The 7 textures….

By Sibonokuhle P Mpofu

I know there are certain things we really don’t like to acknowledge, certain things that we do but pretend like we don’t do. I’m talking about something natural that everyone does twice a day or more I don’t know. A friend of mine was actually asking me why i was researching on something so weird and disgusting. I then told him that the fact that we don’t like to talk about it persuaded me to write on today’s topic, pooping. I’m sure everyone poops, so I will be discussing the 7 Textures Of Poop And What They Mean. The objective is familiarizing you with what is normal and what your poop actually says about you.

  1. Separate lumps

Hard poop usually comes in separate lumps and very hard to pass. When poop is this texture, it’s a sign that it sat in the large intestine and colon for an extended period of time. In other words, this type of stool often signals that you’re constipated. If this is commonly what you see in the toilet—and you aren’t suffering from another illness that comes with funky bowels—you may have a gastrointestinal condition called Chronic Idiopathic Constipation, or CIC. Drinking more water, making exercise part of your daily routine, and slowly adding more fiber to your diet may help.

  1. Sausage-shaped but lumpy

Firm stools that are connected but still lumpy can also a sign of constipation. Adding fiber to your diet and having more fluids actually helps with constipation.

  1. Sausage-shaped with cracks

This is considered to be a healthy poop. However the cracks indicate that you may have been a bit dehydrated. So it goes back to the issue of water. Drinking water results in a healthy stool.

  1. Sausage-shaped, smooth, and soft

This is referred to as the gold standard. This means you are having a wholesome diet and enough water congratulations.

  1. Soft blobs with clear-cut edges

This is common with people who have bowl movements twice or thrice a day, so it is normal.

  1. Fluffy pieces with ragged edges

According to the Bristol Stool Chart, fluffy, jagged pieces may indicate inflammation of the bowel or an inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. Consider visiting the doctor if your poop is like this. Be courageous when it comes to your health even for embarrassing topics.

  1. Watery

I usually experience this when I have a running tummy, diarrhea. If this goes on for two or more days consult your doctor.

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