What Should Your Stool Look Like?
When it comes to bowel habits, it is hard to state what is normal and what is abnormal. Some health care providers consider that any bowel habit is normal so long as it causes no discomfort or distress. However, some people may have grown accustomed to stools that are overly hardened or watery. Yet these stools may be indicative of an underlying dysfunction in the colon. Stool shape and color may provide a better guide to the health of the intestines. Read on to learn more about what your stool shape, form, and color may be saying about your health…
What Should Your Stool Look Like?
Stool shape and consistency provides a good indication of the amount of time the feces has spent in the digestive tract. This time is also referred to as “transit time.” Stool color is another good sign of the functioning of your digestive system.
A healthy stool shape is long, round, and smooth with a texture similar to creamy peanut butter. It should be slightly acidic so it floats on the surface of water breaking up soon afterwards. The average weight of a stool is about 3.5 ounces but this number can vary tremendously. The average stool is 75% water, with most of this water locked up inside bacteria and digested matter.
Constipation causes stools to sit in the colon for an extended period. This results in bowel movements that are hard, dry, and difficult to pass. Stool shape during constipation may resemble small pellets or nuts. On the other end of the spectrum, when diarrhea occurs, food and fecal matter spend very little time in the colon. This causes stools that are very watery. Slimy stools may develop when excess mucus builds up in the colon due to bacteria, Candida, yeast or another form of colonic dysfunction.
A normal stool should be some shade of brown in color (peanut butter is often used as a descriptor.) Stools that are lighter in color may indicate a blockage in the bile duct or a deficiency in the body’s production of bile. These stools also tend to have a high fat content, resulting in a foul smell and sticky texture that makes the feces difficult to flush. This is usually the result of bad absorption. Stool that is red or bloody may be a sign of colon disease, internal hemorrhoids, or intestinal parasites. Eating certain foods that are red in color, such as beets, may also add color to stools and urine. Dark stools are usually the result of a diet that is high in iron from foods such as dark greens, iron supplements, or meat. Black stools may indicate bleeding in the stomach or small intestine caused from an injury, a bleeding ulcer, a tumor, or worms and should be checked immediately by a doctor.
What’s The Best Way to Maintain Colon Health?
Both stool shape and color provide the best indication of the health of the colon. If a problem exists, it’s important to take steps to restore the optimum functioning of the colon. A wholesome diet, proper exercise and regular colon cleansing are the best ways to improve stool shape, consistency, and color.
High fiber foods like bran, shredded wheat, whole grain breads and certain fruits and vegetables, along with increased fluids, help to create stools that are easy to pass through the system. These foods have an added benefit in that they may help to lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of developing colon polyps and cancer, and help prevent symptomatic hemorrhoids. Exercise is also very important for your bowels and your overall health.
But before these diet and exercise changes can make a change in your stool shape and form, you will need to remove the toxins and encrusted fecal matter that may be disrupting the optimal functioning of the colon. Oxy-Powder® is a powerful colon-cleansing supplement that can be used regularly to clear out the colon and allow for the passage of stools. Unlike laxatives, Oxy-Powder® is not habit-forming and it does not disturb the natural balance of bacteria and enzymes that are necessary for the health of the colon. Regular colon cleansing, with a product like Oxy-Powder®, will help to maintain the health of your colon and promote the production of healthy stools.
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