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When you’re done handling your business in the bathroom, you probably just want to get up and go. Nobody really wants to hang around and evaluate what happens, let alone look inside the toilet bowl. But, the truth is that one of the least pleasant things we create also gives us some of the greatest insight into our health. Obviously, going number two is never going to be pretty, pleasant, fun, or glamorous. But that’s not to say that you should just accept if it’s painful, unbearably pungent, and noticeably uncomfortable. Some health experts would even say that very healthy feces are odorless, and give you little trouble when they come out. If you’ve just been living with the fear of going to the bathroom, something might be up. So, is your poop trying to warn you about something? Here are things to look out for.

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If your stool is shapeless—like diarrhea—but doesn’t come with the discomfort and urgency of diarrhea, it’s possible that you have Celiac disease. Most people who have it, don’t know it, but it can make it difficult for your stool to retain shape.

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