you do not want a huge hospital bill all because you didn’t go to the bathroom. So what can Your Poop Tell You About Your Health? What exactly is a bowel movement? Or put it simply, why do we poop? Your stool passes out of your body through the rectum and anus. Another name for poop or stool is feces. Feces is made up of what is left over after your digestive system, which includes your stomach, small intestine, and colon, removes the nutrients that it needs, as well as like cellular debris waste.
So in other words, whatever your body doesn’t need it’s essential to get rid of it. Think of it like your body’s, like, garbage disposal unit effectively ridding your body of what it doesn’t require. Pooping is the way that we do this. But here’s the kicker. Sometimes bowel movements aren’t normal. That’s when people usually go to the emergency room.
Five Things You Need To Know That Your Poop Tell You About Your Health
The Pencil-Thin Poop
You probably already know normal poop tends to be brown, soft to firm in texture, and, most importantly, passes fairly easily. If you or somebody you know experiences changes in the poop, you should definitely read what’s happening and consult a doctor if it hasn’t gotten back to normal in a period of say two weeks or so.
But all that being said, if you find yourself going from a normal bowel movement to your poop-looking pencil-thin, Houston, we have a problem. A stool that is occasionally very thin is not a cause for the crazy amount of concern. It’s likely due to muscle contractions in the large intestine as it helps to concentrate the waste. But if there’s a sudden and consistent change in your stool that’s always being thin, it could mean that there’s a blockage in your colon and you should see your doctor.
Oily Or Greasy Stool
It’s difficult to flush it down where you have to weigh it down with a bunch of toilet paper. It could be a signal that your body is not able to properly digest fat. The consistency changes could be caused by an infection or something like celiac disease or a problem with your pancreases, such as pancreatitis, or even some form of cancer. Definitely check with your doctor if your stool continues to look oily or greasy over a period of time.
Black And Tarry Stool
If you find yourself with black and tarry toilet matter after you go to the bathroom, the most common cause is taking iron supplements or even medications that contain bismuth. Think Pepto-Bismol, for example. However, it could also mean that you are losing blood somewhere in your gastrointestinal tract, say in your stomach or high up in your small intestine. If this black and tarry look to your stool occurs somewhat frequently and you aren’t taking iron supplements or occasionally a swig of the pink stuff, definitely reach out to your doctor.
Color Changes In Your Poop
No doubt one of the most common concerns people is their poop changed color. So, if your stool went from brown to, say, another random color of the rainbow, The color of your stool is greatly impacted by not only the foods that you eat but also the kinds of bacteria living in your colon. For instance, did you know that if you eat beets, the next day your poop will turn reddish in color?
There are a lot of food colors added to what we eat and drink. You know if you eat blue frosting for your birthday cake and your tongue turns blue. Think of your stool as the same type of thing. It is reflective of what you eat and, of course, it is also going to change. In general, the change of the color of your stool is not typically the most major cause of concern, but if it starts to appear black or bloody, this could definitely mean a problem with the digestive system. That’s when there should be a cause for concern and you should consult a doctor.
Yep, if you find your toilet filled with tiny rocks or pebble-like poop after you visit the bathroom, this is a sign of constipation. Constipation is a condition in which a person has uncomfortable or infrequent bowel movements and/or when the stool passes through the large intestine too slowly. Did you know that about 4 million people in the United States have frequent constipation or they’re regularly backed up? And this results typically in about 2.5 million doctor visits annually. Many home remedies are available for Constipation.
.And just because you kind of sorta went to the bathroom doesn’t mean you are still not constipated. And if you’re going less than three times a week to the bathroom, that equals being constipated. If you’re not getting enough water, which helps you go to the bathroom regularly, waste in the large intestine can become even more concentrated as the body absorbs water in the large intestine, over time making the situation even that much worse and will make you even more constipated and even cause a blockage. This leads me to an even more important question.
How Often Should You Be Going Bathroom?
Everyone’s bathroom schedule is different and can also be greatly affected by things like stress, work schedule, travel, and so on. So if you’re someone who regularly goes three to four times a day, that could be normal. Whereas someone else may only be going three times a week. The reality is everyone is different, but to really maintain a healthy balance, you should be going about once a day, or you should be able to see what you ate yesterday in your fecal matter today.
Meaning like a piece of corn, not just undigested food. If you miss your poop signal, not like your Bat-signal, but if you miss your window of opportunity when your body is kind of telling you or urging you to go, it gets your system behind and out of rhythm and can lead to things like feeling bloated or gassy. And then the more you get backed up, the more your body becomes constipated or even has a blockage of some sort.
So, it’s super important to always listen to your poop signal and make time to go. If you find yourself a little irregular, give yourself time when you wake up in the morning to just sit and have time for this process.
What if you still can’t go Bathroom?
If you still find yourself with trouble going to the bathroom, We recommend a few things. The first is changing up your diet and exercise routine. The more fiber and leafy greens that you add to your diet, the chances are likely higher for you to maintain a healthy bathroom routine. If that doesn’t fully work for you, try getting up and moving. Try things like going for a walk or trying out other forms of cardio, like bike riding.