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- Stool Test
- Shape of Stool
- Stool Elimination
- Stool Color
- Importance of Elimination
The following tests are offered to investigate possible deficiencies that lead to many health and body imbalances. A lack of certain minerals such as Potassium and Magnesium can have a major effect on the entire biochemical system of the body and organs. Take a few minutes and note areas that may become evident in your health investigation that might lead to a Health Evaluation by our Team.
Poor digestion and an unhealthy gut is the cause of most diseases. This fact is now being associated and understood within the Alternative Health Field in the West. However, in Ancient Health Systems around the world, the understanding of the body through the Gut has been essential for diagnosis, treatment and healing of many chronic and acute issues for thousands of years.
This fundamental understanding has been the cornerstone in Eastern Medical Traditions for health practitioners to undercover imbalances before they become acute and the body falls into a diseased state. One of the first areas for a physician to investigate is the elimination system and the stools that will give many clues as to what is happening in the gut (stomach, intestines and digestive organs that support the entire elimination system). The following information will give some insights as to how well your gut is operating and/or where there may be clues as to discomfort, suffering and imbalances that can lead to more serious issues.
How Often Do You Eliminate Each Day?
One complete bowel movement per day that empties the bowels is the first indication of a healthy gut and flow. Partial elimination can signify imbalances in the gut. Such as poor water absorption or not enough penetrates into the cell membrane for good hydration. A lack of certain minerals like Potassium and Magnesium (see Tests) that can cause constipation, poor gut flora, stomach acids are weak, poor diet, excess sugars and carbs, Thyroid imbalance or iodine deficiency as well as other causes (see Ailments – Liver , Endocrine System, Indigestion, Parasites, E-Coli, Gall Bladder, Liver Congestion, Fungus/Bacteria/Viral infections, etc).
Ideal health is elimination at least 2 times per day when the diet, proper hydration and gut flora are in balance. The types of foods one eats can also effect elimination and peristaltic movement. High fiber foods will aid in the elimination process unless they are not being properly broken down and digested which can have a negative effect on the bowels and digestive process creating diarrhea and colitis and other chronic issues. Emotions and stress can also upset the elimination process. Some people go 2-3 times a day. This can be because of faster metabolisms, healthy gut flora/ good bacteria, or the quantity of food they eat and liquids they consume.
2. What is the Shape or Form of the Stool; Hard, Soft, or Watery?
The seven types of stool are:
- 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 its surface
- Type 4: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft
- Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges (passed easily)
- Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
- Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces. Entirely liquid
Types 1–2 indicate constipation, with 3 and 4 being the ideal stools (especially the latter), as they are easy to defecate while not containing any excess liquid, and 5, 6 and 7 tending towards diarrhea.
3. Do the Stools Sink Or Float In the Bowl After Elimination?
The Stool should be well shaped and round and continuous. If the digestive system is assimilating the nutrients from our food and is eliminating acids and toxins properly, this is evidence of a healthy gut.
If the stools float then more than likely fats and proteins are not being digested and the food is not being broken down due to a lack of enzymes, weak stomach acids, fungus, bacteria (candida) and other pathogens that are destroying the good flora to digest the food properly. Also, Mineral deficiency from poor nutrition and stress can play a major role in stomach dysfunction leading to poor elimination and immune weaknesses and Thyroid imbalance.
4. What is the Color of the Stool in the Bowl?
- The stools should a medium – to dark – brown color.
- If the stool is black, it could be a sign of blood in your upper GI tract.
- If your stool is yellow or green, could be from fat malabsorption or liver or gallbladder stress.
- If the stool is light brown and floats it is a sure sign of digestive imbalance that can lead to many other chronic issues and disease
Understanding the Importance of Elimination
Besides our Skin and Lymph system, the Gut and its entire system of organs and pathways is the best way to eliminate toxins, acids and refuse from the body. These are the most important questions to be answered to understand how the Gut is performing.
Healthy Stool Elimination comes out with ease, smells more like super-ripe fruit than something rotten, and there should be little or no need to wipe. For more information on how to determine the challenges with your Gut and Elimination System visit Our Health Evaluation Page determine if you need help from our team in your investigation towards Health, Wellness and Happiness.
The Perfect stool comes out with ease, smells more like super-ripe fruit than something terrible and you barely need to wipe.
Stool too hard?
If you find your stool is too hard or infrequent, you can also talk to our team.
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