25 Impressive Things Your Poop Says About You

Posted by , Updated on May 24, 2024

It’s perfectly natural to be curious about what your stool can reveal. While talking about bowel movements in social gatherings or during meals might not be considered proper, we’re breaking those norms to help you out. What your feces indicates about your diet, lifestyle, and overall health might surprise you. It could either reflect a healthy way of living or suggest the need for some changes. Regardless of what it signifies, it’s smart to take notice. So, settle in and get ready. Here are 25 Significant Things Your Stool Says About You.


If you suddenly have chronic and greasy diarrhea, and it smells abnormally bad, then you might have a Giardia infection. Caused by a microscopic parasite, this infection also causes nausea, bloating, and cramps.

giardiaSource: https://www.wikihow.com/Recognize-the-Symptoms-of-Giardiasis

A white stool is rarely ever a good sign. It happens when bile can't make it to your GI tract from your liver. It could point to liver disease.

liver diseaseSource: https://www.self.com/story/what-your-poop-says-about-your-health

If you haven't pooped in days, and you strain to get it out, then you're likely constipated. Make sure to eat more fiber and add more activity to your lifestyle. Straining to poop too hard can cause anal tears and even increased blood pressure in your brain from holding your breath and straining.

constipatedSource: https://www.self.com/story/so-you-havent-pooped-in-a-while; https://health.howstuffworks.com/human-body/systems/digestive/can-straining-on-toilet-kill.htm

On the other hand, if you comfortably poop once a day, then you're regular and normal.

thumbs upSource: https://www.healthline.com/health/how-many-times-should-you-poop-a-day

If you have frequent and loose stools that border on diarrhea, then you might have Celiac Disease and will need to reduce the amount of gluten you eat.

gluten freeSource: https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/celiac-disease-symptoms-8-red-flags/2/

If you're wiping only once or twice after a complete poop, then it means your poop consistency is good and the anal sphincter closes well.

toilet paperSource: https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/4162534/diet-coeliac-disease-cancer-your-poo-says-about-you/

The shape of your poop can mean many things. For instance, if your poop is long and snake-like, then you've got one healthy piece of dung.

stool chartSource: https://www.mamanatural.com/great-poop-looks-like/

You can probably guess that if your poop looks like brown pebbles, it's not a good sign and means you're constipated. Again, you'll want to eat more fiber and drink lots of water.

pebblesSource: https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/bowel-movements-health/

You'll want to see a doctor if you have constant and urgent bloody diarrhea. It could mean you have Ulcerative Colitis, a disease that causes inflammation and ulcers in the colon and rectum.

Ulcerative_colitisSource: https://www.healthline.com/health/ulcerative-colitis/stool

Getting a gut infection is no fun. So, if you're having explosive and liquid poop that comes out as seaweed green, you might have a C.diff infection. This is becoming more common after taking antibiotics.

c diffSource: https://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/7-things-your-poop-says-about-you

Bloody poop is always a red flag and could mean a variety of different things. One possible reason for a bloody stool is Crohn's Disease. It causes inflammation to the intestines and causes bleeding in the rectum. Obviously, always go to a doctor if you've got a bloody stool.

Crohn's_DiseaseSource: https://www.crohnsandcolitis.com/crohns

Fortunately, red poop doesn't always mean you're bleeding from the colon. If you ate a lot of beets recently, it can change the color of your poop to red.

beetsSource: http://factslegend.org/30-icky-and-interesting-poop-facts/2/

Turns out, you don't want your poop to float like a ship sailing on the seven seas. It could mean you have an excess of fat in your poop and that your body isn't absorbing nutrients properly.

boatSource: https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/what-does-it-mean-if-your-poop-floats

Pencil thin stools might be a sign of constipation, but there's also a small likelihood it could be colon cancer. Of course, colon cancer comes with a variety of other symptoms as well, not just thin poop. If you're concerned, see a doctor.

pencilSource: https://www.livestrong.com/article/22295-warning-signs-colon-cancer/

Excess mucus on the stool might mean you're dehydrated or constipated. However, it could also be something more serious. Mucus is naturally in stool, but you rarely see it. Once you see it, it could be a sign of infection.

toiletSource: http://thescienceofeating.com/food-combining-how-it-works/tips-tricks/what-your-poop-says-about-you/

Remember, brown poop is best. If your poop is yellow, then you might have an infection, gallbladder problem, or Gilbert's Syndrome.

yellow stoolSource: http://thescienceofeating.com/food-combining-how-it-works/tips-tricks/what-your-poop-says-about-you/

Ever wonder why you might find corn kernels in your poop? It's because of cellulose. Our bodies digest the inside of the corn but the outside cellulose remains unharmed.

cornSource: https://www.vox.com/2015/1/22/7871579/poop-feces

Black stools could be a cause for concern. If your poop is black, it might be because of a bleeding ulcer or a problem in the upper digestive tract.

black poopSource: https://www.verywell.com/causes-of-black-stool-1941711

On the other hand, black stools could also be from something you ate or even if you're taking Pepto-Bismol.

pepto bismolSource: https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/bowel-movements-health/

If your poop comes out purple or blue, don't freak out. Cakes, cookies, and even Burger King Whoppers have been known to change the color of your poop because of food coloring.

whopperSource: http://www.redbookmag.com/body/health-fitness/a41099/poop-meaning/

Always pooping when you enter a bookstore? You're not alone. The Mariko Aoki phenomenon theorizes some people have to poop whenever they smell books.

man smelling a bookSource: https://www.buzzfeed.com/michellerial/does-walking-into-a-bookstore-make-you-want-to-poop

Poop smells bad. That's a given. However, if your poop smells abnormally rancid, you probably shouldn't ignore it as it might be a sign of infection or disease.

smellSource: http://healthtools.aarp.org/health/stools-foul-smelling

If you find a glimmering film of oil in the toilet when you poop, you might have "steatorrhea," a condition of having an excessive amount of fat in your diet.

oil and waterSource: http://www.foodmatters.com/article/what-your-poop-says-about-your-health

If you poop and it feels like you still have to go moments later, it's called an incomplete evacuation, a common sign of constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.

painSource: https://www.verywell.com/what-to-do-for-incomplete-evacuation-1945278

Finding weird food chunks in your poop? You're likely eating too fast and not chewing thoroughly. Slow down and enjoy your food more.

fast foodSource: https://www.verywell.com/what-your-poo-says-about-your-athletic-performance-3993856

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