Did you know the average newborn goes through an average of 10-14 diapers per day? Which means I have changed a minimum of 310 diapers in the past month!! Excuse my french, but that’s a lot of shit! Which brings me to this months newsletter.
Your poo can tell you a lot about your health. Here’s what it’s trying to tell you.
Textures of Poop
Separate hard lumps, like nuts: You need to drink more water and eat more fiber (fruits and veggies).
Sausage shaped, smooth and soft: You’re doing just fine!
Watery, no solid pieces, all liquid: You might have some sort of infection. Diarrhea is your bodies way of cleaning it out. Drink lots of liquids to replace what you lost.
Soft and sticks to the side of the toilet: Presence of too much oil…your body isn’t absorbing fats properly. Diseases like chronic pancreatitis can prevent you from properly absorbing fat.
Sausage-shaped but lumpy: Nothing serious, but you still need to drink more water and eat more fiber.
Shades of Poop
Brown: You’re fine!
Green: Food is moving fast through your system, or you ate your share of green veggies or green food coloring.
Yellow: Indicates excess fat, which could be due to a malabsorption disorder, like celiac disease.
Blood-stained: Call your doctor
Light colored or white: Some meds can cause this or it could mean bile obstruction. Call your doc if its not normally what you see.
Black: Some vitamins can cause black poop or it could mean you are bleeding internally. See a doc if you are worried.
On average you should poop 1-3 times per day.
It takes 1-3 days for your food to digest.
When you poop, the little brown blob in your toilet is what’s left of the food after your body has absorbed all the nutrients it needs from it.
The first time you see anything out of the ordinary don’t panic. If it happens again and you feel uneasy, call you doc.
How to Keep Your Poop Healthy
Eat 20-25 grams of fiber per day
Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day
Take a daily probiotic