What Your Poop Says About Your Health

You probably don’t talk about your poop much. You might not even like to think about it. But what you pass into the toilet can tell you a lot about your health! Size, shape, consistency, color, and – dare I say it – even smell, can hold important clues about your wellbeing.
If you don’t already, start paying attention to your bowel movements and see if you can identify any of the following characteristics. Chat to your doctor if you have any concerns.

Color
According to WebMD, many different shades of brown are healthy, but other colors can mean the following:
1) Green. This is relatively normal and is usually due to your diet – green vegetables, for coloring or even iron supplements can turn your stool green. Loose bowel motions can be green because the bile from your stomach hasn’t stayed in your digestive tract long enough to turn brown.
2) Yellow. This is also relatively normal, but if it is greasy or has an offensive smell it could be a sign that your body isn’t digesting fat effectively. This can be a sign of gastrointestinal issues like Coeliac Disease.
3) Pale. Some medicines can turn your stool a pale color, but if you are not taking any medicines then this can be a more serious issue as it might signify a lack of bile (which gives normal stool it’s brown color). Liver disease and gallstones are two issues which can result in very pale stool. You should consult your doctor if this applies to you.

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