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What does paleo poop look like?

Answered on January 09, 2016
Created December 04, 2010 at 2:57 PM

The Bristol Stool Scale describes poop.

http://www.thewvsr.com/bristolstoolchart.htm

How do paleo dieters poop? Curious to get data points.

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(624)

on November 27, 2013
at 11:01 PM

I'm in the exact same position as you. It's been a great relief and very eh... cathartic. I have a hunch it has as much to do with mag citrate, fermented foods and sweet potatoes as it does with the over all diet.

86cb0ceb4c145603be2e405cd14c5acd

(50)

on November 27, 2013
at 08:01 PM

where's the link?

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on January 06, 2012
at 04:02 PM

@Bill1102inf - Now Superenzymes about 2-3/meal, along with 1 Now Betaine HCL, +/-1 if eating a larger/smaller meal.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on January 06, 2012
at 10:28 AM

Thanks for this. One more thing to add to my wellness-tracking :)

E9808a9cfe806a22c0bdaff7c010c659

(405)

on January 06, 2012
at 10:25 AM

Comparing a diagnosis tool and the strongest method of gut flora recovery with vomit is foolish. Read up on "fecal transplant" and you'll be amazed.

1a21b91e9cb3bb70242b0487af3fbd61

(30)

on January 06, 2012
at 07:24 AM

I have found a better shit chart that allows you to rank your own shit in terms of points. http://i.imgur.com/i9nUN.jpg In general, as long as you rank from 7-9 points that should be quite healthy. Also, I think pictures of shit would be easier to analyze along with a picture of daily meals rather than just words, but I doubt any poster here would be that cooperative haha. Good luck analyzing all that shit~! Do let us know if you discover the most optimal paleo shit~ ;)

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on January 06, 2012
at 02:03 AM

what digestive enzymes do you take

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on January 05, 2012
at 08:07 PM

I always ate many greens since I was young, and I've only ever had green poop once I started having gallbladder problems. Could be greenish yellow, or toxic neon. Not sure what's going on in your case.

695d450f25e1e5f4eba82c615206cc5a

(189)

on November 26, 2011
at 11:01 AM

I'm usually a 4, 5, or 6. Never a 7, and i typically go 2-3 times per day.

Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

(1074)

on November 14, 2011
at 10:29 AM

To summarize: Types 3-4 are ideal, with lower numbers towards constipation and higher numbers towards diarrhea

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 14, 2011
at 02:59 AM

Well, sorry, I'm not posting a picture! LOL!

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on November 13, 2011
at 09:27 PM

Yes, I'm curious. Not a joke. I'm wondering what kind of stool may not fit into the Bristol stool type spectrum. Must be some stool.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on November 13, 2011
at 09:25 PM

1 or 2 significes constipation. You're regular nonetheless? No problem with colon moisture?

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

(6097)

on November 13, 2011
at 08:11 PM

This was my #1 indicator that I was on the right dietary path.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 13, 2011
at 08:07 PM

None of my poops look like any of those on the scale. Should I post a picture? ;)

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on May 24, 2011
at 01:30 AM

That's been my position all along!

C9b0f49cc58a60afffe5ca15f823efb0

on May 20, 2011
at 04:51 PM

lmbo! :D To funny.

9dbfedbe21eae2a65093f8774ba8ad4d

(559)

on April 30, 2011
at 01:41 PM

A type 7 for this long on the same diet I would take as an allergic reaction or a parasite. Time to see the doctor. I also don't think zero carbs is ideal for most people?

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on March 28, 2011
at 12:16 AM

Women seem to have much more of a problem with constipation on the SAD. Most men I know who eat crap are always shitting their brains out. I have a teenage-boy-like fast metabolism, so makes sense my colon would be on the spastic side.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on March 27, 2011
at 05:29 PM

This rings true with my experience as well.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on March 27, 2011
at 05:28 PM

It hasn't been my experience that too much fat causes problems. For me, any sugar consumed with fiber causes problems. Your diet as described here looks like mine. Update, please?

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on March 27, 2011
at 05:26 PM

I have found the same. Nuts, sugar, fiber; these all have atrocious consequences.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on March 27, 2011
at 05:26 PM

This is in line with my experience. Seems to be a major trend, with occasional outliers. Much stronger trend for the men, interestingly (and with a small sample size, but still...)

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on March 27, 2011
at 05:24 PM

By "better" I trust you mean lower on the scale?

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on March 27, 2011
at 05:23 PM

Your response is interesting. It is exactly the opposite of what I would expect.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on March 25, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Green used to be a symptom of excessive red dye consumption. Guessing that's not the case here...

22212e9ba2a041e6da6c963d4d41615a

(5773)

on March 25, 2011
at 05:55 PM

I was in the same bought. Freeeeedom!!!!!

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on March 25, 2011
at 04:54 PM

If you're having liquid diarrhea every day something is very wrong. Eat something besides meat and fat.

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on March 25, 2011
at 04:52 PM

Yeah... I eat many servings of greens most days, and I've never had green poop.

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on March 25, 2011
at 04:49 PM

My dogs had awfuly stinky, soft, voluminous stool on grain-based foods. Their 'paleo' (raw-fed) poop is small and very hard from all the bone they digest. It doesn't smell much, and it crumbles away quickly into white powder.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 12, 2011
at 09:05 PM

Mmmhmm. Everything is still the same.

A6cffe7397214f338ae098613eea6737

(50)

on March 12, 2011
at 08:38 PM

Do you have any issues with digestion? Have you tried HCL and/or Enzymes trial?

A6cffe7397214f338ae098613eea6737

(50)

on March 12, 2011
at 08:37 PM

Is it still the case?

A6cffe7397214f338ae098613eea6737

(50)

on March 12, 2011
at 08:36 PM

By incomplete digestion, do we mean Dyspepsia? Malabsorption?

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on January 31, 2011
at 05:33 PM

I've been having this issue for over a week; there has been a stomach bug going around but I don't feel ill otherwise. I also was thinking it may be from overdoing fat- I recently made lard and have been cooking with it a lot, I've never eaten it before in my life, so maybe my system was a bit surprised :/

0adda19045a3641edac0008364b91110

(1146)

on January 31, 2011
at 04:09 PM

Maybe to much fat? When I first started Paleo I couldn't handle that much fat, so I spent half the time in the toilet with diarrhea. Now I wish I went more, I only go about once a week. This is starting to get worrisome.

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on December 06, 2010
at 06:35 AM

If we're talking doggy poop, since we've been feeding our dogs raw meat and bones, they're poop is smaller and firmer and "biodegrades" faster than when they ate commercial food. When they are naughty and get into grain for the chickens/goats, their poop is big, nasty smelling and so much more gross. lol What exactly do those types indicate anyway?

C16d506f10d910db0736bfd0d0e3809a

(10)

on December 05, 2010
at 09:21 PM

Softer can also be from high fat.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

(5242)

on December 05, 2010
at 06:00 PM

Darkish greenish often due to incomplete digestion. Just something to keep in mind.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on December 05, 2010
at 03:14 AM

Interesting question. I've noticed in the dog world, there have been a lot of people saying if your dog's poop is kinda soft, even though still well formed, it's not healthy. Seems like they expect these sorta calcified hard poops as being healthy, but those do not seem healthy to me. (just easier to cleanup is all) The hard calcified poops are what comes from grain based foods is what I have noticed.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on December 04, 2010
at 05:39 PM

Exactly why I asked it here and not, say, at the barber shop!

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13
0ee98c251b5eef357445aefec99c5d7b

(888)

on March 25, 2011
at 05:27 PM

If someone is currently on a fast and very hungry, just click on the link and you'll be good to go for another 12 hours or so..

C9b0f49cc58a60afffe5ca15f823efb0

on May 20, 2011
at 04:51 PM

lmbo! :D To funny.

4
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 30, 2011
at 01:23 AM

At any moment this conversation is going to segue into the "floaters" vs. "sinkers" controversy.

3
26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

on March 25, 2011
at 04:52 PM

Pre-primal I was 5 or 6, sometimes 7 (IBS ftw). Now I am 4, very rarely 3.

I used to go 4-8 times per day then, too. Hated it. Now I go once, rarely twice. SO nice not to have to spend my life on the toilet.

22212e9ba2a041e6da6c963d4d41615a

(5773)

on March 25, 2011
at 05:55 PM

I was in the same bought. Freeeeedom!!!!!

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on March 27, 2011
at 05:26 PM

This is in line with my experience. Seems to be a major trend, with occasional outliers. Much stronger trend for the men, interestingly (and with a small sample size, but still...)

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on March 28, 2011
at 12:16 AM

Women seem to have much more of a problem with constipation on the SAD. Most men I know who eat crap are always shitting their brains out. I have a teenage-boy-like fast metabolism, so makes sense my colon would be on the spastic side.

2
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 01, 2011
at 05:58 PM

Since going VLC paleo, I'm type 1-2 consistently. Drinking plenty of water did not change this.

2
06f46afda9ee3ca7f0070a3caa294a91

on May 01, 2011
at 04:52 PM

i am consistently a 1 or a 2. it seems like im the only one not 3+. i drink plenty of water and eat a decent variety of meats/veggie/fat.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on November 13, 2011
at 09:25 PM

1 or 2 significes constipation. You're regular nonetheless? No problem with colon moisture?

2
Medium avatar

(3029)

on April 30, 2011
at 06:36 AM

I have a hunch that if your diet and therefore gut are right on track, your pooh will be odourless and you won't need any toilet paper, because it'll be well formed.

If we knew what the natural state of pooh was, maybe we could use this as an objective measure of how appropriate our diet is.

322a2783dfe4086591f323c6d2c086d6

on January 06, 2016
at 01:39 AM

It is just past New Year's, 2016... hello people in the past! :-)

I have never believed that #4 was correct! If I have a bowel movement that is long and ropey then it sticks to my anus and that doesn't make any sense!!

I'm not sure that it could be completely odorless as anything that you eat that is fermented stinks but I agree with the no need for toilet paper. It makes sense to me that a clean break, nothing sticking, would be the hygienic thing that mother nature intended! (okay... "intended" is not science... oh well!)

Also... there are going to be SLIGHT changes in one's... end results... depending on what is available to eat that day. But healthy, I think, is number 3! No, pushing necessary (in fact it should be downright pleasant!)... a clean break... nothing sticking.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on May 24, 2011
at 01:30 AM

That's been my position all along!

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

(6097)

on November 13, 2011
at 08:11 PM

This was my #1 indicator that I was on the right dietary path.

2
A6e2b231f69366ce825476c5a6dcfff6

(1967)

on March 25, 2011
at 05:33 PM

Pre paleo i was all over the board and going 3 or 4 times a day. Now I'm #3 or 4, most days, sometimes I'll skip a day.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on March 27, 2011
at 05:29 PM

This rings true with my experience as well.

2
Ac9425a387b78cb37a01972fe848bddb

(655)

on January 31, 2011
at 03:40 PM

I am type 7 and have been this way for a few weeks now. Could it be that i'm consuming too much fat? I usually wake up, have some coffee and heavy cream, then at lunch have a pound of grass-fed ground beef and later may have some eggs or more fat (butter, cream, coconut). Should I increase my fiber content, i have mixed feelings about that being that fiber may not be as beneficial as we think. I tend to follow Dr. Harris (PaNu) and try to eat 2-3 meals a day. What could I be doing wrong? I weigh 175 lbs and am 5'10, not much activity other than some push ups and pull ups ( my knee pops in and out and takes weeks to get back to functional level).

0adda19045a3641edac0008364b91110

(1146)

on January 31, 2011
at 04:09 PM

Maybe to much fat? When I first started Paleo I couldn't handle that much fat, so I spent half the time in the toilet with diarrhea. Now I wish I went more, I only go about once a week. This is starting to get worrisome.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on January 31, 2011
at 05:33 PM

I've been having this issue for over a week; there has been a stomach bug going around but I don't feel ill otherwise. I also was thinking it may be from overdoing fat- I recently made lard and have been cooking with it a lot, I've never eaten it before in my life, so maybe my system was a bit surprised :/

A6cffe7397214f338ae098613eea6737

(50)

on March 12, 2011
at 08:38 PM

Do you have any issues with digestion? Have you tried HCL and/or Enzymes trial?

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on March 25, 2011
at 04:54 PM

If you're having liquid diarrhea every day something is very wrong. Eat something besides meat and fat.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on March 27, 2011
at 05:28 PM

It hasn't been my experience that too much fat causes problems. For me, any sugar consumed with fiber causes problems. Your diet as described here looks like mine. Update, please?

9dbfedbe21eae2a65093f8774ba8ad4d

(559)

on April 30, 2011
at 01:41 PM

A type 7 for this long on the same diet I would take as an allergic reaction or a parasite. Time to see the doctor. I also don't think zero carbs is ideal for most people?

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Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on December 06, 2010
at 06:36 AM

depends on what I've been eating I suppose. Too many nuts and it's not good.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on March 27, 2011
at 05:26 PM

I have found the same. Nuts, sugar, fiber; these all have atrocious consequences.

2
64242a1130eb51f4852f78beed38b3d5

(1343)

on December 06, 2010
at 12:23 AM

I'm gonna go with 4 or 5. Once a day in the morning usually.

2
A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on December 05, 2010
at 01:58 AM

I usually poop a Type 4. :)

2
7431586c21bca496c5a7ec7bd0ca4d6e

(974)

on December 04, 2010
at 03:15 PM

Type 2 to Type 5. Firmer stools come from higher protein intake and use of bone broth. Softer stools come from vegetable consumption and use of magnesium citrate.

C16d506f10d910db0736bfd0d0e3809a

(10)

on December 05, 2010
at 09:21 PM

Softer can also be from high fat.

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9dbfedbe21eae2a65093f8774ba8ad4d

on April 30, 2011
at 01:44 PM

I am generally 3-5, my schedule is about every other day. I do NOT miss types 6-7 back when I had IBS symptoms on my old diet - thanks Weight Watchers!!

1
A52a71214108e3dd8b4268dd612fbbc5

on April 30, 2011
at 12:38 AM

Been on strict Paleo for ten months now (no dairy). I was probably a "3" before the diet/couple times a day-but now am pretty consistently a "4"/twice a day and sometimes "5". I got on here cause I was worried since I read that smaller stools can mean polyps, colon cancer, etc....and mine are def more narrow! But-thanks to all of you and this site (LOL!) I feel like it's the norm for paleo people! Thanks!

1
4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on December 05, 2010
at 09:06 AM

6 after breakfast, 4 later. When I started eating paleo / primal, it was between 6 and 7 but after adding back a little potato, much better.

What a conversation for a Sunday morning!!

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on March 27, 2011
at 05:24 PM

By "better" I trust you mean lower on the scale?

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on December 05, 2010
at 12:41 AM

I am almost always a Type 4. Once early in the morning and one in the afternoon. I've just noticed the change since going Paleo. I was usually a type 2/3 with more grains/beans.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 12, 2011
at 09:05 PM

Mmmhmm. Everything is still the same.

A6cffe7397214f338ae098613eea6737

(50)

on March 12, 2011
at 08:37 PM

Is it still the case?

1
667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on December 05, 2010
at 12:31 AM

Im always 2,3, or 4 for sure. One big boy in the first 45 minutes of waking, then perhaps a smaller 4 or 5 a couple of hours later. Sometimes late afternoon an extra little 5. The big AM is the key though. sets you up for a killer day. I eat a big salad with dinner steaktype meat about one hour before bed. Get some fermented veg like raw kimchi in daily and thatll pretty much always keep you on the regular.

1
A089b683ee0498f2b21b7edfa300e405

on December 04, 2010
at 05:13 PM

Range 4 to 5 - But darkish green, as spinach and wild greens are a daily part of my diet :)

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

(5242)

on December 05, 2010
at 06:00 PM

Darkish greenish often due to incomplete digestion. Just something to keep in mind.

A6cffe7397214f338ae098613eea6737

(50)

on March 12, 2011
at 08:36 PM

By incomplete digestion, do we mean Dyspepsia? Malabsorption?

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on March 25, 2011
at 04:52 PM

Yeah... I eat many servings of greens most days, and I've never had green poop.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on March 25, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Green used to be a symptom of excessive red dye consumption. Guessing that's not the case here...

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on January 05, 2012
at 08:07 PM

I always ate many greens since I was young, and I've only ever had green poop once I started having gallbladder problems. Could be greenish yellow, or toxic neon. Not sure what's going on in your case.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on December 04, 2010
at 04:35 PM

Mine is usually around the 4 to 5 range these days, plus I go about twice daily. Before paleo, it was in the lower number range, but not 1, and I would only go about once per day. LMAO, what a conversation! Only on paleohacks could such a conversation be considered not only acceptable but also normal and educational! ;-)

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on December 04, 2010
at 05:39 PM

Exactly why I asked it here and not, say, at the barber shop!

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on March 27, 2011
at 05:23 PM

Your response is interesting. It is exactly the opposite of what I would expect.

695d450f25e1e5f4eba82c615206cc5a

(189)

on November 26, 2011
at 11:01 AM

I'm usually a 4, 5, or 6. Never a 7, and i typically go 2-3 times per day.

Medium avatar

(624)

on November 27, 2013
at 11:01 PM

I'm in the exact same position as you. It's been a great relief and very eh... cathartic. I have a hunch it has as much to do with mag citrate, fermented foods and sweet potatoes as it does with the over all diet.

0
945a143f7bb9539fa0908396144e7fad

on January 09, 2016
at 09:17 PM

Check out Mercola and search "what you see int the tiolet"

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on January 06, 2012
at 01:52 AM

It's usually type 4 for me. As I don't have a gall bladder, I need to take digestive enzymes. If I forget to, or don't take enough, I produce a type 2 the next day.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on January 06, 2012
at 04:02 PM

@Bill1102inf - Now Superenzymes about 2-3/meal, along with 1 Now Betaine HCL, +/-1 if eating a larger/smaller meal.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on January 06, 2012
at 02:03 AM

what digestive enzymes do you take

0
19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on January 05, 2012
at 08:12 PM

3 to 4.

Used to be 7, 6, and at best, 5, pre-Paleo.

I go once a day, usually mid-day; or twice a day (mid-day and after dinner-time, I think?) if I've been gorging on food.

0
Medium avatar

on November 14, 2011
at 03:55 AM

Questions like this make me think writers for Tosh.O might be signing on to punk the excessively earnest subgroup of this community. Or else maybe some really clever vegans who want to mock the depths of "paleo" narcissism.

I threw up the one day last year. Thinking back, I keep thinking my carb content might have been too high. What's the ideal consistency of paleo vomit?

I also have mucous, snot, and ear wax questions. Any experts?

(Just so not one thinks I'm being intentionally "mean, marginalizing..." (or for god's sake) "negative," let me say I post this with high amusement, and actually, with appreciation everything that brings everybody here.)

OK?

E9808a9cfe806a22c0bdaff7c010c659

(405)

on January 06, 2012
at 10:25 AM

Comparing a diagnosis tool and the strongest method of gut flora recovery with vomit is foolish. Read up on "fecal transplant" and you'll be amazed.

0
Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 14, 2011
at 02:08 AM

Is it too late to say "Only on PaleoHacks..."? :)

0
Ba20b502cf02b5513ea8c4bb2740d8cb

on November 13, 2011
at 07:54 PM

This forum has officially jumped the shark if we start posting pics.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on November 13, 2011
at 09:27 PM

Yes, I'm curious. Not a joke. I'm wondering what kind of stool may not fit into the Bristol stool type spectrum. Must be some stool.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 13, 2011
at 08:07 PM

None of my poops look like any of those on the scale. Should I post a picture? ;)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 14, 2011
at 02:59 AM

Well, sorry, I'm not posting a picture! LOL!

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A2b3fdc9d13aea4ccb56e8741ce719f9

(69)

on November 14, 2011
at 01:03 AM

I think that it should be green poop with all the leafy vegatables paleoers eat.

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