While surely no one favors potty talk, you can’t get serious about your health and nutrition without paying careful attention to your bowel movements! It can literally save your life.
Why exactly is that? Digestion is pivotal to your health because it affects every cell in your body. If your digestion is inadequate, the integrity of each cell, tissue and organ in your body will suffer. Without efficient digestion, your body can’t break down and absorb nutrients efficiently, period. Your bowel movements give you direct insight INTO what is going on within the inter-workings of your whole digestive system.
Help decoding the color of your stools:
- Dark red or black tar colored stools can indicate bleeding from higher up in your bowels. You should talk to your doctor immediately as this can be a sign of bowel cancer.
- Tiny bit of bright red in the stool can indicate fresh blood from anal tears or piles.
- Medium brown stools are normal and healthy!
- Grayish or light tan colored stools can indicate insufficient bile flow or liver congestion (bile gives stools their brown color).
Help decoding the shape of your stools:
If you need more information to help support your digestive health, you can learn more here.
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