Yep. I’m going there…even though most people don’t even acknowledge that s#!t happens. Sure it’s a gross topic, but you might want to give your #2 a glance before you flush because it is actually one of the best clues you have about your health.
Your bowel movements are the only real marker you have about your G.I health, and the first sign that your intestines aren’t up to par, is a shift in your normal GI routine.
Bowel movements are the result of your body using the nutrients it needs from the food you eat and eliminating what’s left. Bowel movements are important for health because they are the body’s natural way of removing waste.
There are a wide variety of stool colors, textures and forms that are considered “normal,” and there are definitely things that, if seen or experienced, warrant medical attention. With that said, the info that follows covers what you need to know about what’s normal and not normal about your bathroom visits.
Your stool is about 75% water, with the rest being a combination of fiber, live and dead bacteria, miscellaneous cells and mucus. The characteristics of your stool tells you a lot about how healthy your digestive tract is. The color, odor, shape, size, the sound it makes when it hits the water and whether it’s a “sinker” or a “floater” are all relevant information.