Image by sincerelymedia via Unsplash Going to the toilet to do your ‘business’ might not be the topic everyone discusses with their friends, but looking at your poop can tell you the state of your health more than you think. If you think that as long as you visit the toilet daily to do your […]
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Going to the toilet to do your ‘business’ might not be the topic everyone discusses with their friends, but looking at your poop can tell you the state of your health more than you think. If you think that as long as you visit the toilet daily to do your ‘business’ is good enough, that might not really be the case. Find out below if your poop is healthy or unhealthy by looking at its colour and shape!
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If you find it hard to pass motion and your poop is small and separate hard lumps, it is definitely a sign of constipation. This also means that your poop has been in your intestine for several weeks!
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How often do you poop in a week? Many have the misconception that only pooping every day is healthy, but a person with healthy digestion can poop as many as 3 times a week to only pooping every other day! Any lesser is likely an indication of constipation.
While we often hear jokes about how a person must be pooping if he’s taking quite some time in the toilet, a healthy poop on the contrary does not take long at all! A healthy poop should be relatively easy to pass, taking around a minute. However, some people do take longer in the toilet. If you’re taking more than 15minutes, it’s probably not a healthy poop!
When Should You Visit The Doctor?
Many of us experience constipation at least once in our lives, so when is it serious for us to go visit the doctor?
First, take note of the colour and the consistency of your poop for the next few days. Usually, you’ll be able to resolve it by drinking plenty of water, introducing more fibre to your diet or relief constipation with natural laxatives. If there are still irregularities after a few days, talk to your doctor.
Chronic diarrhea or chronic constipation can affect your nutrient absorption and obstruct your bowels. It can even be a sign of more serious underlying health conditions.