Whats in Your Poop?

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Toilet break warning: THIS appearing in your poop could be a sign of a serious gut problem.?TOILET breaks can often indicate the state of of your health, with constipation, diarrhea and blood in your stools a sign there is a potentially serious issue with your gut.

Research has revealed that many people experience persistent gut problems. The most common gut problems reported are constipation, diarrhea and heart burn. Other gut issues include?bloating?and persistent stomach pain. It was found that?13 per cent of people had experienced blood in their stools. Unfortunately?a third of people didn?t realize you should seek medical advice if you have blood in your stools, and 48 per cent didn?t know you should see a doctor if you have black, tarry stools.

The gut is the largest part of the body’s immune system, and issues with it can affect people’s quality of life. One in five of us have had to take a day off work and one in ten have suffered depression. It is not surprising that most?digestive problems are due to stress or diet.?In the survey, 63 per cent of people thought stress triggered their gut issues, followed by alcohol at 54 per cent and lack of fiber at 49 per cent.?Other reasons given were an inactive lifestyle, and eating gluten and dairy.?This research shows that significant numbers of people experience problems with their gut and it can have a huge impact on their lives.

1. How many times per day should I poop?

The amount of bowl movements a day that someone should have varies from person to person, so there is not one specific number that is considered completely ?normal?; however most experts agree that it?s important to go to the bathroom at least?three or more times per week at a minimum.

Generally, going once or twice a day is considered normal. Going every other day is also somewhat normal, as long as you feel comfortable and are not experiencing pain in your abdomen. Above all else, you want to make sure things are pretty?consistent?from day to day; this shows you what is ?normal? poop for your own body and clues you in to when something internally is off.

2. What?should my poop look like?

When you do go to the bathroom, it?s ideal to have a poop that is all connected in one long, smooth ?S? shape. Poops like this develop when you?re eating enough fiber and drinking plenty of hydrating water.

However a smooth poop that is thin or broken up into a few smaller poops is not something to be concerned about according to digestive experts, as long as this is ?normal? for you and does not cause you any discomfort. The color of a normal poop should be a medium to dark brown.

2. Why Does My Poop Smell?

Although it may sound unpleasant, your poop smelling is actually not a bad sign. Poop smells because of the toxins it is helping to draw out of your body and because of the bacteria involved in the gut lining. There is not any specific smell that is considered ?normal?; again it?s just important to keep an eye on things being consistent and comfortable for you.


Digestive health is something we all need to take seriously. Listening to your gut can really make a difference to your overall well being, from understanding the steps you can take to keep your gut healthy, to being aware of when you should see a doctor.

It is common to experience gut health issues from time to time, however, experts advise us to see a doctor if symptoms persist for more than a few days.?These include abdominal pain before or after meals, feelings of fullness, bloating or flatulence and nausea or vomiting.


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