Get your giggles or cringes out, because we need to talk about poop and what it's trying to tell you about your health. Your bowel movements are probably something you want to just get done, and never have a discussion about, but ignoring your stools (and what they indicate) can mean you're ignoring your body’s way of communicating health issues. Even if your poop looks normal, it's giving you a picture of what's happening inside your body. Poop may be an awkward topic, but it’s a normal bodily function that obviously serves a purpose.
I get that talking about our bodily waste may not be the most pleasant thing, but poop can actually provide a lot of insight into to your physical health, and noting any changes could help you catch a problem before it progresses. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer diagnosis in the United States, but its mortality rate has reduced with routine colonoscopies and fecal testing. If you think this only affects elderly folks, you’re wrong: despite the fact that colon cancer is usually diagnosed in people over 50, scientists have seen an alarming rise of the cancer in young people. Not to mention, there is an abundance of gastrointestinal issues that can alter everything from your stool’s consistency to the frequency you go to the bathroom. Here are seven things your poop can help you understand about your health.