Morning routine for many means meditation, prayers, and yoga, but for many others, it’s going to the bathroom and kick-starting the body’s unloading processes. If you think that we don’t need to bother about the details about how often we take a dump or a leak, then you are wrong.
Anything that comes out of your body’s orifices can tell a lot about your health status in general. Right from the color, shape, and texture of your pee and poop to the frequency of the habit, influence your overall health and well-being.
Each human body is unique and so are defecation patterns.
How Often Should You Poop?
- Ideally, you should take a dump at least 1-2 times a day, however, if you manage to go at least every alternate day, it is manageable
- If you are able to take a dump only once in 4 days, then you are definitely constipated.1 On the other hand, if you are passing stools that are watery more than 3 times a day, then you are having a bout of diarrhea
- While in the toilet, you shouldn’t strain to release the feces as that indicates constipation too. It should fall effortlessly into the toilet and shouldn’t be an exhausting process at all
- Always remember to listen to your body’s signals to take a dump. Don’t hold back unless or until you are in a situation where taking a bathroom break would be socially awkward
- The number of times you pee in a 24h period is also significant. It’s considered normal to take a leak at 6-8 times in a day2
- It’s considered normal to take a leak at 6-8 times in a day
- If you are peeing frequently, then it’s often due to an intake of diuretics like
- Experiencing a burning sensation while peeing can indicate urinary tract infections
The color of your poop can reveal a lot about your health too.
What Does Your Poop Look Like?
- Brown is the best any day3
- If your stool is red in color it indicates, bleeding in the lower GI bleeding
- If your poop is brown with blood streaks, it could indicate an anal fissure
- Green poop means you are suffering from Crohn’s Disease
- Yellow color indicates gallbladder disease or parasitic infestation
- White colored stool indicates disease of the liver or pancreas
- Black could mean upper GI bleeding
What Does Your Pee Look Like?
- Pale yellow colored urine indicates that you’ve normal bladder functioning with adequate hydration levels
- Too light or clear urine means you are too hydrated
- Pink or reddish urine indicates that you are suffering from renal or urinary infection of some sort unless you’ve
- Dark-colored urine means you need to drink increase your fluid intake.
- Consult a doctor if your urine appears murky or remains dark despite normal hydration
- Certain antibiotics and B-complex vitamins can also change the color of your urine
A Second Glance At Your Poop
As far as your stool is concerned, the shape and size can tell quite something about your metabolism and digestion. According to the Bristol Stool Scale, human feces can be categorized into 7 types.4
- Type 1: Separate hard lumps that indicate severe constipation
- Type 2: Lumpy and sausage-like stools indicate mild constipation
- Type 3: Sausage-like but with cracks on the surface is normal
- Type 4: Smooth and soft sausage or snake-like is normal
- Type 5: Soft blobs with clear-cut edges means low-fiber diet
- Type 6: Mushy stools with
- Type 7: Watery stools with no solid pieces indicate diarrhea
Steps To Regularize Your Bathroom Schedule
- Drink lots of water at least 2-3 liters daily
- Add more dietary fiber in the form of whole grains and fibrous fruits, vegetables and nuts
- Limit intake of refined flour and fatty and fried foods
- Be mindful of what, where and how much you eat
- Exercise daily and kickstart your day with a glass of warm water to keep your digestive system well-functioning
|↑2||What Your Bladder is Trying to Tell You About Your Health. Cleveland Clinic. healthessentials|
|↑3||Stool Changes: Q & A. Cleveland Clinic|
|↑4||WHAT EXACTLY ARE NORMAL STOOLS? Got a Gut Feeling Your Gut Is Out Of Whack?|