I have always been intrigued by poop and what it says about your health and wellness. Today, my friend, Elyse Wagner, a holistic nutritionist, breaks it all down about what your poop is telling you!! Elyse is a Holistic Nutritionist and Positive Psychology Coach. Oh Lardy is thrilled to have her join us today and share her knowledge on poop and your health! Be sure to check out her video from her ETV series!
What is your poop telling you?
I'm always intrigued by a “NUMBER TWO”.
Yep – you guessed it! I'm talking about POO!
For example, I really do enjoy reading and researching what is really going on with our poop and how our diet affects our bowels. It is true, our trusty poo does give us A LOT of information about our digestion and what is going on inside of us.
So today, I thought I'd get a little down and dirty and share with you the vital scoop on poop!
Poop tells us a lot. The hue, the flow, the form and the feeling generated by a poo tells a story about what you've put in your mouth and down your digestive tract — more than what's right below the toilet waterline. So sit back and relax because it's time for a mini session of what your is poo telling you! Keep reading and watching for more scoop.
The Rules On Stools
So let's focus on the hue of poo:
Poop comes in many colors.
This usual color is formed from stercobilin or the little bacteria in our colon that digests bile from our gallbladder. Now, the color of brown will vary each day due to the different types of food, liquid and medications you take in. If you do have different changes in color for longer periods of time, it can be a sign of an underlying gastrointestinal disorder that you'll want to get checked out by your health-care professional.
Now, if you're not consuming barium which is a chalk like substance (that you get before an X-ray or CT scan) than you may have to look further. White stool can be a sign of a bile duct blockage or other types of liver disease. It is rare and develops slowly over days to weeks. What you need to know is that white is not right when we're talking about poo so a doctor visit is a must!
Black poo is a sign that you're taking in foods high in iron or iron supplements or bismuth compounds i.e: Pepto-Bismol. It could be caused by blood that is higher up in the digestive tract.
The mean, green poops are caused by one of two things. What you're eating or by an infection. Green leafy veggies such as spinach, kale and collards are one of the culprits of green poo. Infections in the bowels can also cause green poop and often pops up after a course of antibiotics and treatment for the type of bug called Clostridium difficle.
Having red poo can signify you've just had yourself a serving of beets or there is blood in your lower digestive tract and you need to seek an doctor as soon as possible. Let's just hope the pink reddish color is because you're eating lots of beets.
Yellow poo can mean fat in the stool which usually occurs because your body is not digesting fat properly. This produces a yellow, glistening, floating stool indicating an issue with the small intestine, pancreas or liver.
So what is your poop telling you?
I challenge you to take a peek–or just glance at your poop the next time you have a bowel movement, and ask yourself what color it is and what the form is. What I love about this exercise is that as you make changes with what's going in (i.e: with your food, liquid, exercise, stress), you'll notice changes to what is going out.
My rule of thumb is, if it's not the norm for more than a couple of days , you may want to have it checked out by your doc! This is how I found out I was living with Celiac disease.
Flow and form of poo:
For a mini chart of poops, you can download your very own Stool Chart. And if you're really interested in being in tune with your poop – stick it up in your bathroom to give both the chart and your poop a look-see the next time you sit down for a ‘second session.'
Comment from Tamara: Ideally you want your stools to be somewhere between 3 and 4. Stages 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7 can signal problems!
In the comments section, I'd love for you to share your rules on stools!
Hope to see you there!
Thank you so much for reading, watching and commenting!
About Elyse Wagner:
Elyse is a Holistic Nutritionist & Positive Psychology Coach who helps women discover their ‘secret sauce' health recipe. She helps women create healthy relationships with their food, attitude and body so they can feel fabulous in the skin they're in. Elyse earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Nutrition & Dietetics, and holds a dual Master’s degree in Nutrition & Clinical Health Psychology from Bastyr University, the nation’s recognized leader in natural health education. You can check her out at My Kitchen Shrink. Also, don't miss her new book, Smoothie Secrets Revealed.