Everybody poops butt no one wants to talk about it. I’ve often been told that I don’t have a filter, so let’s talk business.
Pooping isn’t just that embarrassing thing you do in the unisex bathroom at work, it’s a visual indicator of your body’s overall health. Think of it as your body’s morning newspaper and take the time to read the headlines daily. The shape, size, color and texture (yes, I said texture) can tell you a lot about what’s going on inside of you.
Wait, I have to look at my poop?
Yes! If it’s too hard, too soft, or weird colored there could be something going on. The sense of urgency you feel when you have to go and the difficulty of going are also super important, though.
How often should I go?
Well, everyone has their own normal. Some people go every day (which is the goal), while some people only go 2 or 3 times a week (and are then full of sadness and poop). What’s most important is that it’s not too solid, not too runny, but just right.
What happens when the Browns don’t want to go the Super Bowl?
That’s when we bust out the handy, dandy Bristol Stool chart. That’s right. Someone sat down and made a diagram of poop. And you were thinking I was the weird one…although I am about to explain a poop diagram, so you’ve got a fair point. Alright Cosby kids, let’s go to the pool.
These types are signs of being constipated. With Type 1, those little nuggets have been chilling in you for a while and aren’t easy to pass. If you’re dropping these milk duds you are probably backed up. Try drinking more water or upping your intake of fruits and veggies. If the struggle is still real, bust out the big guns and get a bottle of Regular, $27. You can use it daily, and if this is a constant issue you may want to consider taking it once or twice a week.
So, what’s normal?
These are your normal range! Type 4 is considered the perfect #2, however you shouldn’t be concerned if you’re dropping threes. If neither of these happens too often you should definitely take a daily probiotic (I totally do!). It takes care of that good gut bacteria and keeps you moving. My two favorites are Align, $37 and the It Works! Probiotic, $31,
Going too much?
There is such a thing! If you’re experiencing either of these you may have diarrhea and will need to be drinking more water and replacing the minerals you’re losing. If you want to skip past the sugars in Gatorade, grab some actual fruit juice (read the labels AKA not Juicy Juice) or put some Greens into your water. I’m a big fan of the berry Greens on the Go, $35, because they’re super convenient and taste yummy. They are also available in bulk containers.
I hope this was as informative for you to read as it was fun for me to write! All pricing on It Works products are with my discount, which I am happy to extend to you. Just reach out to me and I’ll get you pooping again 😉
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