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You may not realise it, but your poo says a lot about your health and diet. Poo is also called a 'stool' or 'stools'.

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There is no such thing as a perfect poo. Poos come in all shapes and sizes. They’re also different when it comes to colour and texture. Each time you go it might be a little bit different. This is because your poo reflects what you have eaten lately. Sometimes if you have unhealthy food it can show in your stools. Find out below how you could improve your poo!

Poo pellets

These stools are small hard, dry lumps like nuts or animal droppings. They can also be quite difficult to push out! This sort of poo is often a sign of constipation. Constipation can be caused by not having enough fibre, or not drinking enough liquid. It can also be because you haven’t had enough exercise. Try to eat more fibre from wholegrain bread and breakfast cereals. Fill up on fruits and vegetables, and make sure you glug 6-8 good-sized glasses of water a day.

Greasy goo

These stools are large, greasy stools. Stools like this often float and are difficult to flush away! These can often make your bottom itchy too. Again, you need to be drinking lots of liquid and making sure you eat healthily. If you find your stools never seem to flush then you should tell a parent. They might want to take you to the doctor to see if everything is OK. It’s a common problem, but good to check it out.

Stinky stools

When your poo smells really bad this can be a sign of poor digestion. It means that the food is sitting for too long inside you. Make sure you’re getting enough exercise. A healthy diet with lots of fruit, vegetables and fibre can work wonders in making your poo less pongy. Remember to keep off that junk food!

Skiddy stools

These stools leave skid marks down your toilet. This is because they have too much sticky mucous in them. This may mean you need more fibre in your diet. Stools that leave skid marks are quite common. Just aim to eat more fibre and see how you go!

Pale poo

Some poo is light or more yellow-ish in colour. Lots of people do the odd pale stool. But if you find that your poo is pale a lot of the time then you should say this to a parent. A visit to the doctors is a good idea just to make sure everthing’s okay. Often there’s nothing to worry about, but it’s always best to be on the safe side.

How often do you go?

Some people poo every day, some don’t. Some people poo more than twice a day. But if you can’t go, or you can’t stop going, then you need to let a parent know. If you think your poo looks wrong or it hurts to go to the toilet then you need to tell someone straight away.

Did you know?

  • The average stool is 75 per cent water, but most of this water is combined with bacteria. Half to two-thirds of the stool is bacterial and the rest is fibre. 

  • On average, everyone farts about once an hour!

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