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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

What Your Poop Says About Your Health -- Two Things to Know

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Taking a look at your bowel movements (or poop) may not sound like a fun thing to do, but it can tell you a lot about your overall health. In fact, everything from the shape, color and texture of your stool is important, and can help you determine whether or not you have a serious condition. For example, dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, parasites, infections and other illnesses can all be seen in your stool.

Here are two things to know according to

#1 - Frequency: It's best to have at least one complete bowel movement a day. You should feel like your bowels have emptied rather than just partially eliminated. Some people go 2-3 times a day. This can be because of faster metabolisms, more robust good bacteria, or the quantity of food they eat. If you are eliminating more than 3 times a day, you are entering into the world of diarrhea.

Some people will say if you go every couple of days it's fine, but this is not true. This one of our body's greatest ways to eliminate toxins, acids and other stuff, so it's best to do daily.

#2 - Form: This is important, and it isn't talked about often. Your poops should be well-formed. This ensures we've digested and assimilated the nutrients from our food, and are eliminating acids and toxins properly.

Check out the chart below:

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