The average human excretes 150 grams of feaces a day, which adds up to 5 tons of poop annually. The feaces is comprised of 75% water and the rest is an often stinky combination of fibrous materials, dead and live bacteria and mucus. We poop due to digestion, which takes 24 to 72 hours in the average human. Food passes from the esophagus to the stomach after we consume it. It then travels through the small intestine, the large intestine, and finally escapes out the anus.
Feaces can vary from person to person. Frequency, color and shape are all variable depending upon many factors. Regardless of frequency, a normal person has consistent bowel movements. One's personal frequency will stay the same but not necessarily be the same as another's frequency. As long as you are passing feaces at regular, consistent intervals, your frequency is considered normal. Color varies depending on food consumed. Leafy green vegetables will cause a green stool. If you are taking certain medicines, they may change your feaces to white or clay-colored. Pay close attention to jet-black feaces.
Although it may just be high iron consumption, it could also be a sign if bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract. Healthy feaces rich with nutrients will often be an S-shape and bulky whereas consistently pencil-thin feaces could be a sign of rectal cancer, which narrows the opening where feaces passes.
Feaces play a much bigger role in nature than we think. Apart from revealing the conditions of our internal organs and dietary affects, feaces are important as sources of nutrition for certain species. Dung Beetles for instance, feed on the feaces of other animals and do not need to eat or drink anything else. Some dung beetles are known to roll feaces into balls, for the convenience of transporting and storing for a later date. Being rich in nutrients, buried dung is beneficial to agricultural soil, aiding in plant growth.
There are so many interesting facts about feaces. For instance, one in six cell phones are contaminated with fecal matter so make sure you wash your hands. Also, the more time you spend on the toilet, the higher your risk for hemorrhoids. Eating 30 to 35 grams of fiber a day instead of the 15 grams that most people consume will help problems such as constipation and diarrhea. Be more observant of your feaces, it may help your health immensely.
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