What Your Poop and Pee Are Telling You About Your Body
The four s that could save your life: shape; size; smell; shade.
Hey, listen up!
- The scoop on poop...
It has to travel through about 30 feet of intestinal tract.
A healthy turd should look like a torpedo and be easy to pass.
The avg human will produce 9.000 lbs of poo over the course of his/her life.
Artificial sweeteners aren't absorbed by our bodies, so they pull water into the intestines... Leading to loose stools!
Whole grains + peppermint tea = poop super foods!
- Color + causes
Lower GI bleeding, red foods (beets).
Undigested bile, Chron's disease, antibiotics, leafy greens.
Gallbladder problems, giardia (parasite).
Antacids (aluminum hydroxide), liver disease, pancreatic disorder.
Upper GI bleeding, meat, iron supplements.
- A closer look at #2...
Little lumps. It's staying in the intestines too long, so water is being reabsorbed. A lack of dietary fiber can lead to these hard, pellet-like little lumps.
Too little. It's moving through the intestines too quickly, so water is not being absorbed, due to an increase in fiber, a cleanse, or an infection.
Pencil thin. A mass in the colon could be constricting the stool. may be an indicator of colon cancer or polyps.
Floats... and stinks! Your body is not properly absorbing fats. Could be result of a malabsorption condition, weight loss drugs, or Olestra.
Hard and dry. It's staying in your intestines too long, so water is being reabsorbed. Could be due dehydration, constipation, medications.
Non-existent! If you're not going, you're constipated! Drinking more water and increasing your fiber intake will help. Only plant foods contain fiber.
- And now for #1
You're gonna do what to my wool?! Harris Tweed is made by dying the wool in lichen... that has been soaked in the human urine.
The average adult bladder holds 16 oz.
You feel the urge to empty it at around 8oz. Gotta go!
Urine has been used as a form of toothpaste. It was believed the high ammonia content would whiten chompers.
If you feel burning or see blood, see your doctor!
Shades of pee. Pale pee means you're drinking lots of water... and probably running to the toilet a lot. dark pee is a sign that you're not drinking enough water, but it could also be the result of serious kidney
Pee pH. A very low pH, or acidic urine, could result from lung disease, diabetes, or starvation.
The theory of increased health paralleled with a slightly alkaline pH would indicate that a pH of 7 and slightly above is the most ideal.
A very high pH, or alkaline urine, could be a sign of kidney disease of infection.
- Some pee problems identified
Bright yellow. This is probably the result of a vitamin or supplement. b vitamins and beta carotene in particular are likely culprits.
Murky. Urine that appears cloudy could be a symptom of UTI or possible even kidney stones.
Red or pink. Food is often the reason for red urine, but it could indicate the presence of blood, which is a sign of a serious problem.
Foamy. No cause for alarm here. Foamy urine is usually caused by a large amount of protein in your diet.
Orange. everything from blackberries to rhubarb to medication can cause this. It could also indicate jaundice or dehydration.
- Green or blue. This is likely due to something you at, be it asparagus, something with blue dye, or certain medications and supplements.
- The nose knows...
We all know about asparagus' rather interesting effect on the smell of our pee, and other foods can produce some strange results, too. But, if your urine has a sweet smell to it, there could be a problem. Sugar
in the urine could be a sign of diabetes.
See you soon!