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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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                Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                1. Work on the small tasks.

                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                3. Upgrade yourself

                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                4. Talk to a friend.

                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                7. Read a book (or blog).

                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                8. Have a quick nap.

                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                10. Find some competition.

                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                11. Go exercise.

                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                12. Take a good break.

                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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