The Doo’s and Don’ts of Poop

Doo Want:

  • At least 2 bowel movements per day – the circadian rhythm of the large intestine is between 5 & 7 am
  • Bowels are easily moved
  • Stools that are fairly large in diameter - Average diameter for a colon is about 2-3 inches
  • Stools should hold together
  • Smooth on the outside, similar to the shape of the colon
  • Brown in color
  • “Bobbing” stools
  • Very little odor

Don’t Want:

  • Only 1 or no bowel movements in a day
  • Strain, pain, cramping, and explosive gas
  • Skinny stools
  • Rabbit pellets, diarrhea
  • Chunky or lumpy stools – Often this can be a sign of dehydration or imcomplete elimination
  • Green, clay colored, very dark…or any color other than brown
  • Sinking or floating stools – This is one of the major indicators of improper digestion of certain nutrients
  • An overpowering stench - Also an indicator of poor digestion

Our bodies are constantly providing us with messages and clues as to what is going on inside.  The key to good health is to understand the meaning of these messages.  When we open up the flow of the body, we assist our natural healing process and provide and open door to better health.  Who knew poop coudl do that?

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