All health starts in your gut. A healthy gut houses 80% of your immune system and filters out weight-gain toxins and bacteria. But how do you know if you have a healthy gut? By checking out what comes out of your butt.
Check your shit daily for consistency, color, shape and ease of passage. These details offer up important info about a person’s gut health and wellness, so don’t hesitate to have this important talk, or to journal explicitly what your shit is.
The body has a natural way of passing waste, and this passage and forming of your stool tells you how well the GI tract is working and thus, how well you are removing toxins, shrinking fat cells, balancing those weight-related hormones and reducing that stubborn inflammation that makes the last ten the hardest to come off.
Gut health is key for weight loss – at FEWL, we ask you direct questions on all these aspects, so be prepared to answer!
Your stool is an indicator of how well you are in charge of dictating what the critters in your bowel consume – not the other way around. There’re billions of bacteria in your intestine. The toxic ones kill the good ones and will lead to inflammation and weight gain if you don’t take charge and get rid of them. Equally important, there are billions of them and only one of you – they prefer to vote as a democracy and actually they influence your food choices 70% of the time – if you let them, they choose sweet or salty carbs and they really love a good caffeine or alcohol chaser. Become a benevolent dictator and tell them what to do by using stool gazing as a roadmap.
Regularity: There is no Golden Rule on how many or how often stools should pass. The Institute of Functional Medicine describes ‘normal and healthy function’ as being once after every meal, while many other practitioners agree that once a day is normal or good. Certainly, daily passage is more effective at reducing and eliminating chemical load than less frequent, and more often means your bowel is actively pushing bacteria down the tract, rather than allowing bacteria to migrate up towards the stomach with less frequent movements.
Keeping bacteria going down the tract is a cornerstone for gut health, absorption of nutrients and the prevention of inflammatory toxins from bacteria.
Consistency: More important than frequency, is consistency.
Model consistency: bulky, soft, easy to pass and has a uniform shape. Skinny stools can indicate something abnormal in the colon, but not always.
“Floaters,” especially smelly ones, can mean poor fat absorption. While this sounds good for weight loss, it’s the opposite. Poor fat absorption means too few essential omega 3 fats being absorbed, cravings and bigger appetites.
Oily film on water means much the same as floaters: poor fat absorption and a barrier to weight loss. It may also mean a bacterial overgrowth that often is corrected with probiotics and digestive enzymes.
Pebbles or pellets lumped together is the result of slow movement through the intestine. Usually this is too little fiber, too little water, too few fruits and vegetables and too little activity. It may also be from high refined-carbohydrate and high protein diets. SlimEnsulate is usually a very effective product to alleviate this and ensure adequate digestion.
Liquid stools are usually the result of a bacterial imbalance or a pathogen, like food poisoning. Obviously, this is a good time to consult your doctor.
The ‘Wipe Test’
|1 wipe||Ideal and ‘normal’ if you have good gut health, low inflammation and balanced weight-related hormones.|
|2 wipes||Wiping more than once shouldn’t occur more than twice a week. If it does, you have room for improving your gut health, inflammation and weight-related hormone balance|
|3 wipes or more||If you need 3, ask yourself:|
“what did I eat or drink in the past 72 hours that caused this?”
Browns are considered ‘normal’ colors. Occasional inconsistency in color is not a concern, but persistent and radical changes in color are and should be referred to a physician.
Black stools: may be the result of taking an iron supplement, but may also be indication of bleeding somewhere along the digestive tract. While this may be something serious, it’s usually the result of an irritation in the GI tract from lack of fiber, fruits, vegetables, water or activity.
Green stools: can occur from eating green foods or taking iron supplements. Usually, it’s the food that does it. If accompanied by loose stools, it may be bile from the liver which is not being breaking down, and a digestive enzyme and probiotic may be advised.
Gray stools: may be from anti-diarrhea medications or commonly, from a lack of bile excretion from the liver, which reduces fat digestion and absorption. A digestive enzyme is a good addition when gray stool is reported.
Red stools: may be from food coloring or red foods like beets. It may also be from hemorrhoids or something more serious – consult your doctor if it persists more than 2 days.
Yellow stools in clients are associated with floating stools and excess fat in the stool. Fat is a key nutrient for weight loss and digestive enzymes are a useful product to help normalize digestion and stool color & consistency.