Why don’t we get a bit…
That’s right. I’m talking about poop.
“How crude!” you say. However, discussing how we poop should be more of a priority in our daily lives.
Just like how urine is a great indicator of our hydration and chemical levels, your feces can tell you a lot about what’s going on in your internal organs. From food allergies to infections to hemorrhoids and impacted bowel, abnormal poo and pooping habits can indicate a whole host of internal problems.
Gastrointestinal health concerns everyone. I have yet to meet someone who has never experienced a digestive problem. This universality makes it even more crucial to discuss and be aware of what our poop means. That’s why I appreciated Jessica Martin’s honest discussion of how she poops and some ways to promote healthy pooping habits. She even included an infographic called the Bristol Stool Chart to rate our poop.
Martin’s article made me aware of how poop problems are shamed in our society. People with bowel problems such as Fecal Incontinence (FI) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) often avoid speaking about their problems due to fears of social humiliation.
By encouraging open discussions about these issues, we can help lift the social stigmas that inflict such emotionally and socially debilitating shame on people. Like it or not, guts and feces are as much a part of our overall health as the heart and lungs, and we should learn to accept it.