What Does The Color Of My Poop Mean?

(What The Color and Consistency of Your Poop Says About Your Health!)

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Well color me poopy!

What does the color of your POO say about YOU!

Poo Doctor here to talk about the chic color that your poo should be this season and the other colors I hope you avoid.

Brown is the new brown and it’s the old brown, too.

What I’m trying to say is… your poo should be brown.

But what does it mean if your poop is black, green, white, red, or yellow?

It’s all about the B word: bilirubin! See it starts with- Ah poop, I’m out of time here but click on the link below to see what the color of your POO says about YOU!

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Poop. Stool. Number 2. Whatever word or phrase you use to refer to bowel movements, two things are clear.  We ALL do it and our poops are not always easy or regular or pleasant for us — or for those around us.

Here’s what the poo doctor has to say!

If you’ve ever wondered what your stool color means, or been concerned about color changes or the foul smelling odor of your stool, or suffer from constipation, diarrhea, or other bathroom woes, you’ve come to the right place.

In this guide, we’ll discuss everything you ever wanted to know about poop but might have been afraid to ask.

Let’s start with the basics. What is poop?

What Is Poop?

Your stool is composed of water, undigested fiber, living and dead bacteria, mucous, cells, and other substances produced by the intestines and liver.

These are waste products left over from digestion that can be toxic to the body unless removed by your bowel movements.

Stool Fun Facts

  • Approximately 75% of your stool is made up of water. (The exactly amount of water varies from person to person.) 1
  • There is an estimated 100 billion bacteria per 1 gram of wet stool. Research indicates that nearly half of bacteria in fresh stool are alive. 2
  • Stool gets its brown color from bile released from the gallbladder during digestion of fats and from bilirubin, a yellowish compound derived from red blood cells.
  • Normal poop color varies widely and ranges from light yellow to dark brown to black.

What Is Normal Poop?

What constitutes normal poop can vary, but there are a few medically accepted standards.

Color

The normal “healthy” poop color is brown, but stool color can vary depending upon several factors that we’ll discuss shortly.

Fun fact: Foods eaten can temporarily change poop color.

Shape

Healthy stool is roundish with a log-like appearance.

Fun Fact: Stool is shaped and molded by the intestines. As a result, normal poop is log-shaped.

Size

The typical healthy stool is at least a couple inches in length and passes easily without pushing or straining.

Fun fact: The size of your stool is directly related to the amount of fiber and water you consume. Fiber adds bulk to the stool and bacterial fermentation of this fiber creates a gel that holds your stool together. 3

Consistency

Consistency of stool should be firm but smooth. It should not be difficult or painful to push out or so soft it breaks apart.

Fun Fact: Stress or anxiety can change the consistency of stool, most often leading to constipation or diarrhea. 4

Frequency

The frequency of bowel movements vary widely from person to person. The average frequency is between 3 times a day and once every 3 days. But this is very general. 5

Fun Fact: The frequency of doing “number 2” is pretty consistent for most people. For example, if you poop once a day in the morning, that will likely remain your routine with little variation. (Though this can sometimes change due to diet and other factors.) 6

To find out if your poops are “normal,” simply compare it to the ones pictured on the Bristol Stool Chart.

What Is The Bristol Stool Chart?

This chart was created in 1997 by a team of doctors in Bristol, England. The doctors measured the time it takes for food to exit the body via stool, and noted that this transit time impacts the size and shape of the stool and therefore indicates the health of the digestive system. 7

Using this chart, medical professionals can quickly determine the probable health of a patient’s digestive system simply by having the patient point to the applicable picture. From there, the clinician can decide whether further testing is warranted.

The chart shows a series of stool pictures of various sizes and shapes. Each is assigned a number from 1-7.

  • Type 1: Separate hard lumps.
  • Type 2: Lumpy, resembling a sausage
  • Type 3: Sausage shaped with visible cracks on the surface
  • Type 4: Sausage or snake shaped; smooth and easy to pass
  • Type 5: Soft blobs with clear-cut edges
  • Type 6: Mushy consistency with ragged edges
  • Type 7: Liquid consistency, no solid pieces

Types 1 and 2 indicate mild to severe constipation, and types 5, 6 and 7 indicate mild to severe diarrhea. The ideal “healthy” stool is types 3 and 4, smooth and easy to pass.

The size and shape of stool tells only part of the story. Stool color and any unexplained color changes are also important in monitoring the health of your digestive system.

Poop Color: What It Means and When To Worry

Color changes of stool are very common and do not necessarily signal a serious issue with your digestive tract. But it is important to know the possible reasons why your stool color has changed and when to see a doctor.

According to the Mayo Clinic, all shades of brown and even green stool color are considered normal. 8

Some of the reasons for a change in stool color include: 9

  • A diet that includes foods like leafy green vegetables or beets are known to change stool color to a shade of green or red, respectively. (Consuming an excessive amount of leafy green vegetables often leads to green poop.)
  • Some prescription, over-the-counter medications, and dietary supplements may promote changes in the color of stool.
  • Diarrhea may give you a green stool color because there is a lack of bile in your stool. Such color changes often happen when food moves through the large intestine too quickly to be completely broken down by bile. Bile is a yellow-green fluid produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Bile breaks down fats into fatty acids so that it can be digested.
  • Conditions that affect the intestines, liver, and pancreas. Celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and Crohn’s disease can cause changes in stool color. (Celiac disease is known for causing yellow stool.) 10
  • Blood in the stool caused by bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract

Here are a list of color changes in stool with an explanation of what they may indicate. 11

Green Stool

As previously mentioned green stool color is often a symptom of a lack of bile in the stool as usually occurs with diarrhea. Green poop may also be caused by the foods you eat. In either case, green stool color is usually nothing to worry about. However, if you cannot associate your green-colored poop with diarrhea or with anything you’ve eaten, you should contact your medical doctor.

Clay Colored Stool

Clay colored or light stool could be a sign of bile duct obstruction and may warrant a call to your doctor. But clay colored stool may also be caused by anti-diarrhea medications, such as Pepto-Bismol. If you notice light or clay colored stool, schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider.

Yellow, Greasy, Foul Smelling Stool

Yellow, greasy, or foul smelling stool could be a sign of excess fat in the poop, as occurs with Celiac disease and Cystic Fibrosis.

Black Stool

Black stool may be a sign of bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract, i.e. the stomach. This is a medical emergency. If you notice black stool, seek prompt medical attention. The good news is that this color doesn’t always indicate blood in the stool. Iron supplements, anti-diarrhea medication, and black licorice may also cause this stool color change.

Maroon Stool

Maroon stool color may indicate gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding and you should go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. 12

Bright Red Stool

Bright red stool is associated with bleeding in the lower intestinal tract, i.e. the rectum or the large intestine. Bright red stool is often a sign of hemorrhoids. But it can also signal anal fissure, infection of the intestines, or the presence of an inflammatory bowel disease. If you notice a red stool color, seek prompt medical attention.

When To Get Help For Poop Color Changes

Any time you notice persistent color changes in your poop, contact your medical doctor. If you notice a black or red stool color, it’s best to go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

What Is An Unhealthy Poop?

Stool color combined with the Bristol Stool Chart can tell you a lot about the health of your digestive tract.

What constitutes unhealthy poops can vary widely person to person, but in general unhealthy poops include:

  • Color changes in your stool. Any color other than brown or green may signal a problem with your digestive tract and you should call seek medical attention.
  • Pooping too often, i.e. more than three times daily.
  • Not pooping often enough, i.e. less than three times a week
  • Excessive straining and/or pain when pooping, indicating constipation
  • Loose stool. Whatever the stool color may be, stool that is watery, mushy, or shapeless is a symptom of diarrhea.

3 Main Causes Of Unhealthy Poops

There are many reasons why the color and consistency of your poop may be abnormal. Here are three of the main reasons:

Diet

Routinely eating a poor quality diet composed mainly of low-fiber heavily processed carbs and sugar is a common cause of unhealthy poops and digestive issues. There are a couple reasons for this.

Your digestive system needs dietary fiber to keep food moving through your intestines to trap and removing waste. This supports healthy regular bowel movements as dietary fiber adds bulk to poop, making it easier to pass. Adding fiber to your diet can also soothe diarrhea as fiber absorbs water and firms up the stool.

But there is an even more important reason to add fiber to your diet. Fiber feeds the good bacteria in your gut. Research indicates that digestive health as well as overall health depends upon the richness and diversity of bacteria and other microbes living in your gut. A precise balance of good and bad bacteria in your digestive tract is essential to health.

Digestive conditions associated with unbalanced gut bacteria (dysbiosis) include: postbiotics gut bacteria

  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Celiac disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • And more.

When bacteria eat (ferment) fiber in the lower colon, they excrete powerful postbiotic metabolites that many experts believe may be responsible for the many health benefits commonly attributed to probiotics.

One particular postbiotic metabolite, butyrate, is a short-chain fatty acid that multiple studies suggest may offer a host of health benefits. 13

Without an adequate daily intake of fiber, the good bacteria cannot thrive. If you regularly eat low-fiber, heavily processed carbs and sugars — heavily processed foods are almost always devoid of fiber — you starve the good bacteria and feed the bad bacteria. Believe it or not, bacteria have food preferences.

Stress

Excessive stress kills good bacteria and can lead to gut dysbiosis with all the negative digestive and health effects that implies. It can also shut down the digestive system and lead to constipation, or cause food to move too quickly through the digestive tract, leading to diarrhea.

Underlying Issues

Many underlying issues affecting digestive organs can indicate serious conditions, such as gallbladder disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or colorectal cancer. (Gastrointestinal disorders have become increasingly common, and they almost always affect the quality of your poops.)Food allergies and sensitivity to certain foods may also cause unhealthy poops.

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References

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2- Ben-Amor K, Heilig H, Smidt H, Vaughan EE, Abee T, de Vos WM. Genetic diversity of viable, injured, and dead fecal bacteria assessed by fluorescence-activated cell sorting and 16S rRNA gene analysis. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2005;71(8):4679-4689. doi:10.1128/AEM.71.8.4679-4689.2005

3- Wong C. What Causes Hard, Small, and Pellet-Like Stool. Verywell Health. Updated on Jun 17, 2020. Accessed Feb 25, 2021.

4- Abraham M. Anxiety Issues and Bowel Problems. CalmClinic. Last updated Nov 25, 2020. Accessed Feb 25, 2021. https://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/symptoms/bowel-problems

5- Bratskeir K. How Often Should You Poop a Week? A Doctor Weighs In. Health. Updated Feb  25, 2021. Accessed Feb 25, 2021. https://www.health.com/condition/digestive-health/how-often-should-you-poop

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7- WebMD Medical Reference. What Kind of Poop Do I Have? Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on Jan 16, 2020. Accessed Feb 25, 2021.

8- Picco M. Stool Color: When to Worry. Mayo Clinic. Oct 10, 2020. Accessed Feb 25, 2021. https://www.mayoclinic.org/stool-color/expert-answers/faq-20058080

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What Are 7 types of poop?

  • Type 1: Separate hard lumps, like nuts (difficult to pass and can be black)
  • Type 2: Sausage-shaped, but lumpy
  • Type 3: Like a sausage but with cracks on its surface (can be black)
  • Type 4: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft (average stool)
  • Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges
  • Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool (diarrhea)
  • Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces, entirely liquid (diarrhea)

Types of poop one encounters is categorized by the Bristol Stool Chart. This chart is a generalized indicator of how or why different types of poops look and feel a certain way. The 7 types of poop are broken up into categories based on a 2,000-person study!

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Bristol Stool Scale
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Does your poo look this good? If you have Bristol Type 3 or 4 – your poop is considered “normal”!  Bristol Type 1 or 2, is where the poop is hard and difficult to pass, are indicative of constipation. Often, these types of stool can be painful to pass – but don’t worry – Doctor Poo has a recommended healthy-gut switch solution…just keep reading!

 Should you ever worry about your poop?

Always consult your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about what your poop means. People are asked to call their health care providers if: They experience severe levels of abdominal pain or discomfort with diarrhea that does not go away when you poop or fart. Also, if diarrhea is accompanied by fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, chills, vomiting, or fainting, call your physician immediately.

What is an unhealthy poop?

An unhealthy poop is when one poops too often (hence, your doctor asking you if you poop more than three times daily) or not pooping often enough (As such, less than three times a week) and also excessive straining when pooping. Poop that is colored red, black, green, yellow, or white. greasy, or fatty stools is unhealthy.

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