What Now?

August 7, 2016


Last week, we learned about the importance of looking before you flush as a quick, a free guide to your health, colon and a sneak peak of what's actually going on inside of your body. You were to keep a log to monitor the frequency and types of bowel movements you were having and comparing them to the charts that were provided. So, how did you do?


Now that you are able to more accurately gauge whether your stool is healthy or unhealthy, it is now time to take action towards better health. Talking with your health professional is always advisable. The key to understanding the chart is, "transit" time as it relates to the shape and ease of passing stool. Transit time is the amount of time it takes from the time you eat a meal until the time you have a bowel movement. This is very important because if your transit time is slow, this means that you will have compacted waste lining the insides of your colon. For this reason it is imperative to space your meals appropriately to give your body enough time to digest, process, and eliminate waste from EACH MEAL. This time frame is measured at approximately 5 hrs between meals. "There should be no eating between meals, and at least five hours should be allowed to elapse between the meals. Indigestion is the result of food taken into the stomach before the digestive organs have had time to dispose of the foregoing meal. . . ."  {TDG 210.3} 


 It's not as bad as it sounds, if you eat the right meals at the right times. "A second meal should never be eaten until the stomach has had time to rest from the labor of digesting the preceding meal."  {HL 84.1} 


Your heaviest meals should be in the morning as you BREAKtheFAST from the previous night. Eating a heavy breakfast (typically just eating dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner) allows the appropriate amount of nutrients and energy to make it through the first 5 hours and sometimes even longer for some. Substituting dinner for a lighter meal is appropriate as your body prepares to rest. Your body should not have to spend extended amounts of hours into the night trying to digest food especially with limited activity, as it commonly  is coming to the end/close of the day. "The stomach, when we lie down to rest, should have its work all done, that it may enjoy rest, as well as other portions of the body. The work of digestion should not be carried on through any period of the sleeping hours.  {HL 84.5}   If you feel that you must eat at night, take a drink of cold water, and in the morning you will feel much better for not having eaten. {HL 85.1}  The stomach may be educated to desire food eight times a day, and feel faint if it is not supplied. But this is no argument in favor of so frequent eating."


Ok, let's analyze your results using the chart.


If your stool was :


Type  1: Separate hard lumps, like nuts, has spent the longest time in the colon, nothing there to retain water. Painful to pass. This type is indicative of fiber-free or low carb diet. Size is too big to comfortable pass through the anus, bleeding and lacerations are not uncommon Flatulence unlikely since there is no fermentation of fiber taking place.


Type 2: Sausage-like but lumpy, combination of type 1 but is lumped together because of the fiber present here. Typical texture and size for constipation. Most destructive because its size exceeds the maximum opening of the anal canal. Size ranges from 3 to 4 cm, the anal canal is 3 cm. Extreme straining is common in this type because stool has been in the colon for several weeks, exceeding the normal expelling time.

"A person experiencing these stools is most likely to suffer from irritable bowel syndrome because of continuous pressure of large stools on the intestinal walls. The possibility of obstruction of the small intestine is high, because the large intestine is filled to capacity with stools. Adding supplemental fiber to expel these stools is dangerous, because the expanded fiber has no place to go, and may cause hernia, obstruction, or perforation of the small and large intestine alike." (Monastyrsky)


Type 3: Like a sausage but with cracks in the surface, faster transit time(1-2) weeks Size is 2 to 3.5 cm. "All of the adverse effects typical for Type 2 stools are likely for type 3, especially the rapid deterioration of hemorrhoidal disease." (Monastyrsky)


Type 4: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft, normal and very good type. Common for someone defecating at least once daily. Smooth, requires no straining, passing through the anal canal at 1 to 2 cm!


Type 5:  Soft blobs with clear-cut edges, in the running as best with type 4. This type is common for persons having two or three bowel movements after major meals, passing through the anal canal at 1 to 1.5 cm!


Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool, borderline abnormal and can be messy due to the fact that the urge cannot be suppressed. "These kind of stools may suggest a slightly hyperactive colon (fast motility), excess dietary potassium, or sudden dehydration or spike in blood pressure related to stress (both cause the rapid release of water and potassium from blood plasma into the intestinal cavity). It can also indicate a hypersensitive personality prone to stress, too many spices, drinking water with a high mineral content, or the use of osmotic (mineral salts) laxatives."(Monastyrsky)


Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces, is of course, diarrhea. "It’s typical for people (especially young children and infirm or convalescing adults) affected by fecal impaction—a condition that follows or accompanies type 1 stools. During paradoxical diarrhea the liquid contents of the small intestine (up to 1.5–2 liters/quarts daily) have no place to go but down, because the large intestine is stuffed with impacted stools throughout its entire length. Some water gets absorbed, the rest accumulates in the rectum. The reason this type of diarrhea is called paradoxical is not because its nature isn’t known or understood, but because being severely constipated and experiencing diarrhea all at once, is, indeed, a paradoxical situation. Unfortunately, it's all too common." (Monastyrsky)


To optimize bowel movements:

  • Eat a diet that includes whole foods, rich in fresh, organic vegetables and fruits that provide good nutrients and fiber; most of your fiber should come from vegetables, not from grains

  • Increase your fiber intake; good options include psyllium and freshly ground organic flax seed (shoot for about 50 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories consumed daily)

  • Avoid artificial sweeteners, excess sugar (especially fructose), chemical additives, MSG, excessive amounts of caffeine and processed foods as they are all detrimental to your gastrointestinal (and immune) function

  • Make sure you stay well hydrated with fresh, pure water

  • Get plenty of exercise daily  (Mercola)


" It is quite a common custom with the people of the world to eat three times a day, besides eating at irregular intervals between meals; and the last meal is generally the most hearty, and is often taken just before retiring. This is reversing the natural order; a hearty meal should never be taken so late in the day. Should these persons change their practice, and eat but two meals a day, and nothing between meals, not even an apple, a nut, or any kind of fruit, the result would be seen in a good appetite and greatly improved health. If the third meal be eaten at all, it should be light, and several hours before going to bed.  {HL 84.4} 


"Three meals a day and nothing between meals -- not even an apple -- should be the utmost limit of indulgence. Those who go further violate nature's laws and will suffer the penalty.--  {HL 86.1} 


If you missed last week's article containing the Stool Charts,  you can find it here.




Mercola, D. (2013, February 14). What You See in the Toilet Says Something About Your Health. Retrieved July 31, 2016, from           http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/14/normal-stool.aspx


Monastyrsky, K. (n.d.). How to evaluate stools with Bristol stool chart. Retrieved August  04, 2016,     from https://www.gutsense.org/constipation/normal_stools.html


White, E. G. (n.d.). Ellen G. White Writings. Retrieved August 04, 2016, from  https://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book



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