|Okay, if you’re slightly squeamish, stop reading now.
It’s not a particular pleasant subject, but you won’t get a quicker and more accurate pointer about your health.
Take a look at the medical stool classification, below. (It’s called the Bristol Stool Chart.)
Did you know that you’re constipated if your stools look like groups 1 and 2 on the stool chart?
Read on to learn why it’s important to get your bowel movements to group 3 or 4 as quickly as possible.
Back in 2002 I read a book by Weston A.Price, who traveled the world studying human health.
He noted that traditional cultures all had healthy digestion, and passed very large, “earth-smelling” stools of around 10-12 inches.
But as soon as they were fed “white man’s foods” like sugar, processed grains and alcohol, many aspects of their health deteriorated rapidly.
What are the consequences of not pooping enough?
If you’re eating 3 or more meals each day and you’re not pooping properly, the food’s going to back up in your gut.
As well as making you feel full and bloated (like a pregnant woman), you’ll probably experience excess gas and abdominal aches and pains.
The putrefied fecal material sits there and becomes a breeding ground for bad bugs like fungi parasites and bacteria, which worsen the problem.
But it doesn’t stop there.
You poop for a reason: to eliminate waste products and toxins.
The more backed up your digestion is, the more toxins you reabsorb into your body, placing stress on your liver.
Symptoms can include fatigue, mood swings, dull hair, skin rashes and more.
Over time, if things don’t move forward, you’re going to increase your risk for colon cancer.
You can take supplements like magnesium to help move the bowel, but this won’t address the root cause of the problem.
Laxatives are the same – they don’t get to the cause.
Now, the real underlying causes of constipation are nearly always:
Unless you determine why your gut is backed up, it’s tough to solve the problem.
But once you know, it’s usually really easy to beat these annoying symptoms.
So if you’re not passing at least 10” of fecal matter each day, or your stools look like numbers 1 and 2 in the Bristol Stool chart, you may want to consider a stool test to check the reasons why.
Don’t forget – they are done in the comfort of your own home and you just send your sample off.
What’s more, if the test comes back blank and there is nothing to treat, you get a full refund.
For me, all those years ago, a stool test was my salvation. Once I knew what was happening in my gut, I was able to treat the cause of my illness, rather than just the symptoms.