Although a lot of people find it uncomfortable to talk about their poop, it’s very important to know certain aspects of it because it can reveal a lot about one’s well-being. Defecation is a crucial bodily function. When there is a change in bowel movements, it may be a consequence of changes in one’s diet; however, it could also be a sign of the body’s fight against an infection, or, a sign of a more serious disease or condition.

The stool is around 75% water, whereas the rest is a combination of fiber, dead and living bacteria, different cells, and mucus. A normal poop is usually smooth and soft, elongated, and whole. The texture should be uniform and the poop should be S-shaped. This shape comes from the shape of the lower intestine. When it comes to healthy poop color, it is definitely medium to light brown.

Let’s take a look at what other types of poop mean:

Small and hard lumpy poop-this may be a sign of acute inflammation of the small intestine. This type of stool is usually small, abrasive, and solid, with a diameter of 1 to 2 centimeters. This type of stool may occur in people who have been taking antibiotics and it usually causes anal bleeding.

Sausage shaped poop with lumps-this stool is very difficult to pass and may also cause anal bleeding. The diameter is between 3 to 5 centimeters and it is common among people who suffer from IBS.

Sausage shaped stool with cracked surface-this poop is very similar to the previous one. The main difference is that this one is processed faster.

Sausage-shaped poop, smooth, and soft-this kind of poop is normal and it’s common among people who defecate once in a day.

Soft blobs of stool with defined edges-this type of poop is present in people who defecate more than once per day after major meals.

Fluffy poop with ragged and torn edges-this stool has a soft texture and it may be a potential sign of high blood pressure and stress.

Diarrhea type of stool-this poop is similar to ordinary diarrhea; however, it happens in conjunction with constipation. Depending on the odor and color, this type of poop may be showing that the body is suffering from some disease or condition.

Black or bright red stool-this poop is a sign of bleeding in the GIT.

Pale brown or white stool-this may be a symptom of hepatitis, cirrhosis, or pancreatic disease.

Yellow-colored poop-usually, the poop is yellow when a person has gallbladder issues.

The unpleasant smell of poop may be a sign of:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Celiac disease
  • Problems with digestion and absorption

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