Is My Poop Normal

It might smell, but poop is fascinating. There is so much you can learn about your health by paying attention to the shape, consistency and colour of your poop before you flush. Let’s find out what your poop is saying about you.

Shape & Consistency

Type 1

type 1

Separate hard lumps are due to lack of gut bacteria or from stools sitting in the large intestines or colon for too long.

Type 2

Type 2

Sausage-shaped but lumpy, somewhat difficult to pass out. A sign of constipation and poor dietary habits.

Type 3

Type 3

Sausage-shaped with cracks on surface, requires strain to pass out. Caused by poor lifestyle and dietary habits.

Type 4

Type 4

Sausage-shaped or smooth-like soft stools. The ideal stools to pass.

Type 5

Type 5

Soft blobs with defined edges, easy to pass out. Ideal type of stools that are passed two to three times daily after major meals.

Type 6

Type 6

Fluffy pieces with ragged edges and a mushy texture. Caused by stress or dramatic changes in diet and lifestyle.

Type 7

Type 7

Watery with no solid pieces. A sign of diarrhoea due to irritated small intestine.

Colour

Black

An excess of dried blood present in the stool. Requires medical attention.

Green

Indicates the presence of bile. Some vegetables and supplements can also turn your stool green.

Red

A sign of bleeding in the lower intestine usually caused by haemorrhoids. Requires medical attention.

Grey/White

Occurs when the liver does not release enough bile salts into the stool in your intestines. Requires medical attention.

Brown

The medically desired colour of stool should mimic the colour of milk chocolate.

Yellow

Is a result of liver disorder due to fat not being absorbed from the stool. Requires medical attention.