As gross as it may sound, what your urine and feces looks like can tell you a lot about the current state of your health. Urine is generated by your kidneys to get rid of toxins and other things that might cause you to become sick if left in your blood. Healthy pee is straw-colored and is odorless. If knowing you have been pooping wrong your entire life wasn’t enough, your poop can also highlight serious health problems like celiac disease, hepatitis, gallstones, mal-absorption disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, and cancer. It may not be the first thing you chose to do today, but knowing what to look for in your waste could potentially save your life. So what poop is considered to be normal? As seen in the chart below, normal is considered #3, #4, and #5.
So what does each type really mean? In the next few pages, we will break down exactly what each type means for your health. We will also break down your urine and what the color of pee means for you. Grab a pen and some paper to take some notes.
Poop 101 – What you should be looking for:
- Small & hard-to-pass: If your poop is small and hard-to-pass you are likely to be constipated. The most common reasons are a lack of fiber and water in your diet. If you think you might not be getting enough fiber increase your intake of fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds. You should be pooping daily, if you are not pooping for days you are likely to be very constipated.
- Loose: If you experience loose poop you could be suffering from celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, bowel cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammation of the pancreas, or have a viral, bacterial or parasite infection.