The colour and the shape of your poop can tell you much about the health of your body.
There are a lot of things going on with our bodies and many things can go wrong. Different types of illness’ symptoms are one sign and the poop is the second sign of trouble if you know how to interpretate it correctly. Reading the sign early you get a great opportunity of treatment so learn to read your poop and get the advantage.
Recognize your poop
Different types of poop tell different things about your health. You can distinguish different type of colour, their consistency, their size, and their smell. Researchers have categorized the poop in 7 categories.
Below we are going to explain each category and tell you what it means.
This is What The Color and Smell of Your Poop Is Telling You About Your Health
What your poop should look like
The perfect poop is consisted of water (75 %) and solid matter (25%). The solid matter contains : dead bacteria, cholesterol, indigestible food matter, and other fatty substances.
The appearance of your poop varies from what you have eaten or drunk. The poop usually takes 18 to 72 hours to be created from processing and digesting the food. When you have diarrhea it means that your intestines didn’t extract as much water as they normally should and the poop is processed too quickly. Longer than 72 hours to process is an indication of constipation and can be a symptom of othr problems.
Stool type 1 – Small, hard lumpy stools
This type of stool is an indication of inflammation of the small intestine. These lumps of poop are small, solid, and abrasive, normally being anywhere from 1 to 2 cm in diameter. Because they are solid and somewhat scratchy, they can be quite painful to pass. It can sometimes result in anal bleeding.
Stool type 2 – Sausage shaped stools with a cracked surface
This type of stool is an indication of constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.
Stool type 3 – Sausage shaped stools with lumps
This type is similar to type 2 and is actually a quantity of type 1 stool consisted into one stool. They are result of constipation which has remained in the intestinal track for several weeks. It is painful and difficult to pass. This type of stool is a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome.
Stool type 4 – Soft blobs of poop with well defined edges
This type of stool is considered as the perfect poop. It has a diameter of 1-1,5 centimetres.
Stool type 5 – Sausage shaped stools, soft and smooth
As the previous type for this type we can also say it is close to perfection. It has a diameter of 2 centimeters and is typical for someone who defecates once per day.


This type of stool Is very soft. This type indicates stress and high blood pressure.


This is similar to ordinary diarrhea but in this instance is something called paradoxical diarrhea because it happens in conjunction with constipation, accompanying stool type 1. It is often experienced by children and the elderly.
The colour of the stool can also show different symptoms. The normal stool has medium/light brown colour.
Black tar, or bright red coloured stools – this is a symptom of bleeding in the GI or anal tracks. This colour can also be result of certain medication.
Very pale brown, gray or white stools – This odd coloration can be caused through a lack of bile, although white stools can also be a result of taking antacids. However, these types of discolored stools may indicate problems such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, and pancreatic illness.
Yellow coloured stools – they can be a result of gallbladder problem, or a giardia infection.
The smell
  • We all are aware that poop doesn’t smell nice but it can be worse. Vile smelling stools can be an indication of:  a problem with absorption, Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, Pancreatitis, Cystic fibrosis
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