Poop is considered disgusting, yucky, gross but it can actually tell us a tiny bit of our health. Check out this article and you’ll see how this can be done. No pictures cause poops is truly disgusting😷.
Your poops texture could tell you a bit of your health condition especially regarding the alimentary canal. Here are the seven ways/textures your poop could feel and look like:
- Separate hard lumps, like nuts (hard to pass).
- Sausage-shaped but lumpy.
- Like a sausage but with cracks on the surface.
- Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft.
- Soft blobs with clear-cut edges.
- Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool.
- Watery, no solid pieces. Entirely liquid.
What it tells us:
- 1 and 2 indicate constipation.
- 3 and 4 are optimal, especially 4, as these are the easiest to pass.
- 5–7 are associated with increasing tendency to diarrhoea or urgency.
Your poops texture isn’t the only thing that gives you a hint about you health, the color of your poops could actually give details of your health:
Human feces ordinarily has a light to dark brown coloration, which results from a combination of bile, and bilirubin derivatives of stercobilin and urobilin, from dead red blood cells. Normally it is semisolid, with a mucus coating.
Yellowing of feces can be caused by an infection known as giardiasis, which derives its name from Giardia, an anaerobic flagellated protozoan parasite that can cause severe and communicable yellow diarrhea.
Another cause of yellowing is a condition known as Gilbert’s Syndrome. Yellow stool can also indicate that food is passing through the digestive tract relatively quickly. Yellow stool can be found in people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Pale or grey
Stool that is pale or grey may be caused by insufficient bile output due to conditions such as cholecystitis, gallstones, giardia parasitic infection, hepatitis, chronic pancreatitis, or cirrhosis. Bile salts from the liver give stool its brownish color. If there is decreased bile output, stool is much lighter in color.
Faeces can be black due to the presence of red blood cells that have been in the intestines long enough to be broken down by digestive enzymes. This is known as melena, and is typically due to bleeding in the upper digestive tract, such as from a bleeding peptic ulcer. Conditions that can also cause blood in the stool include hemorrhoids, anal fissures, diverticulitis, colon cancer, and ulcerative colitis.
The same color change can be observed after consuming foods that contain a substantial proportion of animal blood, such as black pudding or tiết canh. Black feces can also be caused by a number of medications, such as bismuth subsalicylate (the active ingredient in Pepto-Bismol), and dietary iron supplements, or foods such as beetroot, black liquorice, or blueberries.
Hematochezia is similarly the passage of feces that are bright red due to the presence of undigested blood, either from lower in the digestive tract, or from a more active source in the upper digestive tract. Alcoholism can also provoke abnormalities in the path of blood throughout the body, including the passing of red-black stool.
Hemorrhoids can also cause surface staining of red on stools, because as they leave the body the process can compress and burst hemorrhoids near the anus.
Feces can be green due to having large amounts of unprocessed bile in the digestive tract and strong-smelling diarrhea. This can occasionally be the result from eating liquorice candy, as it is typically made with anise oil rather than liquorice herb and is predominantly sugar. Excessive sugar consumption or a sensitivity to anise oil may cause loose, green stools.
It can also result from consuming excessive amounts of blue or green dye, such as were found in Burger King’s Halloween Whopper.
Violet or purple
Violet or purple feces is a symptom of porphyria or more likely the consumption of beetroot.