Checkout ways to detect your health status from your “POO”

By Post Nigeria March 2, 2016 18:15

Checkout ways to detect your health status from your “POO”

Let’s talk about Poo today. Lol. What an embarrassing topic to talk about, but everybody Poos.

Your bowel movement is actually one of the best indicators of your overall health. When you go to the doctor, a single stool sample can be used to detect everything about your health ranging from bacterial infections to types of cancer and to your immune function.

According to Dr. Alison Chen, a Naturopathic doctor and author of “What Your Poo Says About You”, poo can also tell a lot about your stress levels, hydration and nutrition among others.

This is because your poo is more than just the digested food you ate during the day. Signs of healthy poo go a lot farther than shape and texture. The colour of your stool is also an indicator of health. Healthy poop ranges from light to dark brown and can even occasionally be green.

If you are not already into the habit of looking in the toilet before you flush, you might want to start doing so today.

Here are twelve types of poo and explanations on what causes them and how to treat them.

The Cannon Ball

poo cannonball

Dr. Alison Chen says cannonball poo, which is formed in small hard lumps, are a sign of dehydration, lack of fibre, electrolyte deficiency, iron supplements, bacteria imbalance, drug use (especially antibiotics) and stress.

To treat these types of poo, increase your water and electrolyte intake, start taking probiotics and give yourself abdominal massages using castor oil.

The Torpedo Bum

poo torpedo bum

According to Dr. Chen, dry, lumpy sausage-shaped stool is a sign of high fibre intake without adequate hydration. In this case, treatments are simple; start drinking more water.

Half Baked

poo half baked

Similar to the torpedo, half-baked poop is a little moister than the latter, but still requires some strain during the push. Dr. Chen recommends increasing both fibre and water intake for a more ideal stool.


poo sticky n slick

Dr. Chen describes this one as “soft blobs with clear-cut edges”, as it can be caused by a lack of fibre, gut irritants like hot sauce, a diet too high in sugar and food sensitivities. While this stool is still normal, you can try increasing your fibre intake and avoiding food irritants for a more ideal poop.

The Avalanche

pop avalanche

Anyone who’s had diarrhea knows this stool all too well. An avalanche can be caused by mild food poisoning, consuming too much artificial sugar, and food intolerance. While suffering from diarrhea, be sure to consume a lot of fluids and avoid the trigger foods mentioned above.

The Rafter

poo the rafter

If an avalanche is diarrhea, the rafter is extreme diarrhea. This liquid poo is the result of severe food poisoning, bacterial imbalances, food intolerance and inflammatory bowel diseases.

As with the avalanche, staying hydrated is key. Once the diarrhea has subsided, the author recommends eating anti-inflammatory foods and looking into a hypo-allergenic diet.

The Greasy floater

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If you’ve ever flushed the toilet, walked away and then came back to see a lone poop floating in the bowl, you’ve been witness to the floater. This stool is greasy and can be caused by consumption of drugs, inflammation in the gut and food intolerance. To treat this stool, reduce consumption of inflammatory foods and be careful to chew your food properly.

The Chunky stool


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Some foods like corn are difficult for your body to break down, so it’s not surprising to see whole kernels in your stool. If you notice other chunks of food in your stool, you might not be chewing correctly. Dr. Chen suggests chewing thoroughly to reduce the likelihood of chunky stool.

The Itchy bum


poo itchy bum

If you notice white spots in your stool and a very itchy backside, you might be experiencing a parasitic infection. Wash your hands thoroughly and check in with your doctor.

The Sticky bum


pop chuncky bum

Poop should smell, but the odor shouldn’t be extremely foul. Dr. Chen suggests consuming probiotics to balance gut flora and get your body back to normal.

Mr. Happy

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If you’re in search of the perfect poop, this is it. Mr. Happy stool is soft and smooth and can be shaped like a sausage or snake. It doesn’t stick to the toilet bowl and doesn’t require a lot of pushing. Dr. Chen says this poo is typically a light to medium brown colour and has a slight odor.