BELIEVE IT OR NOT, YOUR POOP CAN TELL IF YOU ARE HEALTHY OR NOT!
Unless you’re a toddler in the throes of potty training, we’re going to guess you don’t spend much time talking about your poop. Or even acknowledge that they happen. But here’s why you might want to give your #2 a glance before you flush: It’s actually one of the best clues you have to your health. “Your bowel movements are the only real marker you have about what your G.I health is like,” says gastroenterologist Anish Sheth, MD, author of What’s Your Poo Telling You?
Getting familiar with what’s normal for you can also make it easier to spot issues earlier—when they’re easier to treat. However, “don’t go overboard with day-to-day changes,” Sheth says. “Rather, look for consistent changes.”
That’s because depending on what you’ve been eating, you may notice temporary abnormalities that only last a day or two. But if you notice a change that lasts a week or more, and you’re unable to trace it to any recent diet change, make an appointment with your doctor. Discussing your bowel movements may not be your idea of a great time, but it just might save your life.