Have you recently noticed that the shape or consistency of your stool has changed?
Are you wondering what it means?
Monitoring the appearance of your number 2 is important as it can reveal a lot about your health.
Yet, asking around about the consistency or shape of your poop might be a bit embarrassing!
Well, the great news is that there’s an easy way for you to find answers (which doesn’t involve asking friends or family).
Indeed, scientists from the Bristol Royal Infirmary Hospital in England developed a convenient feces assessment tool in 1997 called the Bristol Stool Chart, classifying the form of human feces into seven categories.
This self-diagnostic chart was designed to make it less awkward for patients to discuss their bowel issues.
Got your attention?
In this post, we’ll tell you all about the seven different types of poop and what they can tell you about your health.
Type one is characterized by separate hard lumps that look a bit like nuts. They’re hard to pass and indicate constipation. Now, constipation occurs when your diet lacks the fiber found in fruit, vegetables, legumes, or grains. As a result, some of the best foods to add to your meals include apples, raspberries, broccoli, beans, quinoa, or flax seeds. Note that increasing your water intake will also help.
Type two is defined by a lumpy sausage-shaped poop (it can even look like a caterpillar!) This type of feces also reflects mild constipation issues.
Type 3 is another sausage-shaped stool, but it has cracks on the surface. Should we go as far as define it as a hotdog-style poop? It certainly looks like one! This stool is considered normal because it mirrors the inside of your intestines. So, if your feces look like this, it means that you’re doing great in terms of diet and water intake ;)
Type four resembles a sausage or a snake and is characterized by its soft and smooth aspect. This is also considered normal poop.
The fifth type of stool on the Bristol Stool Chart is defined by multiple soft blobs featuring clear-cut edges. They’re easy to pass but indicate a lack of fiber in your diet. So, if you notice your poop looks like soft blobs, make sure to load up on fresh fruit and veggies to ensure a healthy digestive system!
With type 6, your poop looks like fluffy pieces with ragged edges. It also has a mushy consistency, a bit like soft-serve ice cream! And please, don’t blame us for the lousy comparison; we’re just trying to help ;) Note that type 6 is a sign of mild diarrhea and indicates that your digestive system is irritated. Drinking fruit juices or chicken broth might help firm up your stool.
Type 7 occurs when you suffer from severe diarrhea. In this scenario, your stool is watery, has no solid pieces, and you literally can’t stay away from the toilet for very long. If this lasts for more than three days, it could be a sign of something serious, so make sure to talk to a professional.
We hope this article provided you with some insightful information about what the appearance of your poop can tell you about your health.
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