Monday, July 16, 2007
Your Stools - endless fascination
You may not cop to it, but everyone is fascinated with their bodily waste (aka: bowel movements, stools, number 2, S*#t, dump,crap, elimination).
This handy chart can finally answer all of your questions about different types of bowel movement and what is "normal". As you can see, there are many variations with type 1 being consistent with constipation. Type 6 and 7 are diarrhea.
What is normal? Anything in-between. The best way to achieve that golden state of normal elimination is through diet. You've heard it before...fruit, vegetables, fiber and water are the key to a happy colon.
No, you don't need colonics or enemas. The colon is made to be self cleansing and certain bacteria and enzymes are supposed to be there. Don't wash them away. If you take antibiotics, replace the intestinal flora with natural yogurt or probiotics. Certain medications can also cause constipation or diarrhea and may require extra fiber supplements to keep things moving normally.
This may be more than you ever wanted to know about stools, but admit it...you did look at the picture and wonder, right?