Poop Research

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Passing of poop, stool or faeces is regarded as a normal phenomenon in the human physiology. Poop is regarded as the solid waste matter discharged from the intestine after digestion of food has taken place through the anus. Poop is a collection of water (which makes up about 75%), bile, undigested food like fibre, fat, inorganic salts and dead bacteria. Majority of the food you eat can affect your poop in its consistency and its colour. How your diet affect the consistency of your poop Poop is usually soft to firm in appearance and its shape is determined by the intestine. The Bristol Stool Chart or Meyer’s Chart categorised the human poop into seven categories on its consistency, shape and appearance. Type 1: Separate hard lump (indicates severe constipation) Type 2: Lumpy and sausage like (indicates mild constipation) Type 3: Sausage shape with cracks in the surface (stool is normal) Type 4: Like a smooth, soft sausage or snake (stool is normal) Type 5: Soft blobs with clear-cut edges (stool lacks fibre) Type 6: Mushy consistency with ragged edges (indicates mild diarrhoea) Type 7: Liquid consistency with no solid pieces (indicates severe diarrhoea) According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, women and men should consume 25 and 35 grams of fibre a day, respectively. Diet rich in fibre plays a big role in regulating bowel movement as well as adding bulkiness to your poop. Two types of fibre exist: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre dissolve in water, which makes your poop firmer and slower to pass. Foods high in soluble fibre include oats, edamame or green soybeans, oranges, apples, bananas and Brussels sprouts. Insoluble fibre does not dissolves or absorbs water. They add bulk to poop... ... middle of paper ... ...tle or no significant role in the colour change because most of the time it is as a result of malabsorption disorders like celiac disease. Pale Stool: This can be very concerning because it is not as a result of the food eaten. It is suggestive of insufficient bile in the poop. This may be due to a problem with the liver or gallbladder, which both help in the secretion of bile. A balanced diet as well as drinking sufficient amount of water helps in normal and healthy bowel movement. It is advised to check your poop before you flush it down the drain as you may notice some changes. If you have a colour change in your poop that lasts for a week or more and it is not related to your diet, you should visit your doctor. Chronic constipation and diarrhoea that occur for more than few days are suggestive of symptoms of some conditions that need immediate attention.
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