Who can resist the temptation to look into the toilet bowl before we flush? Keep on doing it, and don’t be ashamed — there’s information on your health down there.

I recently came across a wonderful little book called What’s Your Poo Telling You by Josh Richman and Anish Sheth M.D. Over the next few little while I shall extract some useful nuggets from that book and pass them along to you.

Deja Poo is the name for a movement that has many familiar reminders of the last meal clearly embedded in it. This is not a sign that you failed to chew or that your body is incapable of digesting food. It simply means you have taken in a lot of insoluable fibre with your last meal. We humans lack the necessary enzymes to digest certain components of plant cell walls, conspicuously corn and oat bran. Are they that good for you that you can’t stop eating them?