Below is the Bristol stool chart.
Bristol Stool Chart Poop Type 1: Hard and separated lumps that look like nuts
- Indication: Constipation. These little pellets mean your bowel activities aren’t healthy.
Bristol Stool Chart Poop Type 2: Sausage-like but lumpy
- Indication: Mild constipation. Ensure you drink plenty of fluid to treat constipation-like situations.
Bristol Stool Chart Poop Type 3: Long-shaped with some cracks on the surface
- Indication: Normal. It will pass out easily and is somewhat soft.
Bristol Stool Chart Poop Type 4: Smooth and snake-like
- Indication: Somewhat normal. You may see once or thrice a week.
Bristol Stool Chart Poop Type 5: Soft blobs and clear-cut edges
- Indication: Lack of fiber. Ensure your diet contains sufficient fiber through vegetables and cereal.
Bristol Stool Chart Poop Type 6: Mushy and fluffy with ragged edges
- Indication: Sign of mild diarrhea. Ensure you are drinking sufficient fluids to improve your poop appearance.
Bristol Stool Chart Poop Type 7: Watery with no solid pieces
- Indication: Diarrhea. Consult with your doctor for how to treat diarrhea.
Now you know all about the Bristol stool chart. Moving ahead, the following section talks about the different poop colors that you are likely to see at least once in your lifetime.
Understanding poop color
Know that brown color is considered normal poop color. Sometimes greenish-brown feces may also be fine.
Other poop colors that you must know and what they indicate are as follows:
If you excrete the waste in the color yellow, it indicates that your poop contains excess fat. This may be due to issues with producing bile or enzymes.
Most people will experience yellow poop at some point in time. Usually, it is because of your diet or a minor health condition. However, if this lasts for 2 or more weeks, you should visit the doctor’s clinic.
Food items get their orange color due to a pigment called beta-carotene. Consuming excess orange-colored food items causes orange stool. However, factors like blocked bile ducts and medicines can also cause your poop color to turn orange.
You are likely to excrete black stools that appear like coffee beans when there is internal bleeding in the body. Substances like bismuth, black licorice, black stool medications, and iron supplements can cause black poop.
Red-colored poop indicates gastrointestinal bleeding. Small amounts of blood in the poop can indicate hemorrhoids or piles.
Also, eating or drinking red-colored food items can turn your poop color to red. Once these food items are passed through your bowel movements, your poop color should be brown in color again. If not, visit the doctor’s clinic and get it checked.
Eating food items that are green in color causes green poop. However, green poop may be an indication of no bile or not enough bilirubin in the poop.
If you excrete white, grey, or pale poop, it may be an indication of a gallbladder or liver issue. Pale poop color suggests a lack of bile. Also, anti-diarrhea medicines causes white poop.
However, apart from stool appearance and color, have you ever wondered why your poop floats even after flushing so many times? Find out why below.
Why does your poop float even after flushing more than once?
At least once in your life, you might have noticed your poop floating around the toilet bowl even after flushing more than once.
Some parts of your poop float while others sink because that floating stool is less dense than others.
According to a study published by The New England Journal of Medicine, one potential reason for the lack of density in stool can be due to increased water and gas.
Talk to your doctor if you find your poop floating more often.
When should you visit the doctor’s clinic?
If you find abnormal bowel movements more often, in terms of appearance and color, then you should meet a doctor.
It is okay to occasionally find a poop color other than brown or poop shape that doesn’t appear like a sausage. But if it happens frequently, talk to your doctor.
Also, if you are suffering from chronic constipation or chronic diarrhea, seek your doctor’s help and take proper medicines.
Other than that, if you have any problems relating to your poop, Bristol stool chart, or overall digestive system, you can always discuss it with your doctor.
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