What Sh*t Says About Your Health

What Sh*t Says About Your Health

Next time your buddies say “You don’t know shit!” try coming back with “actually, I do.”

All guys download brownware, but not all of us learn from what we leave behind in the john. What’s there to learn? Well, a quick look at the shape, size and colour of your stools, as well as following the frequency of deposits at the porcelain bank, can help you gauge your digestive health and even tell you when it’s time to see your doctor.

Bowel movements, after all, are what happens when your body takes the nutrients it needs from food and shows the leftovers the back door. And when these leftovers vary from the norm, it could be time to take action.

What should you look out for? Here are the “Big 3” issues:

Colour

First of all, why are turds brown? Turns out they’re coloured by bile, a digestive liquid secreted by the liver. Food that takes the usual three days to get from mouth to toilet is typically brown, and if it’s extra speedy — owing to factors such as lots of fibre in your diet — it could come out looking greenish. Leprechaun poop is nothing to worry about.

Now, if your logs look extra light or dark, it could be a sign of trouble and you should visit your doctor if it continues.

Shape and size

Both these factors can indicate a lack of fibre in your diet. Small, hard, pellet-like poops are typical of this. This is a great time to be a good example to your family and munch on extra fruits, veggies, and/or beans.

Frequency

There’s no “normal” rate of launching a butt shuttle. Some men launch several times a day, others just a few times a week. It’s when your launch routine changes drastically, or causes discomfort, that you need to take action.

  • Consider constipation: If you normally go once or twice a day, but are feeling bloated and uncomfortable after three days without relief, it could indicate several things: Your fibre intake has decreased; you’re not drinking enough water; you’ve become less physically active; or you’re taking painkillers or iron supplements. Address these causes, and you’ll probably get relief in a day or two.
  • The same goes for diarrhea: Loose, overly frequent core dumps may be caused by something you ate or a bacterial or viral infection. If these are the causes, symptoms should go away within 48 hours. Remember to drink extra water, as persistent diarrhea can lead to dehydration.

In any case, symptoms lasting more than a few days should be brought to your doctor’s attention, as they could be signs of the widespread irritable bowel syndrome or other more serious conditions.

So there you go: There’s plenty to gain from being No. 1 in the No. 2 business.

Are Your Leftovers Giving You Diarrhea?

Are Your Leftovers Giving You Diarrhea?

You know those times you’re not quite sure how long your leftovers have been sitting in the fridge? Well sorry to inform you bud, but the sniff test just won’t cut it. Let’s talk about how a few simple tips can prevent you from clenching your butt cheeks and running to the toilet every 5 minutes.

Food Dangers

While our food in Canada is among the safest in the world, every year thousands of Canadians get food poisoning. In fact, you may experience food poisoning and not even know. Symptoms can range from diarrhea , stomach cramping, and nausea, to much more serious side effects. According to the World Health Organization, unsafe food can cause more than 200 diseases!

Food Storage

Good news is, how we store our food is an easy way to prevent food poisoning. Protect yourself and your family from food poisoning with these tips:

  1. Avoid the danger zone: Remember to always keep your cold food cold and hot food hot – avoid what’s known as the “temperature danger zone” between 4 °C to 60 °C where bacteria can grow quickly.
  2. Know your fridge temperature: Ensure your fridge is set at 0 °C to 4 °C and your freezer at -18 °C or lower.
  3. Check the lifespan of your leftovers: The next time you’re prowling for leftovers, check the lifespan first with this list of fridge storage times and leave the guesswork out.

 

If you found this information helpful and feel inspired, support World Health Day on the issue of food safety, and share this post with anyone you think may benefit!

 

References:
http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/safety-salubrite/tips-conseils/storage-entreposage-eng.php
http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2015/en/

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