When a BM is not going as planned, nearly all people can tell instinctively. Pooping that sends you running to the john repeatedly or hurts? Probably a un-healthy poop.
You can compare the fruit of your labor against the Bristol Stool Form Scale if you actually want to really go into detail.
Scroll through to discover the eight most typical types of unhealthy poop and what they reveal about your health.
Unhealthy Pooping #1: It Hurts — Like, Really Hurts
Unhealthy Pooping #2: There’s Blood
Unhealthy Pooping #3: It’s Yellowish And Extremely Smelly
All poop is smelly, but if a BM smells extremely foul, that’s a sign that your poop is unhealthy. It may also have a yellowish khaki tint.According to Healthline, this color and smell combo usually indicates that your body isn’t absorbing nutrients from your food effectively.Sometimes, this symptom is associate with a chronic illness like Celiac disease. Other times, it indicates inflammation in your pancreas.
If you’ve eaten untreated water or food, it could also be caused by a microbe called giardia.
Unhealthy Pooping #4: You’re Constantly Backed Up
Unhealthy Pooping #5: You Can’t Stop Going
Unhealthy Pooping #6: Your Poops Are Very Narrow
Watch out for long, pencil-thin poops.Your intestines are a tube, and when something blocks part of the tube, the result is a very narrow stool that managed to squeeze past.If you notice a stringy poop, your first step should be to up your fiber intake and see whether constipation was a factor.If that doesn’t work and the problem persists, call your doctor.Pencil-like poos can indicate that a tumor or another blockage is stuck in your bowel and is causing the unhealthy poop symptoms.
Unhealthy Pooping #7: You Have ‘Floaters’
Unhealthy Pooping #8: It’s Very Pale
Any bowel movement that appears whitish, tan, or clay-like is unhealthy poop.These unusually pale bowl movements happen when your body’s bile isn’t draining properly. The liver makes bile, which gives poop it’s brown color, and the gallbladder releases the bile into the digestive system.If the poop is pale, it might indicate that your liver isn’t functioning properly, or that your gallbladder’s bile duct is blocked.Even if your BMs are healthy as can be, it’s a good idea to take an occasional peek in the toilet, just to make sure all the plumbing is working right!And if you were fascinated to learn about the unhealthy poop red flags that might be hiding in the toilet bowl, make sure to SHARE with friends and family.