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Poop

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Poop tells us SOOO much about what is going on in our digestive tract.

Use The Bristol Stool Chart to see what your poop is telling you about your digestion!

I help to ‘center you’ on this chart.

 

 

 

The seven types of stool are:

  • Type 1: Separate hard lumps, like nuts (hard to pass)
  • Type 2: Sausage-shaped, but lumpy
  • Type 3: Like a sausage but with cracks on its surface
  • Type 4: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft
  • Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges (passed easily)
  • Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
  • Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces. Entirely liquid

Types 1–2 indicate constipation, with 3 and 4 being the ideal stools (especially the latter), as they are easy to defecate while not containing any excess liquid, and 5, 6 and 7 tending towards diarrhea.

Limitations

Assessment of fecal morphology using only the Bristol scale can miss important diagnostic markers of digestive health, and if used on its own, it can mislead in cases of keriorrhea, rectal bleeding, mucus in the rectum, problems in bile or ingestion of waxy esters, etc