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What Your Feces Tell About Your Health

What does healthy and unhealthy feces look like? What are the causes of thin, hard, dry, watery, lumpy, black, bright red, gray, tar-like, charcoal-like, and pale colored feces? This article will cover a complete explanation of its causes and problems.

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 your feces tell about your health (part 2), what causes blood (or bright red blood) in your feces? and How does a bowel movement affect your feces/stool and health?.

What are the Causes of Pencil Thin Feces?

You might like your body shape to look pencil thin giving you a model like figure, or for your electrical gadgets to be compact and pencil thin making them handy for you to carry everywhere. Unfortunately, pencil thin feces is not a good thing.

Do you know that pencil thin feces could be an indication of colon cancer? It is also linked to colon cancer precursor like polyps found in the colon. Think that, when you have tumor or mass in your colon that blocks the delivery of body waste, and during which it is passed through this growth the body waste can become thinner just like a pencil shape. When you see these pencil thin feces on a continual basis, say 2 days or more, it can mean something abnormal is in your body. This should prompt you to check with a doctor.

Should My Feces Sink or Float?

Definitely, ideal healthy feces should sink and hit the toilet. There is a time when your feces float when your body did not properly absorb fat from the food you ate but ending as greasy, foul smelling and yellowish feces. This malabsorption problem can also be caused by other medical conditions, particularly celiac disease. If you are experiencing this problem constantly, I would advise you to see a doctor as unabsorbed fat may cause loss of certain essential nutrients needed by your body for an optimum performance.

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  1. This is really a great share, thanks…

  2. Thanks for sharing

  3. Interesting information I never knew before.

  4. Should my feces sink or float? Lol. Very interesting observation. I don’t ever look at mine. I just do what I need to do and flush. Lol. A very well-researched and informative article. If there is blood in your feces, then that is something to worry about.

  5. Should my feces sink or float? Lol. Very interesting observation. I don\’t ever look at mine. I just do what I need to do and flush. Lol. A very well-researched and informative article. If there is blood in your feces, then that is something to worry about. oops. forbidden comment. will resubmit again.

  6. Thanks for informing us about feces. Colon cancer runs in my family so I need to know everything I can about this. I was concered when I first read this because I thought I would suffer from these things. Luckily I do not.

  7. I am not sure it is the same or different article with the one I’ve read before, but why my comment isn’t here.

  8. I took the print of all these articles as the information is very helpful.

  9. I guess the color is really important too. Another informative share Chan. Thank you.

  10. My comment is missing too so I’m leaving another one Chan!

  11. Isn’t the type of smell as important as the color? Musty, for instance might mean something.

  12. Wow lots of great information here…I learned a lot about a healthy stool. Thanks! :)

  13. Really great information here. Faeces do reveal a lot about body health.

  14. yes, great

  15. That’s a gud health tips…may I know why my stool is always dark brown but no foul smell? i used to eat vegies and fruits..

  16. thanks for the informative post!

  17. This is helpful, thank you!

  18. What causes my feces to suddenly lose it’s smell? I don’t think it’s my nose as my mom can’t smell anything either after I use the bathroom & my poo usually stinks as normal poo should.

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