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Is my poo normal? (Stool analysis by a Nutritionist)

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Stool Analysis

Nutritionists are quite interested in stool as it can tell us a lot about the state of the body and in particular the gastrointestinal system and the state of mind. Descriptions can vary from person to person so I find it useful to have an image to refer to – saving embarrassment in many cases! This photo is from Channel 4 but I now use it as it is very concise and accurate. So for those who have eaten their breakfast take a look at this stool chart….

If your stools are regularly white, bright yellow, bright red or dark black then you should get this checked out by a health professional. Colour variation can be due to infection but also due to low bile which is linked to toxin overload, lack of digestive enzymes or simply a change in diet.

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1= can be a sign of an infection, or more serious bowel conditions, such as IBS and Crohn’s. Usually a sign of constipation indicating spasm of the colon or of stress, dehydration or anxiety.
2= can be a sign of an infection, or more serious bowel conditions, such as IBS and Crohn’s or of dehydration and slow transit time due to sedentary lifestyle.
3= normal
4= normal
5= can be a sign of an infection, or more serious bowel conditions, such as IBS and Crohn’s. Often a sign of food intolerance.
6= can be a sign of an infection, or more serious bowel conditions, such as IBS and Crohn’s. Often linked to nutritional deficiencies due to increased transit time.
7= can be a sign of an infection, or more serious bowel conditions, such as IBS and Crohn’s. Usually due to overeating and food intolerance or sluggish liver.

How does yours compare? Are you worried about your stool? You can take a lab test if you are worried.

Emma

Author: EmmaNutrition

Emma Wight-Boycott MSc mBANT is a natural health expert with a passion for simplifying the science. Emma works with post natal mums, weekend runners and those with digestive issues to find the source of their health issues and rediscover their health mojo.

3 thoughts on “Is my poo normal? (Stool analysis by a Nutritionist)

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  2. Oh my goodness!!! This was such a useful post!!!! I am constantly having stomach and stool issues. I have just made an appointment to go see a naturopathic doctor who apparently can do a test to detect food intolerance. I see them in July, but in the meanwhile I have been trying to cut different things out of my diet to determine what my intolerance is. My stool is clearly telling me there is something very wrong. Thank you for this post and pictures!!! : )

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