What Analyzing Your Stool Can
Simple observation of feces provides
valuable guidelines to what is or not needed in your daily diet.
The transit time (the time it takes for foods to travel through
the digestive tract) can be too slow or too fast. Looking at
what you created is like looking at a picture that tells a
thousand words. Thinking this is degrading or embarrassing is
like not facing reality.
The Bristol Stool Form Scale divides stools into seven distinct
types of size, shape and color.
The lighter in color (pale) may indicate a blockage in the bile
duct or a deficiency in producing bile (a digestive aid).
Because of the high fat content, stools may be foul smelling and
sticky like clay making it difficult to flush. This is usually
the result of mal-absorption.
- Dry with hard lumps or clumps. When transit time is too long,
one may be extremely constipated. Usually caused by a lack of
fluids, lack of friendly bacteria, essential oils, stress,
excess mucosa, and not enough good fiber. Avoid alcohol, baking
soda, and all products with refined white flour, sugar, white
rice and yeast.
- Like lumpy sausage.
Like sausage with surface cracks.
- Long smooth surface. Normal, good color, quick exit, and easy to
- In blobs with well-defined margins.
- Fluffy with ragged edges.
- Watery with no solids. Diarrhea is usually caused by a bacterial
or virus infection from foods or water. It can also be caused
from anxiety, food allergy, drugs, or problems in the colon.
This is a sign that something is wrong and the bodies are trying
to clean. Drink extra water with vitamin C and electrolytes
added to avoid dehydration. If it continues for too long a
colonic irrigation should end it.
- The size and shape of the stools indicate the transit time
through the digestive tract. The color can tell you how well
your digestion is and alert you to other changes concerning your
The healthy stool is long, round, and smooth with a texture
similar to creamy peanut butter and golden brown in color. It
should be slightly acidic so it floats on the surface of water
breaking up soon afterwards.
- Blood (red) in the stool is a good indication of colon disease,
internal hemorrhoids, or parasites.
- Eating beets will add color to stools and urine and be used as
an indication of transit time.
- Dark stools are usually from a diet of dark greens, iron
supplements, or meat.
- Black stools may indicate bleeding in the stomach or smaller
intestine caused from an injury,bleeding ulcer, tumor, or worms.
- Slimy stools contain excess mucus caused by bacteria, Candida,
tumor, or other problems in the colon.
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