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What Your Bathroom Habits Say About Your Health

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t's no secret that what goes in your body eventually comes out. With that in mind, the secret to good health may be as easy as going to the bathroom. Taking a look in the porcelain bowl may help you know if you need to add more fiber to your diet, drink more fluids and even if it's time for a cleanse.

The Brown Stuff - -Some General Guidelines

  • Rabbit Poop: If your poop looks like something you've seen on the bunny trail, you're probably dehydrated. Drink more fluids or monitor your intake of water for 2-3 days. If you're still seeing the small brown pellets, increase your water intake.
  • Sand Castles: If you poop is gritty or like a watery sand castle, you may potentially taking in too much processed protein. Smoothies are great for the morning but your body can only process so much whey or soy protein per serving.  Many powders contain an average of 15-35 grams of protein - more than that in one serving will come out in the toilet. Wasted money down the drain.
  • Floaters: If your poop floats, is 6-8 inches long and smells a bit earthy, your eating habits are paying off. This is what you want coming out of your body at least once a day. 

The Stream

  • Bright Yellow Stream: A brightly colored urine stream typically occurs when taking many supplements. Your body will excrete anything you aren't utilizing like vitamin C, B and other fat soluble vitamins.
  • Dark Brown: A dark brownish or yellow stream indicates dehydration in most cases. Getting more fluids is key to healthy urine.
  • Purple Stream: If this occurs after eating beets, you most likely have "Beeturia" a condition caused from low stomach acids. This could signal a problem with absorbing iron and vitamin B12 where supplements might occur.
  • Clear Urine: There are two reasons why this might occur: one results from a good, well-hydrated, diet and the other is large amounts of alcohol or coffee.  

Tips for better digestive health include eating at least 7-9 servings per day of fruits and vegetables, increasing your insoluble fiber and experts recommend drinking up to a gallon of water per day.