Your Stool As A Diagnostic Indicator- What It Can Actually Tell You.
The Bristol Stool Form Scale divides stools into seven distinct types, sizes, shapes and colors. Healthy stool is long, round, and smooth with the texture similar to creamy peanut butter and golden brown in color. It should be slightly acidic so it floats on the surface of water, breaking up soon afterward. The colon pH itself should be slightly alkaline, thus promoting the growth of friendly bacteria.
Unhealthy stool falls into the following categories and indicates an underlying health issue:
1. Dry with hard lumps or clumps. When transit time is too long, one may be extremely constipated. This condition is usually caused by lack of fluids, lack of friendly bacteria and a dearth of essential oils, or by stress, excess mucosa, and not enough good fiber. To correct, avoid alcohol, baking soda, and all products with refined white flour, sugar, white rice and yeast.
2. Like lumpy sausage.
3. Like sausage with surface cracks.
4. Blobs with well-defined margins.
5. Fluffy with ragged edges.
6. Watery with no solids. Diarrhea is usually caused by bacterial or viral infections from foods or water. It can also be caused from anxiety, food allergy, drugs, or problems in the colon. This is another sign that something is wrong and the body is trying to detoxify.
Colors of stool:
The size and shape of the stool indicate the transit time through the digestive tract. The color can tell you how well your digestion is and alert you to other changes concerning your wellness. This information is observed by your colon therapist. If you wish to observe the stool as it leaves the body, this is possible as well.
Stool that is lighter in color – pale – may indicate a blockage in the bile duct or a deficiency in producing bile (digestive aid). Because of the high fat content, stool may be foul smelling and sticky like clay making it difficult to flush. This is usually the result of bad absorption.
Blood – (detected by a red color in the stool) is an indication of colon disease, internal hemorrhoids, or parasites. Eating beets will also add color to stools and urine and be used as an indication of transit time.
Dark stools are usually from a diet of dark greens, iron supplements, or meat.
Black stools may indicate bleeding in the stomach or smaller intestine caused from an injury, bleeding ulcer, tumor, or worms.
Slimy stools contain excess mucus caused by bacteria, yeast infection, tumor, or other problems in the colon.
Systemic balance is thrown off when the colon gets too acidic, creating an environment that only pathogens can survive.
To schedule time with one of our colon therapists to help understand what your stool is trying to tell you, call 212-673-2272 to speak with one of our associates.