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.
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
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
Type 4) Looks 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)
Type 6) Mush
Type 7) Watery
Type 5, 6,and 7 are mushy and watery. They shoot out very easily.
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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