Even though most people are not comfortable to talk about their poop, it is very important to know some aspects of it, taking in consideration that it can reveal a lot about one’s well-being. One of the essential bodily functions is defecation. The changes in the bowel movements usually are a consequence of some changes in one’s diet, nevertheless, those changes can sometimes be a sign of the body’s fight against an infection, or a sign of a more serious disease or condition.

People’s stool consists of about 75 percent water, whereas the rest is a combination of fiber, mucus, various cells, and dead and living bacteria. When normal, the stool is usually smooth and soft, elongated, and whole. The normal stools also has a uniform texture and is S-shaped, a shape that comes from the shape of the lower intestine. The color of the healthy poop is definitely medium to light brown.

If one’s poop does not look like this, here is what it might mean:

– Small and hard lumpy poop – this type of poop may signify an acute inflammation of the small intestine. This kind of poop is typically small, solid, and abrasive, with a diameter of 1 to 2 centimeters. It usually occurs in people who have been taking antibiotics and it usually leads to anal bleeding.

– Sausage shaped poop with lumps – the poop that has this shape is pretty difficult to pass and thus can cause anal bleeding. It is usually 3 to 5 centimeters in diameter and it usually occurs in people who suffer from IBS.

Sausage shaped stool with cracked surface – the third type is pretty similar to the second one, with the difference that this one is processed faster

– Sausage-shaped poop, smooth, and soft – this is the normal type of poop that it is typical for people who defecate once a day.

– Soft blobs of stool with defined edges – this type of poop is characteristic for people who defecate more than once a day after major meals.

– Fluffy poop with ragged and torn edges – this soft-texture poop is usually a potential sign of high blood pressure and stress.

– Diarrhea type of stool – this stool resembles the ordinary diarrhea, but, it happens in conjunction with constipation. Sometimes, this type of poop can indicate that the body is suffering from some disease or condition, depending on the odor and color.

– Black or bright red stool – this type of poop can be a sign of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract.

– Pale brown or white stool – this type of stool might be a sign of hepatitis, cirrhosis, or pancreatic disease.

– Yellow-colored poop – normally, the stool is yellow if the person has gallbladder problems.

Here is what the unpleasant odor of the poop may signify:

– Cystic fibrosis

– Pancreatitis

– Celiac disease

– Problems with digestion and absorption

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