Digestive Health

Although many people still avoid talking about their digestion and stool, it is essential to look at the color, size, shape, and frequency of your stool as it is an indicator of your overall health. Is it important to check that because many people have no idea what a “normal” bowel movement is supposed to be like. Your digestive system and gut microbiome is involved in all facets of health. Dysbiosis or an imbalance in the microbes in your gut can impact your mood, immune system, and overall wellness. When your digestive system and microbes are are not functioning optimally, it can be essential to understand the underlying causes that contribute to the problem. But what would a “normal” stool be? Our answer is that it should be like a soft sausage; smooth and soft, easy to pass with no straining and a mid-brown color. Believe it or not, there is a ‘stool chart’ called the Bristol Stool Chart, which provides a visual guide to the different types of stool. Ideally, yours should be something like 3, 4 or 5. We provide the image in this post. Be aware of this part of your health too and help to prevent future problems.

Credit: Metabolic Balance Canada

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