Updated: Oct 16, 2021
According to Ayurveda, the color and texture of your poop is an indicator of your overall well-being. If your poop is discolored, watery, or too hard this indicates internal issues located in your digestive tract and likely beyond.
When you understand how to analyze your poo, you can proactively address health issues early on — as opposed to waiting until your symptoms become conditions and diseases.
In this article about poo, we’re going to explore what your poop says about your health — according to Ayurveda — and how to accurately analyze yours to assess what your body needs.
Ready to dive in? Grab the toilet paper and let’s do this!
The Stinky Truth About Poo
A staggering number of people around the world suffer from digestive disorders, from IBS to Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and chronic constipation and diarrhea, but few have a true understanding of what’s happening inside their bodies.
Besides the fact that digestive disorders are extremely uncomfortable, embarrassing, and inconvenient, in all instances, they are a warning sign that the doshas are aggravated and bigger issues may be arising from within that involve other organs and tissues.
Your colon, part of the large intestine, is responsible for processing 1.5 to 2 gallons of water a day, alongside breaking down waste left over from digestion. It also eliminates harmful toxins that your body doesn’t need to keep you healthy.
Unfortunately, many people ignore their colon — and the wisdom it has to offer — as such, they suffer unnecessarily from conditions that can be solved by taking a few proactive steps.
Normal vs. Irregular Bowel Movements
Before we dive into how you can analyze your poo, let’s first discuss what a normal bowel movement versus an irregular bowel movement is.
A normal bowel movement will be soft and easy to pass and banana-shaped, easy to wipe, and leaves almost no trace of evidence in the toilet. What's more, this elimination happens in the morning, shortly after waking. When your bowel movements are normal, they won’t be very stinky, dry, and/or painful.
In contrast, an irregular bowel movement will happen inconsistently — either too frequently or not frequently enough, and may be painful, discolored, or have a watery, soft-serve (ice cream style), overly hard, or rabbit pellet texture. Also, irregular bowel movements tend to be stinky!
The Color of Your Poop and What it Means
You’ve probably gone to the bathroom before and noticed an abnormal fecal coloring. While slight variations from time to time are generally harmless, if you notice your poop is discolored for more than a few days, make sure you consult a professional.
Here are the different poop colors and a few ideas of what they may mean:
Any shade of brown is what you’re aiming for — this combined with the texture of your poop will indicate how healthy your digestive tract and body are.