Practical guide for a healthy poo: how to poop fast
Let’s talk about our saddles! I know, it’s a personal and somewhat secret subject, but it’s time for us to begin to understand one of the most important dynamics of our overall well-being: our poo! I agree with you, this is not always a comfortable or pleasant topic to tackle, so take advantage of the privacy of your computer screen to approach with me, in all discretion, the crucial question: that of the constitution and disposal of our stool!
This indispensable moment of evacuation for our body is also one of the most precise and essential indices that we have to know our general state of health. Here’s your guide for a healthy poo!
WHAT MAKES UP OUR STOOL?
Our stools are mostly composed of dead digestive cells, organic matter, non-digestible fibers, and bacteria. As you know, digestion starts from the moment you put food in your mouth. Even before! In reality, seeing a colorful plate, diversified in front of you and feeling pleasant aromas and scents, intense, gives the start of digestion, stimulating the secretion of salivary enzymes. In short, even before chewing, our eyes and our nose already help us to digest (provided that your plate satisfies these senses).
Then, the product of our meal passes by the stomach than by the intestines. Fortunately, our intestines are full of cells, enzymes, and bacteria. Thus, our body will be able to absorb essential nutrients from our diet and pass them directly into our blood system.
All that is not interesting for our body, which is toxic and unusable, is transported throughout our digestive system: to the colon and the final evacuation! In total, almost 9 meters will be covered by these decomposing materials.
HOW OFTEN DO WE HAVE TO EVACUATE OUR STOOLS?
We all have different evacuation and assimilation rhythms. Even though the beats vary, certain conditions are mandatory for a proper removal.
On average, it is normal to go 2 to 3 times a day to the toilet to evacuate your stool. Ideally, our first visit to the bathroom should take place very soon after we wake up and after drinking a large glass of beneficial water. If this is not the case, it means that your diet yesterday did not have time or space to be assimilated. So she’s still somewhere, slowing down the process of your food today. In any case, evacuating at least once a day is a sign of good health. On the other hand, if you do not leave every day (3 times a week for example) or evacuate too much (from 4/5 times a day), it is a sign of imbalance.
WHAT DOES A HEALTHY POOP LOOK LIKE?
Let’s talk about dangerous things!
Here is a practical tour of the physical characteristics of a healthy poo. In general, a healthy poop looks like a torpedo, easy to evacuate and flexible.
Colors and meanings
A healthy poop should have a brownish color, neither too light nor too dark. In other cases, other colors give you clues about the organ or the disordered operation. A whitish or greyish color may be a direct indication of pancreas, liver or gallbladder failure. These three agencies are physically very close. The liver and pancreas are two essential glands for regulating our hormones and for digesting toxins, dense foods, acidic products, alcohol. A yellowish color could be a signal of infection or inflammation in the intestines, especially if this color is accompanied by mucus in your stool. It is also linked to a possible intestinal parasite: the Gardia. Finally, a greenish color indicates a possible chronic illness in progress, taking medication or taking iron supplements.
Blood in your stool?
Either this blood is due to the presence of hemorrhoids, especially if it is dissociated from your stool, or your stool contains blood, which would make it come from your intestines. In the second case, go to your doctor without delay. Never let this type of appearance go unnoticed and be attentive to its source (internal or external).
We recommend reading the article: What are the Different Types of Hemorrhoids
The logic is simple: because our stools are finding their way into our intestines twisting, their good shape is that of a C or an S.
In other cases: if you have small balls of stool, it means that they have remained too long in your digestive system. As a result, the water they contained was all the more absorbed. Why did they get stuck? Probably because your diet has a lack of fiber: the fibers push the residues throughout the intestines, like a rake that would collect leaves, to make a more compact and easy to carry.
How to increase your fiber intake? Think about whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes (beans, peas, lentils) and a wide variety of fibrous fruits and vegetables (green leafy vegetables, cabbage, onion, celery, broccoli, apples, oranges or pears).
In general, whether the stool is small or large if it is dry and difficult to evacuate, it is lack of fiber and mobility in your intestines. Sweep it all with a big shot of fiber!
If your stool is very liquid, it means that they move too fast! This can be due to an excess of fiber (reduce all raw vegetables), an infection or a purge.
If your stool floats and has a very unpleasant odor, it may be due to a problem of fat assimilation by your body, taking drugs or losing weight.
A healthy poop is flexible, easy to evacuate while keeping a compact shape that does not fall apart.
A FEW TIPS
As you can see, the amount of fiber in your diet is an essential key to assimilate efficiently and evacuate entirely. But if you eat more fiber, you will also have to ensure hydration side. Soluble fiber absorbs water, and unless you do not want to be constipated, you will need to drink frequently. The best way to know if this is the case? Also, diagnose your urine. Nothing is more straightforward, the darker it is, the more concentrated it is. Your goal: a clear pee all day! Except in the morning, where of course, the high concentration is normal.
If your stool does not move, move your body (just physical activity is enough) to stimulate the natural contractions of the bowel.
Finally, last practical advice, which proves most effective! When sitting on the throne, help yourself with a small stool to put your feet up or elevate them by placing them on the base of the toilet. Raising your knees will readjust your position and make evacuation much easier. Try!
You may also be interested in: Bananas and constipation: do bananas make you poop