Stools are formed in the colon as the colon extracts liquid from the digested food, forming solid pieces which are then eliminated. Stools can be assessed by consistency, color, smell, quantity, and frequency of elimination. Stools should also be checked for blood, mucus, and parasites.
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The longer stools sit in your gut, the more they ferment and rot in the steamy, balmy environment of your intestines. Regular elimination prevents toxins from these rotting stools entering your blood stream. Adequate fats, fluids, fiber, salty and sour tastes encourages regular elimination. Avoid foods that cause gas, which disrupts your natural elimination cycle. A healthy routine encourages regular elimination.
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CLEARClear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
CONSTIPATIVEAn herb that binds stools / stops diarrhea. When used in excess, these herbs and foods can cause constipation.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
HIGH-FIBER-LAXATIVEA class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The size of a stool stimulates peristalsis and the stool passes more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydrating.
STIMULANT-LAXATIVEStimulant laxatives induce bowel movements by stimulating peristaltic movement (the contraction of smooth muscle in the intestines). They are effective when used on a short-term basis. On a long-term basis, they can create dependency. Aka irritant laxativ
STOOL-SOFTENERAn herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
DOWNWARDDownward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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This article is more of a definition than relating to Ayurvedic diet or dosha.
Hi Morgan, thanks for your comment! You can see lots of stool classifications that might be more related to your experience here: https://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/symptoms/Poop/Stool/25Hope you find these more helpful! You can also take our Poop Assessment quiz: https://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/body-type/Poop-Quiz