6 Things Your Poop May Be Trying to Tell You (PHOTOS)

Kiri Blakeley | Jan 16, 2014 Healthy Living

Let's talk about poop, bay-bee. Let's talk about you and number two. Let's talk about all the good things, and the bad things, in your poop. Let's talk about poop! Hey, if Cameron Diaz can talk about poop, so can we. Cameron, who appeared on the Dr. Oz Show to flog her new health book, chugged an entire liter of water on the show to demonstrate how she likes to get her bowels moving in the morning. She said:

This is the best way for me to go poop in the morning. Water wakes you up. First I brush my teeth because I don't want to swallow all the bacteria in my teeth from the night before. So I make sure that's gone and then I ...

She then proceeded to drink the entire liter of water. And now you know why we're gonna practically run out of drinking water by 2030. Thanks, Cameron! But Cam has a good point. Poop really can be a good indicator of your health. Let's check out our crap. Here are 6 things to look for.

  • Color


    Poop should be brown. Not reddish, not black, not white or yellow. Who knew it could be all of those colors? I would, however, give your poop a pass if it's red after eating beets.

  • Shape


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    Poops that are narrow and long could be a sign of colon cancer.

  • Texture



    Poop shouldn't be too soft or with what looks like fat globs floating in the bowl. That could be a sign of pancreatitis.

  • Phew!



    Poop normally doesn't smell like roses, but a significant change in smell -- poop that smells much worse than normal -- could be a sign something is wrong.

  • Constipation


    Many Americans suffer from this (hello!); however, frequent constipation can lead to hemorroids, anal fissures, or bleeding. Eat more fiber, get exercise, and drink lots of water like Cameron. I bet she never gets constipated, that bitch.

  • Diarrhea



    Ugh, diarrhea that lasts more than a few days can be a sign of irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn's disease.

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