Noise – it should make little to no noise when it hits the water in the toilet.
Size – preferably in one piece and the longer the better.
Colour – stools contain a pigment called bilirubin, which forms when red blood
cells break down and should be mid-brown in colour (this can be affected by a large amount of coloured food, such as beetroot).
Texture – soft and solid (not hard and with no cracks). It should sink slowly to the bottom of the toilet and not float, splash or drop like a rock.
Smell – it should have an odour emitted by the bacteria it contains.
Pain-free – passed easily with minimal straining (and taking no longer than 10 minutes).
Regularity – once or twice daily and a minimum of 3-4 times a week.
Consistent – we are all different, but should have our own consistent bowel habits and monitor any major changes.