Okay, we’ll admit, the topic of bowel movements is not a pleasant subject. But we deal them every day and we all desire to have no complications in the process. We want our bowels to work on a consistent and reliable basis and our stools to be perfectly formed and easy to pass.
And believe it or not, our bowel movements tell us a lot about our health. For instance, hard, lumpy stools are a sign of constipation and can result from poor diet, excess stress, low fiber diets and antibiotic treatment. On the other hand, mushy and liquid stools can be a sign of a hyperactive colon, dehydration, excess potassium, and stress-related high blood pressure.
Do you wonder what a perfectly formed stool looks like? We’re glad you asked because back in 1997 researchers at the Bristol Royal Infirmary studied the stool from 1,897 subjects to determine the exact dimensions and texture of a perfectly formed stool.
After sifting through the stool samples of almost 2,000 subjects, the scientists at Bristol Royal Infirmary divided stool forms into seven categories (Type 1 through Type 7) and decided that we should all shoot for Type 3 or Type 4. If you’re falling in the Type 1 to Type 2 range, you likely have constipation. On the other hand, if you are consistently falling in the Type 5, 6 and 7 ranges then you have a hyperactive colon or excess dietary potassium.
So, what’s the best way to achieve Type 3 and 4 stools? Of course, you should strive to get plenty of dietary fiber from grains, vegetables and fruits. But you should also consider a clinically proven daily-use probiotic such as Hero ProbioticsTM. A recent clinical study showed that the lead probiotic strain in Hero ProbioticsTM, DE111, significantly improved gastrointestinal discomfort by reducing constipation and diarrhea over a 90-day trial. In other words, DE111 increased the frequency of normal stool types (i.e., Type 3 and 4) in healthy adults.
If you’re experiencing occasional non-normal bowel movement, then consider Hero ProbioticsTM. This probiotic supplement contains DE111, a probiotic strain that supports digestion and immune health and has been clinically tested. Genetic testing of the strain has shown that it contains no DNA plasmids, antibiotic resistant or other deleterious genes. The DE111 strain is one of ten probiotic stains in the Hero ProbioticsTM formulation. The formulation includes 30 billion organisms in each capsule.
It might seem like a small thing, but at the end of the day, we all want to experience healthy and normal bowel movements. Making a few changes to your diet such as increasing your fiber intake, staying hydrated and taking a daily-use probiotic such as Hero ProbioticsTM can help you make strides toward achieving that perfect bowel movement; and doing so on a consistent basis.