What’s the one thing that nobody likes talking about but actually SHOULD? It’s not sex. It’s not religion. Nope, not politics either. It’s poop. Obviously everyone performs this bodily function, because if you didn’t you wouldn’t be alive. But, alas, no one ever likes talking about it. The very thought of talking about our poop with others is not something we ever want to imagine, as most people would look at us as if we were nuts and run in the other direction. Most of us, especially women, were taught from an early age that talking about bodily functions is simply bad manners. With this in mind, we avoid it at all cost.
So honestly, who’s the only person that you ever discuss with what goes on in the restroom? Maybe your doctor, possibly. But if you do, how often would you say that is? And if they do happen to ask you about your bodily functions, chances are you give a simple nod and pray for an immediate jump to the next question on the checklist.
Well, we’re here to talk about the thing we know you think about, somewhere in the back of your mind. And it’s likely the one thing that you’re probably too reluctant to type in a Google search. That’s right, here’s everything you ever wanted to know about poop!
First Things First: What Makes You Go, Ya Know, #2?
Many times when we deal with issues like indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea, the first thing that comes to mind is: What are we eating that is causing us to feel this way? What’s too much? What’s not enough? And what should you eat to make you go?
Passing gas is your body’s way of relieving built up pressure trapped inside from the foods that you eat. While it’s true that certain foods can trigger you to pass gas, it’s completely normal to pass gas anywhere from 15-30 times per day. Fun fact: Most farts take place at night while you sleep.
What is the Proper Way to Poop?
It wasn’t until just a few hundred years ago in the late 1800’s that the modern version of the toilet was developed. But what does sitting on the toilet actually do? Well, sitting isn’t technically the correct angle for the colon to become relax and allow a healthy, fluid bowel movement. So what is the correct way, that many cultures all over the world still use? Squatting. Because of the way our body is constructed, it is more anatomical for us to squat while eliminating.
What Color Should it Be? Yes, We’re Really Going There!
Why is Poop Brown?
What is Poop Made of?
How Often Should You Go?
Contrary to popular belief, it is not unusual to go without a daily bowel movement. According to professional opinion, “normal” is considered anywhere from 3 times a day to every three days. So what might be normal for you could be completely different for someone else. Our gut flora is truly unique to each of us, so never compare your bodily functions to someone else’s. Remember that regularity is just what’s regular for your; there’s no such thing as weird!
What Your Poop Says About You?
The 3 main things to look for each time you eliminate:
We’ve Got a Floater Here!
Everyone’s go-to television MD, Dr. Oz, gained notoriety years ago for going on The Oprah Show and describing the perfect poop: long, S-shaped, and solid. When your stool floats take this as a bad sign, and know that this is happening due to malabsorption in your body.
The 3 Most Common Myths About Poop That are Totally Wrong
- It’s Supposed to Smell Terrible. While we don’t think it’s naturally going to smell like a bouquet of fresh cut roses, foul-smelling stool is a clear indication of infection or a more serious digestive illness inside your body.
- The Colon Can Always Use a Good Flushing. NO. NO. NO. With the popularity of colonics, came along this myth that the colon can benefit from a routine flushing. This could not be any further from the truth. Just like antibiotics can not tell the difference between the good (healthy) bacteria from the bad bacteria our body needs, colon flushing destroys ALL bacteria. So ultimately, this is very dangerous for you. Stay away.
- Taking Your Time is Healthy. Studies show a direct connection between “toilet reading” and hemorrhoids. More on this directly below in “Get in and Get out”
Get in and Get out
Ah, the truth about toilet reading. This one may be more for men, but the truth is, “toilet reading” (i.e. sitting on the pot for extended periods of time feigning pooping) is actually VERY bad to your digestive health. How so? Well, not only is it unsanitary, as often times our unclean hands come in contact with reading materials (and the good ol’ iPhone in our hand), but this forced strain can also lead to hemorrhoids. These painful buggers come as a result of added strain and stress on our colon. Ditch the phone, and only go the restroom when you know it’s go time.
And Lastly, How to Have a Great Poop–Each and Every Time!
- Eat a Good Diet
Diets that are rich in fruits, fiber, and veggies will help promote regular waste. Diets that are high in fat will confuse your body and lead to constipation.
Remember the diagrams above that show the differences between sitting and squatting? Invest in a little stool (a kid’s size will suffice) and start with propping your feet up on that to help with smooth elimination. Fun fact: More than half of the world’s population still squats while pooping.
This may sound silly, but setting time aside every single day for yourself to use the restroom is crucial for your health. You want to feel comfortable, not rushed, and be able to have a few minutes of uninterrupted “me” time.
For people who live a sedentary lifestyle, they are much more prone to digestive issues–specifically constipation. Get up and move around to get that digestive process working smoothly.
- Drink Plenty of Fluids… Specifically Water!
As mentioned above in the “What it’s Made of” image, 75% of our stool consists of water. The more water that you drink, the better chances you will have to naturally get things moving.
This may sound like a lot of information, but trust us, what goes on with what comes out of you says more about your health than almost anything can. Start paying attention, because the answer might be right in front of you, well, behind you. Hehe:)