You should take a closer look inside your toilet bowl. Your poops’ shape can reveal digestive problems, as well as shed light onto why you’re struggling to drop those last five pounds. When he appeared on Detroit’s Action News this Morning, alternative health expert Bryce Wylde said, “Your poop is a window into your health.” Wylde dived into this unusual subject because many Americans suffer from digestive problems. A few adjustments, such as including prebiotic soluble fiber in your diet, may help your meet your health goals.
A healthy stool has a distinctive shape
Health experts use the Bristol Stool Chart to classify human feces form. This chart has seven types depicted by pictures. “You don’t want type 1 and 2. You don’t want it to look like a goat turd,” said Wylde. “What you are looking for is an S-shaped stool.” This should pass easily and require a minimal amount of toilet paper.
“What if it’s in little pieces?,” asked the host. “That tells you that you don’t have enough fiber,” answered Wylde.
A regulating fiber, such as Sunfiber soluble fiber, helps manage both occasional constipation and diarrhea.
How to improve your poop’s shape
Wylde suggested consuming a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day. They contain insoluble fiber. “That means we don’t digest it,” explained Wylde. “But we need more of it to create the bulk that’s in our stool.”
Soluble fiber and probiotics also support digestive health.
- Soluble fiber helps food move through your gut at just the right pace. Unfortunately, it’s not abundantly found in foods we typically consider fiber rich, such as high-fiber cereals or leafy vegetables. It is present in beans and seeds. Soluble fiber helps you feel fuller longer which may eliminate those extra snacks. It also helps reduce serum cholesterol, which may lower your heart disease risk.
- Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that live in your gut. “We want more yogurt, sauerkraut and other fermented foods in our diet,” said Wylde, who added that antibiotic use can kill these good guys. “We need more probiotics,” he said, “but we also need to feed them with prebiotics. That’s the soluble fiber that I’m talking about.”
We’re thrilled Sunfiber was included in this TV segment. Unlike some fiber powders, Sunfiber dissolves crystal clear in water. It’s tasteless and odorless.