Health & Fitness

The healthy poop

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Poop might be a taboo topic, but it can offer insights about your health for you and your doctor.

Doctors say the perfect poop should be soft but dense in texture, and shades of brown or green.

Gabriel Neal, a family medicine doctor and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine, talked with MedlinePlus Health, a product of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, about poop health.

Overall, Neal says don't ignore significant changes in bowel movements, because the changes could be a sign of underlying conditions.

Here’s what he says people should keep in mind:

▪ Pooping should not hurt

▪ If you find blood, note the color.

▪ Going three times a week or less is too little.

▪ More than six times per day is abnormal.

Gabriella Dunn: 316-268-6400, @gabriella_dunn

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