Let’s talk about poop

Lincoln log, dirt, shit, turd, doo-doo, dropping, dung, excrement, excreta, ordure, poop, scat, slops, soil, waste, dookie, scheisse, poo-poo, brownies. – I know… all embarrassing words that mean poop.

Disgusting, right?


I closely watch my poop for signs of poor health. I find our bodies are WAY better at helping us watch our health than any physician.

Poop includes waste products that are eliminated from our body. It may include undigested food particles, bacteria, salts, and other substances.

Apparently, our poop comes in 7 basic “types”. And there is even a scientific definition of our bowel movements…

Specifically, the Bristol stool scale (a.k.a. the Bristol stool chart, Bristol stool form scale, or BSF scale) help us diagnose our wellbeing.

Type 1 is several hard lumps. This might warn us about being constipated.

Type 2 is lumpy and sausage like. This might indicate slight constipation.

Type 3 is a sausage shape with cracks in the surface. This is known as normal.

Type 4 looks like a snake. This is normal and healthy.

Type 5 is soft blobs with clear-cut edges. This might indicate that our diet is low in fiber.

Type 6 has a mushy consistency with ragged edges. This might indicate that our body is inflamed.

Type 7 has a liquid consistency (a.k.a. diarrhea). This might indicate that we are dehydrated and/or inflamed.

Quite frankly, I do not use any stool scales to figure out my health.

Instead, I prefer the “wipe test”. That is, if my second wipe is clean, I am in good health. Thus, more than 2 wipes are a sign of bad health.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post – it is all about pee.