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The Different Shapes of Poops And What They Mean To You

The Different Shapes of Poops And What They Mean To You

Have you already avoided eating the foods that can harm your digestive system and tried our recommended recipes? I know, the beginning is always difficult….But DO IT TODAY if you still haven’t done it!

Let me get you some mind-blowing facts to enlighten you a bit today – The Different Shapes of Poops And What They Mean To You!

According to the Dr. Oz show, the perfect poop formation is shaped like a log, or in an S shape and not broken in pieces. Any shape that is different from the perfect formation can reveal digestive problems like infection and even early cancer.

Here are some of the different poop shapes and what they mean:

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1. Nut Hard Lumps

Type 1

    There is a lack of clear shape definition, because of missing bacteria and no water retention. They are painful in the motion of passing. As they pass, there is a likelihood of bleeding from anal canal laceration. This condition is linked to people on treatments of post-antibiotics as well as those attempting low-carb, fiber-free diets.

    What to do?

    • Increase fiber intake and consume enough water.
    • Stay hydrated!
    • Make sure your diet has sufficient fruits and veggies, seeds and nuts.
    • Be nutrition conscious and reduce processed foods as well as dairy and meat.

    2. Sausage Hard Lumps

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      Known as organic constipation, this form is destructive as the size exceeds the anal canal opening. Delaying or withholding the urge to release or a record of chronic constipation are likely causes. There is a possibility of minor flatulence. Anyone experiencing this is likely to experience irritation of the bowel syndrome due to the pressure of the large stools against intestinal walls.

      What to do?

      • Follow a nutritious diet of fruits and veggies.
      • Do not hold back if you have an urge to go. Take that toilet break.
      • Ensure that you drink enough water.
      • Consult a health professional for advice on the range of supplements available depending on your condition.
      • Engage in physical exercise to keep digestion healthy and eat three proper meals a day.

      3. Surface Cracked, Sausage-shaped

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        It is latent constipation. A possibility of irritable bowel syndrome and flatulence is minor. Best thing to do is to stay relaxed and eat regular meals on a proper schedule.

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        4. Smooth, Soft and Snake-like

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          A normal form for those defecating once a day. The diameter is between one and two centimeters. The large diameter suggests a transit time that is longer or increased dietary fiber intake.

          5. Clear-cut Soft Blobs

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            This form is ideal and typical for those with regular poops after each major meal. The diameter is in the range of one to one and a half centimeters.

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            6. Ragged, Fluffy and Mushy

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              This form makes it difficult to control urges when there is no access to a toilet. This type suggests a colon that is hyperactive, an excess of potassium, sudden dehydration, an increase in blood pressure linked to stress. It may indicate a hypersensitive stressed personality or an excess of spicy diets, or drinks high in mineral compositions. It is also linked to laxatives.

              What to do?

              • Avoid spicy hot foods.
              • Do not eat in a rush, slow down eating.
              • Eat enough fiber – it escorts the bile for efficient an efficient detox.
              • Soluble fiber in the form of oats or flax seeds protects the gut from inflaming.
              • Insoluble fiber in the form of greens will firm up loose stools.

              7. Watery

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                It occurs with severe constipation and diarrhea leaving a ‘paradoxical’ occurrence. With paradoxical diarrhea, liquid stool surrounds hard stool impacted within the rectum. Paradoxical diarrhea is common among children,adults that have limited mobility as well as senior citizens.

                Dietary changes and physical exercise help to eliminate paradoxical diarrhea. For example:

                • Eat fiber-rich whole grain bread, fruits and vegetables.
                • Exercise on a regular basis.
                • Remain hydrated. Consume enough water daily. Eight to ten glasses.

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