What does your poo reveal about your gut?
By Denise Hales
Poo is a subject that most people don’t like to discuss. Despite the discomfort this topic might cause, it’s vital that we stay in touch with what our poo is trying to tell us about our gut health.
In this article we will look at how to know if your poo is healthy or unhealthy. If you experience unhealthy poo regularly, over a period of time, your whole body including your skin, immunity and brain function can start to be affected.
How to know if your poo is healthy or not
If you have optimal gut health, you should experience:
- Strong urge when it is ready to come out
- Slips out easily and softly
- Needs no coaxing or pushing
- Is well formed (poo should look like a banana)
- Is well hydrated (if it looks like little balls pressed together it’s been in the colon too long)
If you have suboptimal gut health, you may experience:
- No urge or sudden urge
- Very firm (looks like little balls of rabbit poo) or is very loose
- It hurts (feels like you’re passing bricks or burns because it’s loose)
- Bloated pot tummy, cramping or feeling sick
- Burning pain the chest, throat or tummy
- Take a long time (grunt, groan and push)
- There is blood or mucus
- Excess smelly gas
- Itchy bottom
What causes suboptimal gut health and poos?
Can’t poo properly when:
- You don’t drink enough water
- You haven’t eaten enough fibre, like leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and whole grains
- Too much flour based foods
- Not exercised enough
- You are emotionally anxious
- Too busy
Poo too much when:
- Too many nasty bugs or worms take over your good gut bacteria
- Some food may cause sensitivities, like dairy, gluten, eggs, legumes; which can increase smelly gas and cramping
- Stress and anxiety
- Coffee and some medications
What can I do if I experience suboptimal gut health and poos?
The most effective way to improve gut health (and your bowel movement) is to work with a Naturopath or Clinical Nutritionist at Endeavour Wellness Clinics. Together, you will locate the underlying cause and work to determine achievable diet and lifestyle changes. They may also request you go for functional testing or request that you try suitable liquid herbs or supplements.