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Your Poop Is Your Doctor !!! Here’s How
Are youِ paying attention toِ your poop.
It turns outِ the look, consistency, andِ even theِ smell ofِ your stools sayِ a lot aboutِ the condition ofِ your body.
Are youِ drinking enoughِ water.
You’re in poor gut health
The health ofِ your gut saysِ a lot aboutِ your disease risk.
When there’s anِ imbalance ofِ bacteria inِ your gut, yourِ wholeِ digestive system suffers theِ consequences.
The speed atِ which thingsِ move throughِ your digestive tract tells youِ howِ well youِ areِ or aren’t digesting yourِ food — andِ your poop reflects thatِ information directly.
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You’re not eating enough fiber
If youِ aren’t gettingِ enoughِ fiber inِ your diet, yourِ poop willِ tellِ you so.
You won’t poop asِ often asِ you should, and/or yourِ stools willِ beِ difficult toِ pass.
Dietary fiber promotes digestive health.
You have an irritable bowel disease
Intestinal inflammation hurts — andِ its signs areِ hard toِ miss.
According toِ theِ NIDDK, symptoms likeِ white-colored mucus inِ stools, bloating, constipation, andِ diarrhea couldِ indicate youِ haveِ irritable bowel syndrome.
If you’re noticing blood inِ your stools, withِ accompanying abdominal pain andِ overall fatigue, youِ couldِ have Crohn’s disease.
You have celiac disease
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The Celiac Disease Foundation saysِ people withِ thisِ condition oftenِ present withِ chronic diarrhea andِ pale orِ fatty-looking stools afterِ eating certainِ foods, beforeِ they’re officially diagnosed.
Celiac disease occurs whenِ theِ body produces anِ immune response toِ gluten, a type ofِ protein foundِ in wheat, barley, andِ rye — andِ foods madeِ with theseِ ingredients.
Avoiding gluten canِ clear upِ theseِ andِ many otherِ symptoms.
You have an infection
If you’ve hadِ diarrhea forِ more thanِ three days, youِ couldِ have anِ infection called clostridium difficile, orِ C.
diff — a common infection thatِ develops afterِ extended useِ ofِ antibiotics.
diff canِ cause diarrhea andِ abdominal cramping.
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Dehydration manifests inِ a number ofِ physical andِ psychological ways — noneِ of themِ pleasant.
However, yourِ bowel movements (or lack thereof) couldِ beِ a major indicator you’re notِ drinking enoughِ water.
While fiber isِ anِ important consideration whenِ dealing withِ constipation, it’s alsoِ important toِ drink plenty ofِ fluids toِ helpِ getِ things moving throughِ your digestive tract.
What does healthy poop look like?
According toِ Healthline, healthy “normal” poop usuallyِ appears log-shaped andِ brown, andِ can beِ soft toِ firm inِ terms ofِ consistency.
The average, healthy person poops anywhereِ from threeِ times perِ day toِ everyِ other day.
Bacteria tend toِ give offِ unpleasant-smelling gasses whenِ expelled fromِ your body.
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