How Often Should You Poop?
Monday, June 12th, 2017
There’s some debate about how often you should poop and what a healthy bowel movement looks like. Let’s put an end to all the questioning and set the record straight. Every day your body tells you how well it’s functioning. One of the best ways is through your poop!
Not having a normal poop can indicate a number of varying health concerns such as inflammatory bowel disease, not having the right gut bio-terrain, food allergies, nutrient deficiency, enzyme deficiency, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, overall acidity in the body (which is a precursor to cancer), SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), dysbiosis, and intestinal infections.
You can adjust what you eat to have a healthy bowel movement, but before you can do this, you must first understand what’s healthy and what’s NOT.
Watch this video to learn what your poop is saying about your digestive health.
Number 2 is your number 1 tool to see what your body is up to. For example, my sister was lactose intolerant growing up and it took her years to discover this because she did not know that it wasn’t normal to have diarrhea every time you ate ice cream or drank milk.
You have to look at your poo every time you go to the bathroom, don’t just cover it up with toilet paper and blindly flush every time.
Otherwise, you are literally flushing an opportunity down the toilet that is giving you insight into your health that can help prevent chronic illness years before it starts.
You can use this every single day of your life to get feedback about the choices you made yesterday and the day before that or the week before that.
In my Gut Rebuilding program, we call the perfect poop the Golden Doodle.
What’s a normal poop look like?
A normal healthy bowel movement should be brown, formed, and pass easily. It should take only a minute or two from the time you sit down to fully release a complete stool effortlessly. You should have a clean break, which means there is no real need to wipe and once you are finished you should feel elated, light, complete, and joyful. You should have this experience 1-3 times per day, every day.
There shouldn’t be pain, straining, and effort. You shouldn’t be using half a roll of toilet paper each time and you shouldn’t feel like there is still some left inside. Nor should you feel drained and gross afterward. These are all signs that something isn’t working quite right in your digestive tract.
There are 7 different types of poop.
Type 1- Separate hard lumps, like nuts and hard to pass
Type 2- Sausage shaped and lumpy and usually pretty dry. Indicates that you are most likely constipated. If they are separate hard lumps means a very constipated state.
Type 3- Is sausage-like but has cracks on the surface, which is normal.
Type 4- Soft sausage or like a snake. One smooth long piece all connected.
Type 5- Soft blobs with cut edges that passes easily. This is not normal and often indicates that you are lacking fiber.
Type 6- Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, which is a clear sign of inflammation in the body along with a number of other things that could be going on.
Type 7- Watery with no solid pieces, basically straight up diarrhea—another sign of inflammation.
Type 1 and 2 are signs of constipation and if you fall in this category you most likely poop 1 time or less per day or as little as once a week. This is a very uncomfortable position to be in because your food is not passing through your body as it should be and toxins are getting reabsorbed into the colon.
Let’s back up a bit…
When you are chewing food, you swallow and it goes down into your stomach, it moves on to the small intestines, bile is added into the small intestines, and then it goes into the colon and that’s where all the bacteria live. This is where your food gets digested and hopefully, you have good bacteria so you can get good results from their efforts. If you have bad bacteria, toxins will be produced and absorbed into your bloodstream.
Anything in your intestines can be absorbed by the bloodstream. Your body uses this very thin membrane, your intestines, and soaks up anything that is there. If your food is moving too slowly through the colon, the waste products that should be leaving, are getting reabsorbed into the blood. Then these waste products are going back through the liver and getting filtered again and it creates a negative feedback loop of toxicity between the colon and the liver. Over time this constant cycle will make your body toxic and you will start to see it in your skin.
This toxic cycle is also linked to SIBO, which is exacerbated by slow motility in the colon, AKA constipation. SIBO is often associated with rosacea (redness on your face or chest), allergies, food sensitivities, and a highly reactive state in general.
Types 5, 6, and 7- these types are diarrhea. If you are one of these types, you most likely struggle with inflammation, which can show up in many ways in your body. Some examples are arthritis, allergies, hives, and food allergies.
Some people fluctuate all over the stool chart and this is a sure sign of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
Your stools should be fully digested. There should not be any discernable food left over and if there is, it shows that you are not chewing your food well enough if you are seeing whole pieces at the end.
Let’s talk color:
Your poop should be brown. The color brown in your poop is often caused by food that is mixed in with the bilirubin from your bile as well as the bacterial fermentation.
Did you know that the bacteria ferment your food and creates a slippery substance that allows your poop to move through your intestines easily and effortlessly? So having the right bacteria is crucial to not being constipated.
If you poop changes color, it can indicate various things about your health. If your poop is green, it can indicate that your food is moving too quickly through your digestive tract. Green poop can also occur when you start eating more veggies or if you start adding chlorophyll. This is okay for a few days but if it persists, you need to improve your digestion so that you are breaking things down properly. Otherwise, you are missing out on nutrients that are moving right through you before your body gets to absorb them.
Light color or white stool can indicate issues with bile production or an obstruction of the bile duct, which can be more serious. Some medications may cause this too. Sometimes stool can be covered in a white cob-webby mucous, often caused by Candida in the intestines or an intestinal infection.
Black and red poop indicates blood and this is not ideal. This can get scary, although it could be caused by iron supplements or eating too many beets. Really pay attention to what is going on and contact your doctor if it persists.
Yellow stool indicates an inability to digest fats very well and can point to liver or gall-bladder issues. You’ll notice this when your poop is foul smelling and greasy.
Let’s talk smell
It’s normal for your poop to not smell like roses but at the same time, it shouldn’t be overpowering or nauseating. This type indicates that the bacteria in your gut are fermenting your food improperly which is caused by having the wrong bacteria living in your gut. It can also be from not having the right enzymes or the right pH in your gastric juices. Having the right pH in your gastric juice will help the right bacteria to grow. This is where it gets complex with your body because you have to make sure that you have proper digestion.
You have to work on getting the right bacteria growing in your gut, getting the bad bacteria or yeasts out, getting your digestion stronger, and increasing your mineral absorption and that will help with your pH.
Many people turn to over the counter drugs to deal with constipation, diarrhea and many other digestive upsets. All of the typical drugs just mask the symptoms of bad digestion. When you use these drugs, you are not listening to your body and using the messages as a way to heal, which is why they are there.
Masking the symptoms can lead you further down the path of chronic symptoms and this is where it can get intense. Science has uncovered a ton of information in the past couple of years showing the correlation between an unhealthy gut and certain chronic conditions. Autoimmune disorders, obesity, asthma, allergies, type 2 diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), and hormone imbalances all stem from the gut.
If you are dealing with any of these issues, you now know that you have to start healing your gut. I have worked with many people who have healed their gut by doing my Gut Rebuilding Program.
If you are struggling with any of these issues, you can look at your poop every day to start to understand the changes and what they mean.
Here’s something to make you laugh:
If you are not dealing with the more complex issues that I just discussed, but things aren’t looking so great in the toilet, these issues could be where you are headed if you don’t start to make a shift. This can be where you are headed also if you are using over the counter drugs to mask the issues as well.
Food as medicine is the best kept secret.
I am excited to show you later how you can use the food that you eat to help make your poop healthy so that you feel good and your skin starts glowing every day. I am also a trained herbalist so I know how to help you use herbs to clear up health issues, not just mask them.
I used to have really bad environmental allergies and I had to first heal my gut to deal with the allergies
Okay, so let’s find out what your poop is telling you.
Over the next 24 hours note the color, smell, and types of stool you have based on the Bristol stool chart.
Is it effortless?
Do you strain?
How many times are you going each day?
Do you have a clean break?
How close are you to the Golden Doodle?
Don’t judge, just pay attention and look with fresh eyes. Gather your data with no right or wrong, just awareness. Start there.
Once you have the data then you can start to make improvements on it. In fact, check out the 3 Major Mistakes People Make When Trying to Fix Their Gut Webinar to get your digestion into the right range.
Next, we will be talking about your energy levels and energy leaks. Your energy is your vitality and your life force. It’s the power that moves you forward in your life. When your gut is compromised, your energy levels falter.
Don’t forget to join me for the next video when I show you how you could be draining your most important resource.