Updated: Feb 16
Now when it comes to intestinal health, it’s important to have adequate healthy bacteria in your intestinal tract and to maintain that in order to decrease bad bacteria. When unhealthy bacteria takes over, there may be potential for conditions to develop such as candida, parasites or leaky gut.
When talking about intestinal health, we can't forget to talk about our poop. Yes, that is right, our poop is a key indicator of health and it is important to know how often you have bowel movements, what colour they are and the shape.
According to the Bristol Stool Chart (1) here are some key indicators of healthy stools:
-sausage like with cracks on the surface
-like a sausage, smooth and soft
-soft blobs with clear cut edges
-your stools should be a medium/dark brown colour
And here are some key indicators of potentially unhealthy stools:
-separate hard lumps
-sausage shaped but lumpy
-fluffy pieces with ragged edges
-watery, no solid pieces
What could be causing your poor bowel movements?
Poor diet (low fibre, consuming sugar, processed foods), hormones, stress, other illnesses
How often should I be pooping?
Well it depends on who you ask. Some medical doctors may say at 3 times a week whereas other health care practitioners say 2-3 times a day is ideal. Now, before you get worried, not everyone is going to fall under the 2-3 times a day category but it's good to have at least one healthy bowel movement a day.
In good health,
1. Bladder and Bowel Foundation. (n.d.). Bristol stool chart. Retrieved from https://www.bladderandbowel.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/BBC002_Bristol-Stool-Chart-Jan-2016.pdf