Whether it’s flat or flabby, gut health is an important factor in overall health. Medically speaking the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) is a complex...
You may not look down into the toilet bowl very often, although, if you have a baby or toddler, you can’t help but notice and wonder what is happening ‘down there.’ If you do hazard a glance, particularly on a regular basis, there can be a wealth of important information that you can use to understand your state of health. First of all, we’re talking about your stool, your ‘poop,’ the contents of your bowel. Of course, stool is the by-product of your body’s elimination function that happens in your intestines; it is also a reflection of your body’s ability to digest. It is actually made up mostly of microorganisms, water, the waste from your body’s metabolism and your undigested food (mostly fibre and whatever you ate too much of).
The color of your stool is derived from a pigment that comes from the normal and daily breakdown of your blood cells, which becomes a brown color during the transit from your liver, to your gallbladder, into the small intestine, ending in and out of your large intestine. The colors can dramatically change and there is meaning in the color.
Stool colors and what they mean
Proper digestion is fundamental for good health. Now that you know the most important colors and types of stool, you can be more informed in your health. When you see changes in your stool consistency or form, it may also be worth a trip to your doctor.
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