What is a healthy poop?

What is a healthy poop?
Kirandeep Chahal

We love talking shit and are not afraid to say it! Shit, shit, shit. It’s time we all stop hiding behind our toilet seats and realize the importance of a healthy poop! (Ah, yes, the potty talk.)


While we, at Smeltt were starting out our careers as poop detectives, the first place we looked at, was the physical evidence. Yes, that’s right. Poop. A topic very dear to us and our colon.

 

So, what does a good poop look like?

Our gut is closely related to our well-being on numerous levels. What goes on in the washroom can be suggestive of bigger issues—like food indigestion or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. 


A healthy poop will be firm but soft in consistency - think of whipped cream (sans the edible part of it). Hard, lumpy, watery, or extremely foul-smelling doodies are an indication towards poor gut health. 

 Long story short, A good poop is made up of the following:

 

  •  Water (75 per cent)
  • Undigested food, mostly fiber
  • Microbes - those bugs that live in your gut
  • Waste products produced by your body, including broken down red blood cells
  • Dead cells shed from the lining of your gut
  • Slimy mucus

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    What leads to smelly poop?

    Picture your poop as that one vegetable in your fridge which you will never eat. The more you ignore it, the more it will stink. It’s not because poop has to smell like Parisian orchid fields but too much stank in one tank is also not healthy.

    There are three constants in life—death, taxes, and smelly poo. Though smelly poo is inevitable, there’s a chance that it may be more about your diet than digestion. If you're eating a lot of protein-rich foods like meat, eggs, supplement powders, broccoli, etc, your doodies are going to smell deadly. Period.

    Just because your poop stinks, your bathroom doesn’t have to. That’s where we come in with unbelievable Smeltt Sprays,  talk about product placement ;) 

     

    What kinds of alarming signs should you look out for?

     

    Poopytown is a diverse place and we need to look back and pay it a visit to keep a check on our gut health. Here are some villainous poops you should look out for : 

     

    Soft poop: The most common troublemaker is diarrhea, which can be caused by food intolerance, stomach bugs or even medications.

     

    Hard poop: Constipation is diarrhea’s bae. The reason being less intake of fiber-rich foods in your diet, or not drinking enough water.

     

    Green poop: Persistent green poop means that food is moving through your gut too quickly, resulting in too much bile in your poop.

     

    Light yellow or grey poop: A clear sign of  infection which means your body is not absorbing nutrients properly.

     

    Black or red poop: Usually happens when you eat or drink colored foods like beetroot,soft-drinks etc. But it can also indicate towards bleeding in your digestive tract caused by more serious issues, and your doctor needs to get to the ‘bottom’ of it ASAP

     

    Floating poop: It’s simple, too much fat in your poop makes it float which is a sign of your body not being able to take up fat and other nutrients from food.

     

     How to achieve the perfect poop?

    Poop comes in different shapes, colors, textures, and smells (Yuck we know right!), but since it varies so much, it can be difficult to know what the perfect poop looks like.

    The rule of thumb for a happy and healthy trip to shit’s creek begins with the 3 Fs :

     

     1. Fluids

    Poop is 75% water and you are supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day ideally for a healthy lifestyle. Drinking a healthy amount of fluids daily will save you from the gut monster named constipation.

     

     2. Fiber

    Fiber is poop’s BFF. Solvent fiber assimilates water and structures a gel in your digestive tracts, which beefs up your crap and makes it sufficiently smooth to keep the trains moving. Solvent fiber additionally manages glucose and can bring down cholesterol levels too!. 

    Expoot advice: Add these nourishing foods for a perfect stroll to poopytown: Oranges, oats, apples, beans, peas, lentils, pears, berries, and flax.

     

    3. Fitness

    Hips don’t lie when it comes to busting a sweat, be it externally or internally. For a smooth, satisfactory, and effortless poop, we highly recommend you to move your behind a little and see what that tushy can do(o).

     

    Here’s a chart (Bristol) that will help you identify your poo a little better : 

     

    Stool_chart

     Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_stool_scale

     

    Go ahead, you can let go of those giggles now. 

    By now you must have seen plenty of poop charts making their rounds on social media. From poo emojis to turd charts going viral on the internet, it’s a poo-vement! Giggles, embarrassment, and poo talk taboo kept aside, why do we still shy away from talking about it openly? Afterall 7.8 billion people only have one thing in common. 

    So, next time when you poo, what would you do differently? Do let us know! (Well, maybe without pictures obviously)