Is Your Pooh Normal ?

by Dr. Laura Brown
on 19 February 2016
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Is Your Pooh Normal?

Did you ever consider looking at your own passing to get a sense for what’s going on in your body? It could be a telltale sign of your health.   If you have a child or a dog, you have to admit to looking at their pooh now and then to see how healthy they are. Too many treats, and they get the trots. Not enough water and they are straining to pass their movement.

Our bodies are ultimately a manufacturing facility… food, nutrients absorbed and waste out. What our stool (medical term for pooh) tells us about the state of our bodies can be very informative. Take the Bristol Stool Chart, shown below, for example. The seven types of stool can tell us a lot about what’s going on. Lovely you say? Well, it can speak volumes to a naturopathic doctor on what to do to help you uhm.. move on… so to speak.

Get the SCOOP on your POOP!


If you are mostly a Type 3 or 4, way to go! You are likely getting enough water, fibre, eating a balanced diet and have a strong microflora (good bacteria in the gut). You likely have no underlying factors of disease affecting your intestinal tract.

Type 5? Likely need to pay attention to the right kinds of fibre, maybe some dietary tweaks, a proper probiotic and adequate fluid intake. 

If you are Type 1or 2  OR 6-7– we need to get you more water and the right kinds of fibre and look for any neurological upset, food sensitivities, or medication side effects. Also to be considered are things like thyroid function, diabetes, calcium levels, dietary habits, supplement dosages, Celiac disease, bowel obstruction, endometriosis or even possibly cancer.  Stress, depression and anxiety can also be a factor in alternating constipation and diarrhea.

As a naturopathic doctor we look to the root cause of the issue, remove anything that may get in the way of healing, and then look to what needs to be changed or added in order to restore the natural balance of the body, mind and spirit.

Regardless of the state of your stool, Dr. Laura will find gentle ways to stimulate your healing within and restore your natural equilibrium.