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January 20, 2012 / Happy Dietitian

What Does Your Poop Look Like?

By: Wendy Wu, R.D., M.S.

Did you know that there are 7 different types of Poop? Which type of Poop do you have? (I made my clay Poop pink so its less gross to look at. Considerate, huh? lol)

Type 1) Hard Little Lumps. Difficult to Pass. May Hurt.

Hard little lumps that hurt when coming out

These little suckers are usually dry, hard lumps that requires strength to be forced out. You hear Plop Plop Plop sounds when they drop into the toilet bowl.

Type 2) Sausage Shaped and Lumpy

Sausage Shaped and Lumpy

Types 1-2 indicate constipation.

Causes: Dehydration/Inadequate water intake, Poor diet/Low-fiber diet, Inadequate exercise/Sedentary Lifestyle

What you can do: Drink more fluids; eat more fiber (fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans, whole wheat bread, brown rice, etc) and exercise.

Type 3) Sausage Shaped and with Cracks

Sausage Shaped and with Cracks

Type 4) Looks Like a Snake. Smooth and Soft.

Like a Snake, Smooth and Soft

Type 3 and 4 Poops are Normal. Good Job!

Type 5) Soft Blobs with Clear Cut Edges (Comes Out Easily)

Soft Blobs

Type 6) Mush

Fluffy with Ragged Edges. Very Mushy

Type 7) Watery

Watery Poop

Type 5, 6,and 7 are mushy and watery. They shoot out very easily.

Causes:

Bacteria consumed through contaminated food or water. Ex: Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, and Escherichia coli.

Virus- rotavirus, Norwalk virus, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex virus, and viral hepatitis.

Food Intolerance- Ex: Lactose Intolerance

Parasites consumed through contaminated food or water. Ex: Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica, and Cryptosporidium.

Side effect of some medications- Antibiotics, blood pressure medications, and antacids containing magnesium.

Intestinal Diseases- Like inflammatory disease (Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis) or celiac disease

Functional Bowel Disorders- Intestines do not work properly. Ex: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

What you can do: Eat a “BRAT” or “BRATTY” diet. Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Toast, Tea and Yogurt.

If you have mushy Poop that lasts more than 3 days or blood in your Poop, consult your doctor.

(Source: Lewis SJ, Heaton KW (1997). “Stool form scale as a useful guide to intestinal transit time”. Scand. J. Gastroenterol. 32 (9): 920–4. )

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8 Comments

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  1. therapybook / Jan 20 2012 2:01 pm

    Thanks. That’s a really useful post…. and thank you for making them pink… it really did help!

    I’ve been using diatomaceous earth recently and it’s very good for bulking them out as it removes parasites and the like, along iwth all that useless gunk you get along the intestinal walls which prevent your food from being absorbed.

    • Happy Dietitian / Jan 20 2012 2:30 pm

      I’m glad you found it useful. Wow, diatomaceouse earth is multi-purpose.

  2. cillycil / Jan 20 2012 5:58 pm

    Love this! very informational….

  3. Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis / Mar 2 2012 11:01 am

    It’s hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  4. Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis / Mar 5 2012 2:00 pm

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  5. gundam / Mar 10 2012 11:01 am

    thanks.very good blog and very good share.

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