In 2010, I wrote a post that's quickly become one of my most popular: What the Colour of your Poo Says About You. Due to the popularity of this post and also because I recently finished writing the chapter on digestion in my book I thought it was high time I write a follow up that delves deeper into your poop.
Just like your eyes are the window to your beautiful soul, your poop is the window to the health of your digestive system. Your gut provides you with signs and symptoms such as constipation and heartburn when things are off, so when your poop's a little off, it's actually telling you a lot about your digestive system.
In holistic nutrition and traditional medicine, your digestive system is the root of your health (and where many disease states begin). So listen up to what it's telling you!
Disclaimer: If you get queasy or grossed out easily, you might not want to read this post.
Okay now let's talk poop!
If your poop leaves a skid mark in the toilet after flushing because it's sticky, it's likely because you have too much mucus. The two most common mucus forming foods are dairy and wheat gluten.
This is a common problem with people who are obese, making fat loss essential for healthy poop.
I don't need to go into further detail but generally speaking heavy meat-eaters have seriously stinky poop. This is a sign of an acidic body, excess of yeast and a weak digestive system indicating there is likely putrefying and rotting matter in your large intestines. All of these problems are likely due to a poor diet and stress. This may also indicate more serious conditions such as celiac disease and Crohn's, so be sure to pay attention to when this happens and how often.
Rabbit Poop that Plops
This is usually from dehydration which makes you constipated. If you are constipated, then your liver is going to be congested. This is also from eating too many white foods lacking fibre: white rice, white bread, white pasta, sugar.
Greasy Poop (usually combined with skid marks)
This is really common sign of a liver imbalance and a poor diet from eating fast food.
Race Car Poop
Either you are SUPER TYPE A and spend no time chilling out (you know, the classic overachiever constantly in sympathetic nervous system-mode) or you drink too many stimulants -- coffee? Black tea? Red Bull? So your poop evacuates like it's on a mission to the finish line.
Mucus in your poop
This is likely due to inflammation and/or excess yeast.
The Oil slick (similar to greasy poop)
If your poop looks like an oil spill in the toilet, pay attention! You are not emulsifying your fats effectively. Translation? You need to give your liver and gall bladder some lovin'.
BEFORE YOU GET PARANOID AND THINK SOMETHING IS WRONG, PLEASE NOTE:
Changes in the color, consistency, and frequency of your bowel movements is completely normal from time to time. Your diet and level of stress will immediately impact your digestion which will be visible going out the other end. As well, this advice is NOT meant to treat or diagnose. Please visit your doctor or qualified practitioner for advice or getting your poop in order.
I really hope all this information helps you better understand what's going on with your body. There is a natural solution to every single digestive problem you may experience. The key is to listen to your body instead of suppressing the symptoms with medications or simply ignoring it.
Here's to joyous poops!