color, texture, times per day...it all matters!
We are going to chat about a topic that some find "awkward", "taboo" or "gross". However, I am here to tell you that 𝐩𝐨𝐨𝐩 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 what's goin' on inside the walls.
- Type 1&2 (from chart above): Constipation can be caused by diet, but it also can be stress related (try adding fiber: like chia seeds, beans, raspberries)
- Type 6&7 (from chart above): Diarrhea makes it difficult for the body to get nutrients from food if it passes through the body too quickly (if chronic, try checking intolerances or underlying digestive disorders like IBS)
- White/pale: pale color might mean your body is not producing enough bile. Bile is what helps break down fats! White/pale stool could also indicate inflammation/swelling in the liver, pancreas or gallbladder...could also be a side effect of a new medication.
- Yellow: might signify a longterm overconsumption of fatty foods OR your body's inability to absorb nutrients somewhere along your GI-tract...meaning your body isn’t grabbin’ the necessary nutrients from the food you’re eating…and the food is instead just passing through. An example is celiac disease with gluten.
- Brown/Green: normal
- Red: if acute / short lived: could be from diet (like eating lots of cranberries, beets or red food hi - hiiiii Flamin’ Hot Cheetos); but, if prolonged, could be from bleeding of rectum or large intestine (lower part of your digestive tract).
- Black: if acute / short term: black stool could be iron supplements or over-the-counter medicine like Pepto Bismol; but, if prolonged, could be from bleeding of the small intestine (upper part of your digestive tract).
Eating foods with fiber can help add some oomph / gurth to your stool
Check out this FIBER FILLED recipe: