On a lot of levels, your poop is basically a message from your body. So, how can you tell if it’s an SOS or an “I love you”? We talked to Liza Rowan, a holistic nutritionist at Health and Vitality, to find out.
Someone who literally has their sh*t together will poop every day, and preferably at around the same time every day. Being in perfect sync with their bowels, it’s no wonder this person feels they can achieve anything in life.
The poop emoji is brown, looks a little like a soft serve, and is smiling for a reason. Unless you have eaten a lot of beetroot or have had a few too many blue slurpies your poop should also be brown.
It should also be smooth in consistency, and if you were to squat on the ground instead of dropping it into water, your poop might also curl up in a cute little meringue shape, as per the poop emoji.
Help, my poop doesn’t look like the poo emoji!
Don’t stress, it’s often suprisingly easy to get your body back on track.
Bacteria makes it brown, so when your poop is yellow-green or very light in colour, it could be a sign your gut isn’t as healthy as it could be. You might have experienced this if ever you had to take antibiotics, or had diarrhea. Eating fermented foods like kimchi, kombucha and yogurt help cultivate more good gut bacteria.
If your poop was too dry, hard and lumpy, causing straining or constipation, you can usually fix the problem by adding more fibre to your diet and drinking more water.
You may also find squatting (over a squat toilet or over the seat), or pulling your legs up when you sit will help – it shifts the colon into a more natural alignment for emptying.
When your poop is a deep red or even black, it can indicate dried, older blood from somewhere inside the tract. Again, mental check – did you consume beetroot? – if not, keep an eye on it, and visit your doctor if it persists.
Text Jacqueline Smith