What Your Bowels Say About Your Health

stool chartYes this is probably not a dinner topic, but it’s quite an important one. What your body releases may be saying a whole lot about your overall health. Dr Amy Foxx-Orenstein, president of the American College of Gastroenterology states, “what comes out your body is reflective of how well or how ill the body is.”

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Hard and Dry

The amount of time it takes for your food to digest and exit the body impacts the consistency of the stool. On average “intestinal transit” takes anywhere from 40-45 hours. When any waste is left in your body longer than this, your body re-absorbs the fluids back into the body leaving the waste dry and hard. People on blood pressure, anti-depressant, or histamine drugs will commonly have a

Small Lumps

If your stool looks like little pellets, you are probably experiencing slow digestion. “An ideal stool looks like a torpedo—it should be large, soft, fluffy and easy to pass,” says Foxx-Orenstein. Introduce more fiber into your diet to assist with this.