CONSTIPATION IS ON THE RISE

Did you know constipation affects an estimated 12% to 19% of the U.S. population? According to a study released in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, the number of people visiting emergency rooms for constipation is on the rise. Sadly, most people don’t even know they’re technically constipated. Don’t wait for uncomfortable symptoms to find out. Take charge of your poop today!

CONSTIPATION IS ON THE RISE

The Importance of Pooping

Microbe Formulas likes to say, “A Healthy Microbiome Is a Healthy You.” Healthy, well-formed bowel movements are indicative of a healthy gut.

There is no hard rule for how many times a day you should poop. A general guideline is once to three times daily, but you also want to consider quality over quantity when it comes to your poop.

High quality poop is well-formed, smooth, easy to pass, and shaped like a sausage or brown banana. Here is the summation: if your poop looks like pebbles, you’re constipated (if you aren’t an infant), and if your poop is practically a liquid, you have diarrhea. What you want is soft, easy-to-push-out poop (hereafter referred to as “stool”).

MAP YOUR DOODY ON THE BRISTOL STOOL CHART

Which one are you? Pick a number that matches your latest results to learn what your poop is trying to tell you.

separate hard lumps, like nuts

This stool lacks a normal shape or form and may be accompanied with pain. This may suggest a lack of fiber in your diet and/or a lack of healthy gut bacteria.

Sausage-shaped, but lumpy

This stool may cause extreme straining and pain. Although held together by some bacteria and fiber, this stool type is the most dangerous because of the large diameter, which can cause tearing. Ouch! This type of poop may have been lingering in the colon for several weeks, rather than the standard 72 hours it takes to pass.

Sausage-shaped, with cracks on surface

This form is similar to type 2, but a more regular shape suggests more regular bowel movements. However, people with mild constipation or irritable bowel syndrome may also have this type. Straining may still occur, but the smaller shape suggests it's only been in the colon for one to two weeks.

Sausage or snake-like, smooth and soft

This type of stool is considered healthy and standard for a person typically having one bowel movement a day. The diameter suggests there’s a sufficient amount of fiber in your diet. Yay!

Soft blobs with clear- cut edges (easy to pass)

This form is considered healthy, ideal, and typical for someone who has two to three bowel movements per day, after meals. Woop woop!

Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, mushy

This stool is on the cusp of normal. It may be accompanied with urgency or suggest a hyperactive colon. Other factors may be dehydration, excess minerals in your diet, emotional or mental stress, and spicy foods.

Watery, no solid pieces (entirely liquid)

This may suggest fecal impaction, which is compounded stool that cannot leave the body. This stool (or lack thereof) has been called “paradoxical diarrhea” because it’s often seen with type 1 (severe constipation). While you wouldn’t normally pair diarrhea and constipation together, this does commonly occur.

1

separate hard lumps, like nuts

This stool lacks a normal shape or form and may be accompanied with pain. This may suggest a lack of fiber in your diet and/or a lack of healthy gut bacteria.

2

Sausage-shaped, but lumpy

This stool may cause extreme straining and pain. Although held together by some bacteria and fiber, this stool type is the most dangerous because of the large diameter, which can cause tearing. Ouch! This type of poop may have been lingering in the colon for several weeks, rather than the standard 72 hours it takes to pass.

3

Sausage-shaped, with cracks on surface

This form is similar to type 2, but a more regular shape suggests more regular bowel movements. However, people with mild constipation or irritable bowel syndrome may also have this type. Straining may still occur, but the smaller shape suggests it's only been in the colon for one to two weeks.

4

Sausage or snake-like, smooth and soft

This type of stool is considered healthy and standard for a person typically having one bowel movement a day. The diameter suggests there’s a sufficient amount of fiber in your diet. Yay!

5

Soft blobs with clear- cut edges (easy to pass)

This form is considered healthy, ideal, and typical for someone who has two to three bowel movements per day, after meals. Woop woop!

6

Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, mushy

This stool is on the cusp of normal. It may be accompanied with urgency or suggest a hyperactive colon. Other factors may be dehydration, excess minerals in your diet, emotional or mental stress, and spicy foods.

7

Watery, no solid pieces (entirely liquid)

This may suggest fecal impaction, which is compounded stool that cannot leave the body. This stool (or lack thereof) has been called “paradoxical diarrhea” because it’s often seen with type 1 (severe constipation). While you wouldn’t normally pair diarrhea and constipation together, this does commonly occur.

ABOUT MICROBE FORMULAS

Microbe Formulas is a health and wellness company based in Meridian, ID. Our mission is to create solutions that work and to restore hope and health. Over the past 3 years of providing wellness solutions to our customers, we have dedicated our research and development on formulating products that help the body reach ultimate wellness.

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HERE'S THE SCOOP...
"YOU GOTTA POOP!"

Moug and Angie