Let’s Talk Sh*%!

By Nadene Neale | | Gut health

I would say that a conservative estimate would be 75% of my patients are actively treating Gut Health under my care. If you’re a nuBird, you know how I LOVE to talk about pooping. And if you’ve been into my clinic, you may have had the pleasure of seeing my Bristol Poop Box. If you haven’t, boy, are you missing out!

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It’s a little known fact that viewing your excrement is the cheapest, most underrated, most efficacious way for you to personally gauge how your digestive system is working. Developed by the Bristol Royal Infirmary, The Bristol Stool Scale is widely used as a research tool to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for various diseases of the bowel.

The seven types of stool from the Bristol Stool Scale are:
* Type 1: Separate hard lumps, like nuts (difficult to pass and can be black)
* Type 2: Sausage-shaped, but lumpy
* Type 3: Like a sausage but with cracks on its surface (can be black)
* Type 4: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft (average stool)
* Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges
* Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool (diarrhea)
* Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces, entirely liquid (diarrhea)

Types 1 and 2 indicate constipation, with 3 and 4 being the ideal stools as they are easy to pass while not containing excess liquid, 5 indicating lack of dietary fiber, and 6 and 7 indicate diarrhoea.

To make sure your number 2 is number 1 in my book do the following

If you’re digestion is unable to be supported using those above measures, we may be dealing with Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO for short). Feel free to take our free online questionnaire  to help determine if that’s where you are.

If you find you’re susceptible, please schedule an appointment to get on a treatment plan to eliminate SIBO as soon as possible.