Are you looking for a way to poop better today? We can help you do that, but first, let’s discuss what a healthy bowel movement is.
A healthy bowel movement is one in which the poop is connected in a smooth “S” shape, like a snake.1 This S-shaped stool is easy to push out completely. It is neither too hard nor too soft and runny. Expelling leaves you feeling clean and satisfied.
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Doctors can tell whether your bowel movements are normal or abnormal by asking you to point to your typical poop on the Bristol Stool Chart.
The Bristol Stool Chart – Assessing the Health of Your Bowel Movements
The Bristol Stool Chart was developed in 1997 to help doctors classify types of bowel movements so that they can recommend solutions.2
The chart lists 7 different types of poop.
- Type 1: Separate hard lumps like nuts. (hard to pass)
- Type 2: Sausage-shaped, but lumpy
- Type 3: Like a sausage but with cracks on the surface
- Type 4: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft
- Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges
- Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
- Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces. Entirely liquid.
Types 3-5 are considered normal, while types 1-2 (indicating constipation) and types 6-7 (indicating diarrhea) are considered “abnormal” poops.
The Secret to Less Gas, Less Bloating, and Better Poops
How can you get your poop to reach #4 on the Bristol Stool Chart? The secret is to eat more fibrous foods, especially veggies, and hydrating liquids.3 This adds bulk to your stool keeping it moving through your colon.
But fiber does something else. When it gets to your lower colon, it is digested (fermented) by bacteria.4 (This fermentation process causes the gas and bloating that typically occur after eating fiber.) After your gut bacteria digests the fiber, they excrete short-chain fatty acids.
These short-chain fatty acids, butyrate in particular, help fix leaky gut and other digestive problems.5 In other words, the reason for eating more fiber is to give your gut short-chain fatty acids so that you can experience more pleasant bowel movements! There is a gassy trade-off, though.
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2 – University Health News, “Bristol Stool Chart: What it Can Tell You About Your Health.” Author: Cindy Foley. Published: January 30, 2020.
3 – Schuster BG, Kosar L, and Kamrul R. Constipation in older adults: Stepwise approach to keep things moving. Can Fam Physician. 2015 Feb;61(2):152-158.
4 – Wong JM, de Souza R, Kendall CW, Emam A, Jenkins DJ. Colonic health: fermentation and short chain fatty acids. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2006;40(3):235-243. doi:10.1097/00004836-200603000-00015
5 – Peng L, Li ZR, Green RS, Holzman IR, Lin J. Butyrate enhances the intestinal barrier by facilitating tight junction assembly via activation of AMP-activated protein kinase in Caco-2 cell monolayers. The Journal of Nutrition. 2009 Sep;139(9):1619-1625. DOI: 10.3945/jn.109.104638.