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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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                  Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                  5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                  5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                  Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                  Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                  Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                  1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                  Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                  This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                  In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                  The result: no more mental stress.

                  2. Unplug

                  Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                  How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                  It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                  Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                  3. Easy on the Caffeine

                  Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                  Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                  4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                  That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                  How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                  While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                  5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                  This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                  The result: mental stress will be gone!

                  So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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