As I sit down to write this post, I find myself asking the question “really Brooke, you’re going to write about poop?” I start to think about the people who may read this post, and start to feel slightly embarrassed. I have to remind myself that the reason I am putting this information out there, is to try to help people. So here it is…
Like a fingerprint, each poop is unique. Taking a peek at your poop may help you find answers to many of your health problems! It may even clue you in on an issue you didn’t even know you had. The color, size and consistency all have meaning. So, what is your poo telling you?
The ideal poop, the one everyone should strive for, is medium brown in color, solid and formed in the shape of an S or a C. It should pass easily without any discomfort. It should not have an overly offensive smell, or have any undigested food particles in it. This poop wins best-in-show at the poop pageant. This is a sign of a healthy, efficient digestive system.
A cause for concern, or further investigation (of your digestive system) would be if you have undigested food particles in your poop. If you can tell what you had for dinner the night before, this may be an indication of low stomach acid or a food intolerance. To increase your stomach acid you could try ingesting some apple cider vinegar right before your meals. Start small with only a tablespoon and try not to dilute it by chugging a bunch of water to wash it down. If you suspect you have a food intolerance, try eliminating that food from your diet for 30 days. Then reintroduce the food and see how your body reacts.
Runny, unformed poop (aka diarrhea) is the result of eating something your body is having an adverse reaction to (duh). It’s your body’s way of getting everything out, fast! Through this mechanism, you are able to rid your body of the offensive food quickly, but in the process you eliminate a significant number of the beneficial bacteria in your gut as well. It is important to reintroduce some beneficial probiotics in your gut to get back to a place of healthy digestive function.
If you are seeing “pellet poops”, or dark, small balls in the toilet this could mean you are dehydrated. It can also be a sign of stress or gut flora imbalance. Try adding some soluble fiber to your diet, along with an increase in your water consumption.
A potentially alarming poop would be one that is lighter, and greenish or white in color. This could be a sign of a gallbladder problem. Don’t panic though, it could just mean that you’ve eaten more refined, processed fats than your body can handle. Try incorporating more good fat sources into your diet such as olive oil or avocado. If the problem persists, you will probably want to consult with your doctor.
If your poop is very dark and strong in odor, it could be a sign that you’ve eaten too many processed foods. This is also a sign that you could be experiencing a toxic overload from the foods you eat and the chemicals in the products you use every day such as shampoos, cleaning products and makeup. I’ve thrown out all of my old stuff (some of it was really old…goodbye purple eyeliner) and replaced it with new formulations that contain less toxic ingredients! Feel free to ask me about the brands I’d be happy to share!
Your poop is an important part of your path to health. So pay attention to your poo and what it’s telling you!