35 years ago, a Japanese firm developed a high-tech toilet that did two things. First, it would take away your waste (like all toilets do).Secondly, it would analyze your waste and help you understand if you were getting all the nutrients necessary for your body to work as well as possible.
And, most importantly, this gave a clear indication if one’s digestive system was ‘balanced’ and whether those nutrients from your foods were actually being absorbed.This great idea was well before its time. It was like having a lab in your toilet. Unfortunately, it was expensive and failed commercially.
But today we have some great news!
Today it is so much simpler & faster to gage if your digestive system is ‘balanced.’
Two simple practices are much more important than just considering how you ‘feel’.
First, pay attention to how often you are having bowel movements, and
Secondly, you are encouraged to look at your poop and grade it visually. (This can be done in 2-seconds. And it is easy.)
In the scheme of healthful things, this is vitally important information you should know and apply.
Generally, your stools can be described as:
- too soft
- too liquid
- just right
- too hard, or
- so large and hard they need help to eliminate.
In 1997, Dr. Ken Heaton, from the University of Bristol, developed a chart describing the shape and form of poop. This chart can help anyone with a basic understanding of their digestive system.
(By the way, we have provided a downloadable chart at the end of this video.)
Essentially, there are 7 “types” of poop.
Let’s look at them in greater detail.
Type 1 appears mostly like individual nuts, or separate hard lumps. They may be difficult to eliminate, which may indicate some level of constipation.
Type 2 looks like a sausage, but with visible large lumps.
Type 3 also appears sausage-shaped, but with cracks on the outer surface showing smaller lumps. This is the runner-up best form of poop. They are easy to eliminate and not too hard, liquid or watery.
Type 4 is the ideal form of poop. It appears like a snake or sausage, with a soft, smooth outer appearance.
Types 5, 6, or 7 indicate an internal digestive system with a tendency towards diarrhea.
Type 5 has several individual blobs with clean edges; This type of poop is easy to eliminate.
Type 6 has fluffy & mushy pieces with irregular, ragged edges.
And finally, Type 7 stools are liquid & watery; having no solid pieces.
It is important to recognize that your digestive systems is always changing.
This may be due to a temporary change in diet, such as holiday over-consumption.
Or, it could due to more stress from life, work, health, relationships, etc.
Stress affects your digestion more than most people realize.
Stress may result in your stools becoming hard and packed into large clumps – making them hard to eliminate. Your digestion may also slow down affecting your ‘frequency of bowel movements’.
Having a bowel movement once or twice per day is normal.
Having only one in three days puts you on the verge of “occasional constipation.”
Less than one bowel movement in four or five days moves you into the “constipated” category.
Your new understanding of what your poop is telling you allows you to fine-tune your use of Gusto to Go, our beverage enhancer that matters!
Certain ingredients in Gusto to Go help your digestive system deal with stress.
Other ingredients help keep your poop more consistent in shape, size, and softness so they are easier to eliminate. This helps your digestive system operate on a more “regular” basis.
And finally, Gusto to Go enhances your body’s ability to absorb more of your food nutrients.
Gusto to Go’s a proprietary blend of 16-ingredients works in two fundamental ways.
First, they help you by relieving many of those annoying symptoms typical of an unbalanced digestive system. Symptoms such as nausea, indigestion, gas & bloating, and even diarrhea or constipation.
Secondly, Gusto to Go helps resolve the underlying problems that are causing those annoying symptoms.
We now know our digestive systems are responsible for helping us have all the natural energy & mental focus we need to live our lives with passion-filled enthusiasm & gusto!
Naturally, our digestive system often needs a little support. This is especially true for our daily travels through life, no matter where we are!
Be sure to download the Bristol Chart pdf below.