Let's face it: nobody likes to talk about poop. When you get together with your friends, you'll discuss parenting, school, work, problems, and more. Poop isn't appetizing. And really, who wants to know if you've been suffering from diarrhea for weeks, months, or even years. And yet, it is when you have such conversations, that you find out information that is potentially important to you. Still don't care to share your poop history with others? Never fear, I am here to help.
When you look at the chart above, you'll notice, that each type of poop has a description, and an explanation for what this means. If your stool frequently looks like Type 1 and 2 in the chart, this is an indicator for constipation. Type 3 and 4 is in the normal range, while Type 5 indicates a lack of fiber. Type 6 and 7 suggest inflammation in your body.
One of the first clients I've worked with suffered from diarrhea for several years. Without a diagnosis from her doctor, she came to accept her diarrhea as normal. According to webMD, anything over two weeks is to be considered chronic diarrhea and is most definitely cause for concern. I'm not entirely sure, how she went for years without receiving a diagnosis or treatment.
Let me dig a little deeper into the types of poop in the Bristol chart.
Type 1 and 2 indicate constipation. How can one become constipated? When you are constipated it is likely due to the fact, that your bowels absorb too much water, or if the muscles in your colon contract too slowly. When this happens, food (or what's left of it) will move too slowly and again, too much water will be absorbed. There are a number of causes. Dehydration, overuse of laxatives, problems with the colon or rectum, or metabolic or endocrine problems... among others.
Type 3 and 4 really don't need much explaining. Whatever you're doing to get the perfect poop, keep doing it!
Type 5 may be as simple as needing some extra fiber in your diet. Check out Paleo Leap for an excellent article on where to get your fiber.
Type 6 and 7 can be quite unpleasant. Diarrhea hurts! And chronic diarrhea can also lead to deficiencies and a sick colon among other things. Remember, we're talking about chronic diarrhea, which lasts longer than 2 weeks. This assumes that it is not a virus making you sick. Medication, lactose intolerance, fructose, artificial sweeteners, digestive disorders like Crohn's Disease, celiac disease, or ulcerative colitis, and also gallbladder removal can cause chronic diarrhea.
I highly recommend you check your poop every now and then and make sure it is within the "normal" range.
If you're struggling with your poop, simply give me a call or send me an e-mail. While I don't diagnose or treat disease, I can likely help you heal your gut with proper nutrition and supplementation.
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