“I poop everyday so my digestion is fine.”
This is the typical statement I hear when this conversation comes up, and you’d be surprised how much I hear it (or how much the topic comes up)! There are a lot of ways to evaluate the health of your digestion, but the one I want to focus on today is poop. I’m not going to lie, I love talking about the subject because it is one of the best windows into understanding your health.
There are a few factors when evaluating the health of your poop.
- Frequency: At minimum, a person should have one good bowel movement a day, but two to three is ideal.
- Transit Time: The transit time for food, the time it takes for a meal to enter the mouth and then exit the rectum – should ideally be less than 24 hours. Transit time is related to exercise, diet, lifestyle, and water intake.
- Color: Walnut brown in color.
- Consistency: The consistency of toothpaste.
- Length: About the length of a banana.
- Odor: Free of odor!
- Process: Stool should leave the body easily and you should be in and out of the bathroom in a couple of minutes. The process should be fast and painless.
- Evacuation: You should feel like you had a complete elimination.
Poop is always a funny topic to discuss but it is a serious matter in understanding your health. When transit time slows, putrefied material stays in the colon longer, and toxins can enter the bloodstream through the intestinal wall. Understanding the bullets above will help you evaluate what needs to change to improve your bowel movements, your health, and then the ultimate satisfaction of bragging to your friends that you poo perfectly.