The internet has enabled thousands of snake oil salesmen to sell naive rubes on preposterous ways to diagnose their health. Real doctors have even created a handy scale called the Bristol stool chart you can use to analyze your poop. Ideally your stool should be brown and smooth in the shape of a snake. The perfect poop is easy to push out, sinks nicely to the bottom of the bowl, and only takes one wipe to clean up. Fiber is more difficult to digest, which is why high fiber foods can get out of your system relatively unscathed. A log jam occurs because the large intestine removes water from your stool as it passes through your system.
They are an important part of your immune system , and they help your body regulate fluids and produce vitamins. Your colon, in particular, houses trillions of bacteria that affect metabolism and digestion. So keeping quiet about any bowel trouble you experience may have more repercussions than you ever expected. It can not only prevent you from enjoying life to the fullest, but even put you at risk for further complications or disease, like colorectal cancer. Ideally, you should have one or two bowel movements every day. If you go less often than that, your diet may be low in fiber.
Your stool can have a different consistency depending on your diet, your health, and even the medications you take. You may notice occasionally that some of your stool may stick to the side of the bowl after you flush. Sticky poop can be a symptom of a temporary or chronic digestive disorder or the result of a diet that contains too much fat.
By Jaimie Dalessio Clayton. Poop happens — to everyone. Although it's natural to flush and hit the sink without a second glance, taking a peek at what's in the toilet bowl can benefit your health. And chances are, there's a lot you never knew, or thought to ask, about your number two. First, even though we often take poop for granted most days, sometimes your poop stool is not normal at all.