Different Shades of Poop: Guide To Digestive Health

It is a fact that we all poop and there is nothing wrong in discussing about it especially if something is worrying you. Bowel movements can be affected by various factors including stress, diet changes, environment, and physical activity. Although there is nothing to worry when you notice once in a while changes in poop, you should not ignore if the change persists. Your gastrointestinal and digestive system may be trying to tell you something is wrong within the body that needs treatment. Here are some color and shapes of poop with their meanings to guide you.

Different Shades of Poop

Bowel movements are the best indicator of how the digestive system is working. Different shades may indicate if there is excess or deficiency in your diet which you need to address.

  • Light to Dark brown poop

This is the medically desired poop color which indicates good health and balanced diet. Normal digestive tract functions when hemoglobin protein breaks down to create bilirubin which then passes through the intestine to give the typical brown color of poop. The time may vary which changes the poop color to light or dark.

  • Yellow poop

Yellow poop needs attention as the fats are not being absorbed by the poop which is not a good sign.

  • Green poop

This means the intestine did not take much time to flush out the waste in form of poop and so did the color not change to brown. This usually happens when you have consumed dark green colored foods in previous days. Green vegetables contain a lot of iron which does not get mixed with bilirubin if the poop moves down too fast. This causes the green color of poop.

  • Blue poop

Blue colored foods or foods containing dyes may cause blue poop as the digestive tract may not have taken enough time to pass it down.

  • Black poop

Black colored poop indicates dried blood which should be treated as soon as possible. This is not a good sign for health.

  • Red poop

Red colored poop happens when the intestine is bleeding. This usually happens because of hemorrhoids.

  • White poop

This happens when the liver is not functioning properly and bile release in the stool is not adequate. This is an emergency situation in which you need treatment.

Different Shapes of Poop

The shape and consistency of poop may indicate various diet and health factors which should be noticed if happened frequently.

  • Hard poop

Hard poop occurs when you have been constipated for long period of time and have difficulty passing it. The water content has been vanished from such poop because of staying long enough in the large intestine. This may be in form of pebbles which are hard enough to poop.

  • Firm poop

The long sausage type firm poop is hard enough to pass but lesser than the pebble form. The water content is still present in poop but has been stayed for longer than usual time in the large intestine.

  • Cracked poop

This form may have cracks on the outer surface of poop which may indicate a poor diet or lifestyle.

  • Healthy poop

Healthy poop is the one we all desire to have as it has all nutrients and water intact until flushed out. This is the usually sausage shaped having smooth look on the outside.

  • Soft Blob poop

This usually occurs when you pass out stool 2 to 3 times a day after large meals. Since the digestive tract does not have enough time to get the right consistency, it may be soft which is not a problem.

  • Mushy poop

Mushy poop is an early sign of diarrhea which is hard to control as it passes too quickly through the digestive system. This type occurs as a result of stress or sudden changes in diet.

  • Liquid poop

Liquid poop occurs in advanced stages of diarrhea when there is no solid forming in the tract and only liquid is flushed out very frequently.

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