Is there such a thing as perfect poop? You bet.
Your stool can speak volumes about your health. If you’re not in the habit of sneaking a peek before you flush, Dr. Oz says it’s time to start.
So how can you tell if your stool is normal or not? Here’s the scoop on poop, straight from the Dr. Oz Show.
S Is for Super
If your stool looks like an S, congrats! This is the ideal shape for healthy poop. It’s the shape of your rectum near your anus. If your stool spells this letter, it’s a sign your intestines are working well and likely means you’re eating a well-balanced diet and getting enough fiber to keep things moving through your digestive system.
Brown Is Beautiful
Or at least, it’s the normal color for poop, thanks to bile, which turns it this hue. If your stool is some other color, you could be in trouble. Here’s a quick stool color decoder:
Silence Is Golden
If your stool hits the water with a forceful plop that leaves your buttocks drenched, or you strain like you’re in labor to pass what feels like small rocks or marbles, then you are constipated. Don’t feel too bad—it’s the most common digestive complaint in America, and a Western diet low in fiber is the main culprit.
If loosey-goosey is a better description of your poop, this means you are not absorbing nutrients properly. Loose, watery stools are a common symptom of many digestive conditions, including IBS and Crohn’s disease.
Whether you are constipated or have loose stools, try bulking up on fiber, which can help firm up your poop and keep it moving through your system at a healthy pace.
As for frequency, how much you poop is not the real issue. It’s how your poop looks each time you have a bowel movement that is the key to health.
For more information on poop, take our quiz.
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