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What Your Poop Says About Your Health

What Your Poop Says About Your Health

To keep our gut healthy, paying attention to the shape and texture of our poop helps a lot. Check your poop now!

P.S. After the infographic there’s further guide to tell you what problems they are indicating and what to do next.

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    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.

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

    1. Nut Hard Lumps

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    Type 1

      Problem:

      • missing bacteria
      • no water retention

      What to do?

      • Increase fiber intake
      • Stay hydrated
      • Make sure your diet has sufficient fruits and veggies, seeds and nuts
      • Reduce processed foods as well as dairy and meat

      2. Sausage Hard Lumps

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        Problem:

        Organic constipation

        What to do?

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        • 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
        • Exercise more
        • Eat three proper meals a day

        3. Surface Cracked, Sausage-shaped

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          Problem:

          Latent constipation

          What to do?

          • Stay relaxed
          • Eat regular meals on a proper schedule

          4. Smooth, Soft and Snake-like

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            No problem!

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            A normal form for those defecating once a day.

            5. Clear-cut Soft Blobs

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              This form is ideal and typical for those with regular poops after each major meal.

              6. Ragged, Fluffy and Mushy

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                Problem:

                • Hyperactive colon
                • Excess of potassium
                • Sudden dehydration
                • An increase in blood pressure linked to stress

                What to do?

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                • 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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                  Problem:

                  Paradoxical diarrhea

                  What to do?

                  • Eat fiber-rich whole grain bread, fruits and vegetables
                  • Exercise on a regular basis
                  • Remain hydrated

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                  Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

                  Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

                  There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

                  “For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

                  Primal Therapy

                  Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.

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                  How it Started

                  “During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

                  It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

                  “I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

                  Delving deeper

                  Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

                  Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

                  Some Methods To Practice Screaming

                  If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!

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                  • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
                  • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
                  • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
                  • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

                  After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

                  Scream Sing

                  Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.

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                  • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
                  • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
                  • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
                  • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
                  • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
                  • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
                  • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

                  If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

                  Scream into a pillow

                  Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.

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                  Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

                  Featured photo credit: Sharon Mollerus via flickr.com

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