestine or rectum, often from hemorrhoids.
So how do you achieve the perfect poop?
- Chew your food! Shoot for 27 chews per bite. It should be a paste before you swallow.
- Eat until you are 80% full. Overeating is a massive burden on the digestive system.
- Remove all sources of gluten from your diet (the most common sources are wheat, barley, rye, spelt and other grains)
- Eat a diet that includes whole foods, rich in fresh, organic vegetables and fruits that provide healthy nutrients and fiber; most of your fiber should come from vegetables, not from grains
- Avoid artificial sweeteners, excess sugar (especially fructose), chemical additives, MSG, excessive amounts of caffeine, and processed foods, as they are all detrimental to your gastrointestinal function.
- Boost your intestinal flora by adding naturally fermented foods into your diet, such as sauerkraut, pickles, and kefir.
Source: Life Hacker