There’s so many names for the word poop. The word itself makes people feel so uncomfortable, but we must talk about it. According to Dr. Griglione of UnityPoint Health, we poop as a way to eliminate fecal material, which consists of undigested food, the lining of our gastrointestinal tract (which sheds its surface layer every few days), plus bacteria. In short, the nutrients and micro-nutrients that keep us alive, like protein, carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals, etc., are absorbed into our bloodstream from the foods we eat, leaving behind the insoluble and non-digested ‘stuff’ that doesn’t get absorbed. That ‘stuff’ has to be eliminated.
Poop obviously doesn’t smell like roses, but when you notice a change from it’s normal state (meaning in a ‘S’ shape, medium to dark brown with typical odor) it’s okay to freak out. For example, there was a period when I experienced pebble like stool. I had no idea why I was pooping little pebble-sized droppings into the toilet, but after speaking to my doctor I now know why and want to share it with you all.
The main causes of pebble-like stool are not having enough fiber in your diet, not enough fluids and your lifestyle. Fiber is the key to normal poop. Fiber is found in the foods we eat as well as in vitamins. Some of my favorite foods that are rich in fiber include:
- Black Beans
The average man needs 38 grams of fiber per day, while the average woman needs 25 grams. If you cannot get enough fiber via food then you can try a fiber supplement. If you aren’t getting enough fluids, the water that’s already in your intestines is absorbed into your system, making stool small, hard, and difficult to pass. Finally, not exercising at least 30 minutes a day can slow you digestive system. If you don’t want to be backed up try to add fiber to your diet and simply increase your water intake. I always tell my clients that in order to know how many ounces you should drink a day take your weight and multiply it by 2/3. You only have one body, so why not treat it with love & care.