THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR BOWEL MOVEMENTS AND HOW THEY INFLUENCE OUR LIFE
WHAT IS STOOL?
Stool, or faeces are the remains of food that bacteria have fermented in the gut and that the small intestine could not digest or absorb. Stool is around 75 per cent water, but the amount of water in each stool may vary depending on numerous factors. Between 25-54% of the dry weight of stool is made up of bacterial biomass, which is both alive and dead organisms. The remaining amount is frequently undigested carbohydrate, fibre, protein, fat, dead epithelial cells from the walls of the gastrointestinal tract and small amounts of metabolic waste products. Stercobilin, a breakdown product of red blood cells and bile, is responsible for the colour.
IS THE COLOUR OF MY BOWEL MOVEMENT NORMAL?
Bowel movements can be a range of colours and can be a reflection of your intestinal health. All shades of brown and even green are considered normal. However, stool colour can sometimes indicate a potentially serious intestinal condition.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE A BOWEL MOVEMENT?
The frequency of bowel movements varies from person to person. Some people may have a bowel movement every day, while others may every other day. The important thing is staying regular. If there is a sudden change in the frequency of your bowel movements, there could be a cause for concern.
WHAT IS NORMAL, WHAT IS NOT?
Stools can come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes so you might be wondering - what is normal? The Bristol Stool Chart simplifies why different types of bowel movements look or feel a certain way.
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