This feces article will discuss the smell, frequency, buoyancy, healthy and unhealthy, number of pieces, and formation of feces as well as a healthy digestive system, accompanying with effective and practical tips to help improve your bowel movements.
This is a continual piece of my feces article series: Are your feces healthy?, Are your feces healthy?2, Your child’s feces: healthy or unhealthy, Effective home remedies for treating hard feces/stool problems, constipation and irritable bowel movement, Is your feces/stool normal?, what causes blood (or bright red blood) in your feces?, what your feces tell about your health and How does a bowel movement affect your feces/stool and health?.
As you all already know, your stool is a good indicator in diagnosing one’s health, more precisely, your feces tells the health status of your bowel movement, gastrointestinal health as well as your digestive system. The end result of your daily feces reflects what you have been eaten or drunk recently. After all, what you eat or drink is what your feces looks like. From the clue here, you may have to adjust your daily diet to improve your bowel movement. Besides the clues regarding your diet, your feces also tell you how high the levels of your stress, anxiety, pressure, anger, and depression are. Generally, you won’t get good shape of feces, if you’re stressed at the moment, and in most cases, you will get watery feces instead of solid feces.
How Are Feces Formed?
Before we go any further, let’s get the info on how your feces are formed. While putting food into your mouth, the saliva is secreted to embark a chewing campaign to shred the food into smaller pieces before it goes down your throat. This involves the presence of bacteria, digestive enzymes, bile, hydrochloric acid, involuntary contractions or peristalsis of gastrointestinal muscles and other secretions as well, to work on each food to a consistency of mud-like soup. Meanwhile, your digestive cells absorb the essential minerals, fats, nutrients, trace elements, vitamins, starches, and sugars they need for a better cell performance. Next, the waste products continue to glide down the digestive tract; and when they are in the colon, the entire leftovers will be mixed and combined together and they are partially dehydrated in nature. After this process, the remnant or feces which include undigested food (e.g. tiny seeds, corn), intestinal secretions, water, living and dead bacteria, indigestible fiber, bile (refer to worn-out red blood cells in bile giving the distinctive brown color to your feces) and sloughed-off dead cells are then being eliminated out of your anus.