Here’s What Your Poop And Pee Are Trying To Tell You About Your Health!
While this topic may make some laugh, it is not funny for all; in fact you can learn a lot about your body from the waste you excrete. We have all pooped and peed a lot over our years, most times though things usually follow a predictable pattern, however when your bowels and or your urinary tract are misbehaving, it’s really not funny. It is surprising how much your poop and pee can say about the overall state of your health.
Some think it’s funny. Others don’t want to talk about it. But one way or another, everyone has to excrete bodily waste, and the state of your bowel movements can actually be pretty telling of your overall health.
The scoop on poop:
- Poop has to travel through 30 feet of the intestinal tract
- A healthy turd should look like a torpedo and be easy to pass
- The average human body will produce 9000 LBS of poo over the course of his/her life
- Whole grain + Pepper mint tea = Poop Super food
- Artificial sweeteners are not absorbed by our body, so they pull water into the intestine leading to loose stools
“The digestive tract contains more bacterial cells than there are cells in the entire body,” says Dr. Jean-Pierre Raufman, a gastroenterologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “It’s very important that our bowels work well to absorb necessary nutrients but also keep out any foods, chemicals and germs that could do us harm.”
Digestive issues are a pretty large problem in America. It’s believed that up to 70 million people in the United States are impacted by digestive diseases with nearly 50 million needing ambulatory care visits. 25,000 will be diagnosed with stomach cancer each year, and 10,000 will die of it every year.
The kinds of foods you eat and drink and how active you are can determine whether or not some of these digestive issues happen in the first place. If you think you may have a digestive disease, don’t try to self diagnose it. See a physician for a proper diagnosis.
Urine can reveal just as much information about your body’s waste elimination process, providing clues about your overall health status, as poop does. Your kidneys serve to filter excess water and water-soluble wastes out of your blood, getting rid of toxins and things that would otherwise build up and cause you to become ill. Many things — from excess protein and sugar to bacteria and yeast — may make their way into your urine.
Minding Your Pees and Cues
In your lifetime, your kidneys filter more than one million gallons of water, enough to fill a small lake. Amazingly, one kidney can handle the task perfectly well. In fact, if you lose a kidney, your remaining kidney can increase in size by 50 percent within two months, to take over the job of both.3
Urine is 95 percent water and five percent urea, uric acid, minerals, salts, enzymes, and various substances that would cause problems if allowed to accumulate in your body4. Normal urine is clear and has a straw yellow color, caused by a bile pigment called urobilin.
As with your stool, your urine changes color depending on what foods you eat, what medications and supplements you take, how much water you drink, how active you are, and the time of the day.
But some diseases can also change the color and other characteristics of your urine, so it’s important to be alert and informed. With so many variables, you can’t always be sure of what’s causing any particular urine characteristic, short of laboratory testing. However, urine’s character gives you some clues to potential problems that may be developing, giving you time to do something about it.
The following chart outlines some of the most common color variations for urine and their possible origins. The majority of the time, color changes resulting from foods, medications, supplements, or simply dehydration. But there are certain signs that warrant concern.
Experts say that health problems can be indicated in your poop and pee, so take note next time you have a bowel movement. This is what to look for:
If you notice changes in the way your excretions looks or smells, the cause might be something as benign as what you had for dinner last night, such as beets or asparagus. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ill. It could be stress or IBS or something else a bit more innocuous. If you have concerns or ever experience pain when using the bathroom , see your doctor.