Warning: assert() [function.assert]: Assertion failed in /home/content/75/10396475/html/libraries/loader.php on line 3
Is it ok to look at my stools?
You are here: Faeces and stools Looking at Stools


Is it ok to look at my stools?

E-mail Print PDF


Is it ok to look at my stools?
How to find out if you have a healthy stool

There is only one way to find out if things are well.
If you suspect anything sinister, the only way to find out is to look.
It is quite normal to examine your stools to detect any problems you can address or report to your Doctor.
How to heal and prevent Bowel disorders

Diet is not about what you should NOT eat, it’s about what you should include in the diet that matters.
As long as your diet includes the correct balance of plant foods containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch your colon will produce the perfectly formed stool. The important next step is to evacuate this stool without straining so that the body does not suffer from the pressures created each time the bowel is emptied.

In order to heal and prevent bowel disorders you need to make lifestyle changes that last the rest of your life time.

1. Include more fluids and plant food containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch in the diet so that the perfectly formed stool will be made in the colon and beneficial bacteria will flourish and eliminate disease causing bacteria and fungi.

2. Evacuate the perfectly formed stool by adopting the squat posture to eliminate the need to strain during bowel movements.

It is not possible or safe to squat on the modern raised toilet seat installed in all western homes and it is impossible to squat for any length of time if you have not done this from childhood onwards. This makes the use of any raised platforms impossible to adapt to.

The SquattLooStool is designed to allow you to adopt the squat posture while seated comfortably on your raised toilet seat.
The single best and easiest lifestyle change you will ever make, leading to a healthier body.


The Bristol Stool Chart or Bristol Stool Scale is a medical aid designed to

classify faeces into seven groups.


The type of stool you produce depends on the time it spends in the colon and what it is made up of.

What you see in the toilet bowl is the result of your diet, fluids, medications and lifestyle.

You can use the Bristol Stool Chart to check what your stools are telling you.

The perfectly formed stool is easily produced by including the correct proportions soluble fibre, insoluble fibre, resistant starch and sufficient fluids in the diet and leading a fairly active lifestyle that includes modest exercise.

The Bristol Stool Chart shows seven categories of stool.

Stools of types 3 and 4 are considered acceptable and should be aimed for.

Type 1–2 indicate constipation
Type 3–4 are ideal stools as they are easier to pass, and
Type 5–7 may indicate diarrhoea and urgency.