- Dr Laura Stix
How Does Your Poop Measure Up?
The digestive system is a major benchmark of health. If it’s not functioning well, the rest of the body cannot function well.
While many patients feel rather squeamish discussing the details of their poop shoot, there isn't one that escapes the Bowel Inquisition! Even those patients that try to sneak past by leaving the digestive system section largely blank on their intake forms, hoping we won’t have to talk about bowel movements, never slip by.
In all seriousness, it’s quite typical that we adapt to our current state of health and are not actively aware that something might even be “off”. It’s also easy in the hustle and bustle of busy lives to become disconnected from our bodies and not pay attention to small signs or symptoms.
The good old Bristol poop chart is an easy place to start. If you’re not used to it already, make it a habit to take note of what your stool looks like….then see how it measures up with this fun poop chart.. My goal for patients is Type 4 – a “sausage”. It should have smooth edges and be easy to pass. There also shouldn't be any blood or mucous or undigested food in your stool. And yes, it's normal to see corn in your stool, as well as seeds and sometimes pieces of beans.
Other symptoms that are red flags and suggest your digestive system needs a tune up include any of the following (when they occur on a fairly regular basis):
Belching (not related to carbonated beverages)
Reflux or heartburn
Indigestion or cramping
You may think that passing gas is a common occurrence amongst friends or family and therefore is considered "normal"..... except it's not. Just like how obesity has become commonplace, it is not an optimal state of health....and neither is passing gas or any of the other items on that list.
If you take time to connect more with your body and pay attention to the signs and symptoms, you may be surprised to find that your digestive system is not functioning well.
If you have any doubts, drop me a line and we can set up a time to review your health concerns and make sure you’re on a path to optimal health!
'Till next time, happy pooping!