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Your Health Revealed In Your Poo

Your Health Revealed In Your Poo

Examining your poo can tell you a lot about your health.

Lately scores of Americans are becoming obsessed with what their poo is telling them about their health. Nationwide people are now studying their stools to see what they can learn about their health and how they can change their dietary behavior for improved well being.

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A book published last spring called, “What’s Your Poo Telling You?” brought the facts to the public and people were anxious to learn. The book has reached sales of up to 225, 000 to date and continues to sell as more and more people are wondering what they can learn about their health from studying their poo.

The book’s coauthors, Josh Richman and Anish Sheth, M.D., say “what was once regarded as malodorous waste is now becoming openly accepted for what it is, a miracle of creation, a crystal ball of intestinal health, a feng shui of the derri.”

“Like a snowflake, each poo has a wondrous uniqueness,” they write. They deconstruct specimens such as the “log jam – a cruel reminder of your inability to perform,” and “hanging chads – those stubborn pieces of turd that cling.”

The two met when they were undergraduates at Brown University (a coincidence perhaps?) where Sheth developed the Poo Quality Index (PQI) which he a fellow students would use to compare the superiority of their bowel movements.

Years later, the pair reconnected when Richman, who works in Silicon Valley to develop clean-energy technology, got back in touch with Sheth, who’d since become a gastroenterologist fellow at Yale University School of Medicine.

“Poo has been in a societal sewer,” says Richman. “It’s something people didn’t feel comfortable talking about outside a small circle of friends. What we’re seeing is a cultural evolution where it’s no longer a taboo subject.”

So what is the perfect poop?

The perfect stool should have an ideal shape, sinking nicely to the bottom of the bowl. The texture should be consistent with no alarming colors. A tinge of green, red or yellowish could indicate disease.

“The ideal poo is a pillowy soft, singular bolus of stool that exits the body with minimal effort,” says Sheth. “This can be achieved by consuming plenty of fruits, vegetables and fiber superstars: beans, peas, seeds and nuts.”

poo telling book.thumbnail Your Health Revealed In Your PooThe book explains the mysteries of those undigested corn kernels, labeling the phenomenon, “deja poo,” which occurs when we eat foods like corn that have insoluble fibers.

Rickman and Sheth also explain that “Regularity” can span the range from three times a day to three times a week. And a case of nerves — whether before an important business meeting or a performance — can induce “performance enhancing poo.”

“With so many of these [different] experiences, we’ve had a lot of people come up to us and say, ‘I thought that was just me,’” says Richman.

Even viewers of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” are being invited to tell all about toilet time. Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiovascular surgeon who appears regularly on the show is encouraging us to look before we flush, to study what we’ve produced as a talisman of health.

When it comes to diet, we need to make “number two” our “number one priority.

“You want to hear what the stool, the poop, sounds like when it hits the water,” Oz instructs. “If it sounds like a bombardier, you know, ‘plop, plop, plop,’ that’s not right because it means you’re constipated. It means the food is too hard by the time it comes out. It should hit the water like a diver from Acapulco hits the water.”

After learning so much about what is coming out of them, tens of thousands of Americans are now concentrating on what is going into them, signing onto the Cleanse diet – a sort of spiritual-cum-vegan Roto-Rooter for the intestines.

“Functional foods” like Activia yogurt aren’t selling by the cases because they are low-fat. They are being now hyped for how they “maintain digestive health.”

It seems there is no stopping the rising discussions about our droppings and our diet, poo is now becoming a hot topic worldwide, for example, cutting-edge Japanese toilets can now read your droppings for dietary deficiencies.

So the next time you visit the bathroom to do your duty, try your shot at being a doctor and give yourself your very own medical health exam with a quick look before pressing the plunger. And please try to remember – No Squating on The Toilet Seats Please!

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