How does the absorption of water affect the texture of stool that is prduced by the digestive system? Please explain in simple terms, thank you.
If too much water is reabsorbed back into the body's system, the stool texture will be hard and dry causing constipation. If not enough water has been reabsorbed back into the body's system, the stool texture will loose and watery, causing diarrhea. Water absorption affects stool texture along a continuum of loose and water to dry and hard. Water absorption itself is affected by length of time in the intestine. Too short a time corresponds to loose, watery texture while too long a time corresponds to dry, hard texture.