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What to look for in a healthy poo?

What does a healthy poo look like?

Your bowel habits and the health of your stools reflect your gut health and can help to identify issues with digestion, stool transit time if you are eating enough fibre and drinking enough water and potentially more serious health issues. Healthy poo from its size, texture and colour, can tell you a lot about what is happening within your body.

Normal stools are soft and formed, not hard or lumpy, and are passed without urgency or straining. When going to the toilet you should be aware of the following:

Noise – it should make little to no noise when it hits the water in the toilet.

Size – preferably in one piece and the longer the better.

Colour – stools contain a pigment called bilirubin, which forms when red blood
cells break down and should be mid-brown in colour (this can be affected by a large amount of coloured food, such as beetroot).

Texture – soft and solid (not hard and with no cracks). It should sink slowly to the bottom of the toilet and not float, splash or drop like a rock.

Smell – it should have an odour emitted by the bacteria it contains.

Pain-free – passed easily with minimal straining (and taking no longer than 10 minutes).

Regularity – once or twice daily and a minimum of 3-4 times a week.

Consistent – we are all different but should have our own consistent bowel habits and monitor any major changes.

The Bristol Stool Chart classifies stools into seven categories and understanding which category you fall in may help to indicate your gut health.

Transit time is reduced as we go from Type 1 to Type 7, from constipation to diarrhoea.

    • Types 1 and 2 indicate constipation and shouldn’t happen often – increasing water intake should help with this. If not, please visit your doctor.
    • Types 3 and 4 are normal poop types – they should be soft and easy to pass.
    • Type 5 indicates a lack of fibre.
    • Types 6 and 7 are types of diarrhoea – drink additional water to avoid dehydration, identify the cause and seek medical advice if it does not return to normal within a few days.
Bristol Stool Chart and the health of your poo - ProVen Probiotics
Bristol Stool Chart and the health of your poo – ProVen Probiotics

Want to know more?

Pro-Ven Probiotics aim to provide the best support for both you and your health. If you wish to know more about gut health and its relationship to healthy poo, please do not hesitate to call us on 01639 825107 or alternatively, learn more via our blogs or in-depth proven research.

ProVen Probiotics, Unit 2 Christchurch Road, Baglan Industrial Park, Port Talbot, SA12 7DJ. Tel: 01639 825107

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