Most people, I included, don’t like to check their poop after using the restroom. You turn and flush the toilet as you move. However, it’s necessary to check the condition of your poop as it may say a lot about your health. It can alert you of any existing disorders that need immediate medical attention.
Notably, your everyday healthy poop should be brown, soft, and shaped like a smooth sausage. Although it may vary from time to time, a significant change in color, shape, and stench can indicate an abnormality. It could also be the type of food, drink, or medication you are taking causing the change.
Here are 12 things your poop is trying to tell you about your health.
1. White Poop
The poop appears grayish, whitish, or clay-colored. If your poop has this color, it shows that your body lacks enough bile. The body is not detoxifying properly to give your poop its brown color. Hence, indicating that probably you have liver and gallbladder issues as they are responsible for the production and storage of bile.
Conditions that cause such poop include blocked bile duct, gallstones, or cirrhosis. Also, if you notice white mucus on brown poop, then maybe you have Crohn’s disease. Besides seeking medical attention, you can add dandelion root into your diet to boost the liver’s functionality.
2. Green Poop
Eating leafy green vegetables, green food coloring in drinks, and iron supplements can cause your poop to be green. However, when you don’t eat such foods, and your poop is green, it’s because your food moves too fast through your digestive system. Thus, bile doesn’t get enough time to process and change into brown. As a result, it mixes with the poop and comes out in its natural green color.
3. Yellow Poop
It could either be that you are eating too many carrots or drinking yellow-colored beverages. But if that’s not the case, it could be that you have blocked bile ducts. Thus, it’s a sign of low-fat absorption. Additionally, the lack of enzymes produced by the pancreas may cause it to be yellow. Hence, hinting that you may have chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, or celiac disease.
4. Black Poop
There are some foods and medicines that could cause your poop to be black. They include licorice, blueberries, iron supplements, aspirin, or Pepto-Bismol. But also, bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract can cause blackness. If your issue is the latter, visit your doctor immediately.
5. Red Poop
Red poop indicates the presence of blood in your stool, which should alarm you. It could be either you are suffering from an anal fissure, hemorrhoids, ulcerative colitis, or cancer. I don’t need to say more, call your doctor. However, you don’t need to be alarmed if you eat beets, tomatoes, or colored drinks. Or maybe you just pushed poop out too hard, tearing the lining of the anal canal.
6. Pebble Poop
The poop appears to be small pebble-like hard lumps. It’s an indicator that you’re dehydrated and lacks enough fiber in your system to flush out the poop. As a result, the poop overstays in your system, and the colon extracts water turning it into hard pieces.
To take care of the issue, stay hydrated, and slowly add more fiber into your diet like oats and flaxseeds. Do it slowly to avoid bloating.
7. Firm Poop
Firm poop is when your poop is large, sausage-shaped, and lumpy. Constipation and lack of fiber is the leading cause of such shape. Also, long-term antidiarrheal medicine and lack of physical activity can lead to constipation. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and work out to solve the issue.
8. Cracked Poop
Cracked poop is normal poop, but it appears when you have a low diet and an inactive lifestyle. All you got to do is walk or exercise, and drink more water.
9. Soft Blob Poop
When your poop’s shape is soft lumps with precise edges, it indicates that you are experiencing light diarrhea. It could be due to irritable bowel syndrome. To make it go away, eat low-fiber foods such as crackers, potatoes, and bananas.
10. Liquid Poop
As the name suggests, the poop is in liquid form with no solid pieces. It a sign of diarrhea accompanied by painful bowel movements. It occurs when the small intestine gets aggravated, forcing the liquid out without being properly processed.
Notably, it could be either that you are suffering from food poisoning, bacterial infection, lactose intolerance, or medicine intake. Staying hydrated and taking medication will help you feel better.
11. Mushy Poop
It appears mushy and fluffy with ragged edges. The mushy type of poop occurs when you are under stress and not taking care of your health and diet. It’s uncomfortable prompting you to take precautions. What you can do is eat boiled bananas and potatoes and also stay hydrated. If the condition persists, take Imodium or Pepto-Bismol and consult a doctor.
12. Smells Worse Than Usual
A significant change in the stench of your poop could indicate that something is not happening as it should. You could be constipated, keeping your stool in the system longer. As a result, the production of digestive gasses and bacteria in your colon ferments, causing the stench.
To fix it, stay hydrated and integrate more high fiber foods into your diet. Moreover, if you had an international trip and your poop stinks badly, it may be because you have a parasitic, bacterial, or viral infection.
As much as it’s uncomfortable to pay attention to your poop, it’s vital as your body may be trying to tell you something. Understanding the different colors and shapes of your poop will go a long way in terms of your health. Knowledge is power when you do not easily dismiss the signs.
If you notice any changes not associated with diet changes, you can now act fast. You can try home remedies to help deal with the changes. However, in severe cases, it would be best to visit a doctor and seek medical attention.