What Your Poop Says
About Your Health

Everybody poops – yes, even those beautiful celebrities. All creatures take in nutrients and eliminate what isn’t necessary for the body. While it may be an awkward topic to talk about, it’s a completely normal process. 

What and how you eat affects your digestive system. Did you know that digestive health is directly connected to your immune system? 70% of the body’s immune system is contained in the digestive tract – 70%! So what does your poop say about your health? Let’s first look at color changes and then we’ll discuss floating vs. sinking poops. 

Changes In The Color Of Your Poop

Light-Colored Poop 

If your poop is clay-colored, very light brown, or yellow, these may be signs of: 

  • An infection in your gallbladder, liver, or pancreas
  • Alcoholic hepatitis – inflammation in your liver caused by alcohol
  • Blockage of bile ducts – inflammation or irritation blocks the flow of bile to the intestines. 

Black Poop 

Poop can become black if you consume certain foods, such as black licorice or blueberries, or if you’re taking an iron supplement. More seriously though, it can be a sign of ulcers, bleeding or tumors in your digestive tract. 

Red Poop 

Tiny bits of blood in your stool can be caused by constipation or hemorrhoids, but red poops are thought to be a more serious indicator of something not right “down there”. Potential causes include: 

  • Bleeding in the rectum 
  • Abnormal blood vessels
  • Blood supply being cut off to parts of your digestive system
  • Swelling in the lining of your stomach 
  • Food or foreign object being stuck in your digestive system
  • Cancerous parts of your digestive system 

Floating Poops vs. Sinking Poops 

Now, what about if your poop sinks to the bottom of the toilet or you’ve had floating stool for months? What do these tell us about your health? 

The next time you feel the urge to drop the kids off at the pool, listen for the sound of your poop as it hits the water. Healthy poop should sink because typically, the contents are denser than water. 

Floating stools are typically a sign of high fat content, which can be a sign of malabsorption (a condition where you can’t absorb enough fat and nutrients from the food you’re eating). If your poop generally floats, please take the time to talk with your physician, as consistent floating poops are associated with celiac disease or chronic pancreatitis. 

We hope this post helps shed some light on what your poop may be telling you! It always has a lot to say. 

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15 Facts About Poop That Make You Go “Woah” and “Ew”

Everybody poops. It’s a part of life. In fact, the average person spends a total of 92 days on the john in their lifetime. From changing diapers to picking up after your pup, we’ve all had to deal with it.

Keep reading to learn 15 interesting and simultaneously gross facts about your #2s you probably don’t know!

1. People spend an average of 3 hours and 9 minutes on the toilet per week. Do the math that’s 27 minutes a day on average!

2. Fecal transplants are a thing. And 91% of fecal transplant patients were cured after one, with another 98% if the patient married that with additional probiotics and antibiotics.

3. Did you know that listed on the rim of the toilet, between the lid and tank is information on how much water your specific toilet flushes in every single flush? It will be listed as GPF (gallons per flush) and LPF (liters per flush). Most toilets in America that were manufactured in the 1980’s or prior use approximately 3.5-7 GPF. Nowadays, the average toilet only uses 1.6 GPF.

4. Healthy defecation can range from 3 times a day to 3 times a week. If you’re not, it might be due to a low amount of fiber in your diet. Foods like beans, broccoli, whole grains, and potatoes can help get your bowels moving.

5. When it comes to poop, the color can vary. We all know normal poop is brown. The brown color comes from bile in your poop. But a healthy stool can also be green or yellow, depending on a number of things including diet, vitamins, and medications. If your poop is red or black, it may be time to talk to a doctor.

6. In 2015, a British Airways flight was forced to land due to a toxic poop.

7. Bat dung has been used to make explosives and gunpowder for World War I and the Civil War. The shared ingredient that makes bat poop explosive? Potassium nitrate.

8. Coffee gives people gut contractions that activate the urge to go #2. That explains why you always need to run to the bathroom about 15 minutes into your morning cup.

9. Human feces contain metals like gold, silver, and palladium. Scientists are currently trying to figure out how to extract the precious metals from our poop.

10. Constipation occurs when the muscles in your colon are contracting too slowly. 

11. The Apollo landers didn’t just leave their footprints on the moon…they left 96 bags of human waste, including their poop too.

12. On the other hand, diarrhea occurs when matter moves too quickly through your large intestine. A lot of times, this results in poor absorption of nutrients and can make you dehydrated.

13. Pandas eat, sleep, and poop. 40 times a day. They’re basically 200-pound poop machines.

14. Although poop looks solid, only 25% of it is solid. The other 75% is water.

15. Brittain’s first poop bus hit the road in 2015. The bus ran on biomethane gas, a natural gas from human waste. It was said to be able to travel 186 miles, the equivalent of 5 people’s annual waste.

Well, there you have it! A lot of interesting and simultaneously disgusting facts about pooping. And while poop is definitely a laughing matter, we have the perfect sanitary solution. Our BouDe Butt Wipes are biodegradable, all-natural, and unscented. Whether you’re on-the-go or in the comfort of your own home, be prepared during your next trip to the bathroom.

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