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, don’t go unscathed.
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. Being gassy from either end, heartburn, bloating, poor stool form, mucous, blood, undigested food….if you can say yes to any one of these, it’s definitely time to come in for a tune up, because that’s not “normal” (regardless of how many people may experience it!).
The good old Bristol poop chart is an easy place for us to start today. 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”, or as I say, a well-formed banana. It should have smooth edges and be easy to pass.
If you 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!
Stay tuned for more Digestive News and ‘till next time, happy pooping!