why do some turds float and others sink

Anaconda action. Backing the big brown motorhome out of the garage. Curling one out. Dropping the kids off at the pool. Exorcising the demon. Feeding the toilet. Giving back the corn. Heaving ho. Prairie dogging. Laying a brick. Making butt coffee. Putting your thoughts on paper. Releasing the hounds. Scatter bombing. Turtle necking. Waking Winnie the Pooh. If you have no idea what I m talking about yet, it s poo. Poo comes in many shapes, sizes, colours and densities but one thing that has never been consistent when I ve looked down at my mud babies are the floaters and the sinkers. Which in turn got me thinking, why does some poo sink and some poo float? I don t have the answer. And when I asked my friends they didn t really know either. So, one of those extremely weird afternoons on Google happened. But now I do know and I plan on sharing that with you now. A man taking a picture of a few poos, likely sinkers. Credit:
The first thing to know is that how your poo behaves once it has settled in the toilet bowl can actually say quite a lot about your health and general well-being. Poo, despite what you might think, is actually around 75% water - the rest is just fibre, dead and live bacteria and mucus. Some foods are easily broken down during digestion and turn into poo while other foods, like carrots, are harder to digest and that s why sometimes when you dare look in the bowl at what you ve just done you can still see what you had for dinner.


The perfect poop is actually an S-shape according to Mehmet Oz, MD, (who you might recognise from The Dr. Oz Show). To get that perfect log-style poop shape, you have to eat loads of fibre. If you don t, it s more likely to come out pebbly or in bits. And if it comes out pencil thin, you might want to go and get yourself checked because that s one sign of possible rectal cancer. , shitting to a routine is more important than shitting regularly - whether it s every morning or every two days, so long as the routine is regular, you re all good. Poop expert and owner of DrStool. com, Anish Sheth MD. Credit: Princeton University But the crux of my search was to find out why some poo floats and some poo sinks? As you can probably imagine, a lot is down to diet. Poo should sink. A healthy poo will fall out of you and drop to the bottom of the bowl awaiting the flush that will take it to its final resting place. A floating poo shouldn t cause you concern but in some cases might need to be checked out. Floating shits are caused by either gas or your body not absorbing nutrients as it should.


Sometimes your floater will simply be because you ve had too many beans, cabbage or apples or drank too much milk and soft drinks. That ll be the gas. Sometimes your floater will simply be because whatever you ve eaten has shot through you too quickly coming out a bit greasy and definitely smellier than usual. That ll be the body not absorbing the nutrients. Apparently this is caused by infections in your gut that go away in time and don t need treatment. A train leaving a tunnel, much like a poo leaving you. Credit: However, and there s a big however, some diseases cause floating shit and you should at least be wary of them. Celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, short bowel syndrome and rare genetic diseases like Bassen-Kornzweig syndrome and biliary atresia all cause floaters. But you only really need to go and see your doctor if it persists for around two weeks. In order to prevent floating stools, you just need to check your diet. Next time you release a floater, think about what you ve eaten recently and then if you give birth to another one next time you have that type of food, just avoid those foods in future. Simple as that, really. And that, lads and ladies, is why some poo floats and some poo sinks.


I ve been enlightened. I hope you have, too. Words by I have a B. S in nutrition and a Doctorate in Naturopathic medicine. This question actually needs a slightly complicated answer. So here we go. There are two main reasons why your feces will float. 1) You have a fat malabsorption problem, which can be anything from Crohn s disease to gallbladder or pancreatic problems) or you have a terribly diet full of fatty foods. If it is pale or clay colored, this would indicate gallbladder or liver problems. If it s greasy and leaves film on the toilet, you could have digestive system problems and therefore may be deficient in fat soluble vitamins like Vit A, D and E. Vitamin deficiencies can cause disease in other body systems like the eyes and skin. 2) You eat lots of fiber and have a healthy diet. Your stool would be brown, not offensively odorous, and well-formed For the most part, if it floats, doesn t smell bad and it brown, you are probably OK. If it floats and is clay colored, greasy, black, and/or offensively odorous or very different from your normal stool then you should see someone either a nutritionist, naturopath, or gastroenterologist depending on the severity of your symptoms. Edit: For the people who think I m making this all up.

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