7 Things Your Poop Says About Your Health
There’s no doubt that what goes into our bodies is a testimony to our health. But did you know that what’s coming out also says a lot about your wellbeing?
The look, smell, texture and frequency of our bowel motions gives us valuable clues about the wellness of our insides. The trouble is, discussing poop with your friends is socially taboo, to say the least. So how do you know if you’re normal and healthy?
Thankfully, this is a safe space to ditch conversation niceties and talk about those awkward tummy tales without any judgement; just helpful advice to ensure your health is right on track. So here’s the scoop on your poop!
1. If your poop is…Hard, in pieces, and you have to strain to pass it
It may mean: You’re constipated—but you probably already knew that. “However, some people assume that if they go to the bathroom every day then they’re not constipated, but if your stool is consistently hard and comes out in pieces rather than a soft, single piece that passes without much effort, you may be constipated,” Sheth says. The most common culprit is inadequate fiber intake. The average U.S. adult only downs about 15 grams of fiber a day—a fraction of the recommended 25 grams per day for women and 38 grams per day for men. Read labels and keep a food journal for a week to track how much fiber you’re actually taking in. If you’re falling short, bulk up your diet with additional fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds.
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