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What your poop says about your Gut Health

As an activity that all of us do every day, pooping is much less talked about than it should be. This is especially important, since your poop is a great indicator of your internal health. Poop is mostly just made up of undigested foods, salts, bacteria and various substances produced and released by your intestines.

How often you poop, and the nature of your poop itself, can help you understand what your body needs. For example, an average healthy person poops every other day to 1-3 times a day. But a lesser frequency than this means your body needs more hydration.

Here’s a reference below for you to understand the different poop type, what it means, and what you can do about it. 

Poop personalities and what they mean:

Sausage (normal)
This is the gold-standard of poop type as it indicates regular bowel movements and easier movement. Having a diet with adequate fibers and having a hydrated body helps in having better bowel movements. Skip spicy food, alcohol, added sugars to maintain a healthy digestive system.

Have fruits like apples, strawberries, nuts & grains, whole wheat breads, vegetables like beans and carrots added to your diet.

Snake (normal, but more hydrated)
This poop type also indicates a healthy gut, but is more hydrated with a normal frequency of bowel movements.

Whipped cream (mild diarrhea)
This poop type is fluffy and mushy in appearance. This could indicate mild diarrhea. Avoid having processed foods, milk and dairy, carbonated drinks.

Having fruit juices, cooked vegetables and drinking more water can help increase the fiber intake and help the poop to become more solid. 

Puddle poop (diarrhea)
This poop type has no solid pieces and appears extremely watery. This means your stool moved easily and too quickly through your bowel, indicating an unhealthy poop. It can be caused due to food poisoning, allergies or even due to irritable bowel syndrome. It’s time to cut down on caffeine, sugars, citrus fruits, excess dairy, onions and raw vegetables until your poop becomes normal.

Having fruit juices, clear vegetable broth without grease and having probiotics with your diet helps in regularizing your bowel movements.

If the diarrhea gets severe and lasts for more than 2 days, you will have to consult a doctor to avoid severe dehydration.

Pebble poop (constipated)
This poop appears like pebbles or rocks and are hard to pass. This indicates moderate to severe constipation. Constipation is usually indicative of some sort of gut issue and/or lack of right balance of probiotics and prebiotics to maintain a healthy gut.

Having foods rich in fibers like whole grains, lentils and fruits like guava, apples, papaya helps in stimulating bowel movements.

But if you experience this for a longer period, you should consult a health professional as it could indicate an unhealthy gut. 

We know that this may seem like a lot of poop talk, but your internal health is truly reflected in the state of your poop. So we say, let's talk poop everyday! 💩💩

At the end of the day, when you pay attention to even the smaller aspects of your body, such as your poop, they can often guide you towards a more holistic, and intuitive approach towards health and wellness. 

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