An often humorous subject can reveal a lot about health

Knowing what to look for in your poop can give clues to potential health issues.


For us humans, the comings and goings to the toilet are an extremely private thing, even if it’s a common bodily function. Indeed, pooping habits don’t infiltrate dinner conversations and they are performed in a totally covert manner.

Go ahead and giggle, but No. 2 is no laughing matter unless you’re a kid and toilet humor is a totally hilarious subject. Let’s face it, some don’t even have to be an adolescent to find it entertaining or amusing. 

But seriously, when it comes to our bowels and their movements, they are pretty much disregarded unless of course there is an issue. All of us try to be as regular as possible with our pooping bouts because not being regular creates discomfort and without expelling waste we can’t survive.

As adults, we have a tendency not to have open conversations regarding the brevity or length of our pooping forays into the restroom. No one will admit that sitting on the throne is embraced by some as their only private and quiet time to catch up with the news or reading material. And for others, it’s a done deal not lingering any more than necessary. Pooping is a very personal thing.

Yet, any medical professional will suggest you become acquainted with fecal fundamentals. Being aware of what your poop looks like is equally as important as going to the bathroom daily.

OK, so let’s talk poop because now is a good time to get poo acquainted. So don’t go eewww and become overly disgusted; knowledge is power and most humans are unaware that our poop can divulge a lot about one’s health, which is directly linked to your eating habits.

Considering we aren’t dietary magicians, we don’t really know what diet yields the best poop. But knowing what to look for can delineate any potential ongoing diseases or health issues that can then be addressed by your doctor.

Here are the seven types of poo, what they indicate and look like according to Medical News Today and Web MD

Type 1: Little pellets that look like Roger Rabbit took a poop in your toilet and it could be dark almost black in color (constipation)

Type 2: Small little sausages — that are a bit bigger than the previous pellets and it can be lumpy (mild constipation)

Type 3: Appearance of a sausage, with cracks and could be also very dark, almost black color (Healthy and normal)

Type 4: Sausage, log-shaped and it’s easy to pass (healthy and normal)

Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges (lacking fiber) 

Type 6: Almost watery with some substance (mild diarrhea) 

Type 7: Liquid in form without any substance (diarrhea) 

Type 1 and 2 display constipation and denote a lack of fiber and hydration. You need to drink plenty of water and have more fiber added to your diet.

Type 3 and 4 denote you’re a healthy specimen and your intestinal tract is in ship shape. 

Type 5, 6 and 7 are unhealthy with 6 and 7 having too much liquid and if it’s not a temporary situation, it has to be addressed by your doctor. 

Additionally, healthy poop sinks to the bottom of the toilet. And on the opposite spectrum, floating excrement denotes that your body isn’t absorbing enough nutrients from food, and you have too much fat in your diet, so cut back on that.

The other matter that should be closely monitored is the color. We’re not talking 50 Shades of Gray here, only five. But it has to be taken just as seriously. 

Large amounts of plants and vegetables (raw or cooked) feed gut bacteria and they are essential for making your excrement healthy.  

Brown — Any shade denotes healthy poop.

Black — Iron, red wine and licorice can make your poop black or it might be a sign of bleeding. 

Green — A greenish tinge is OK – which denotes healthy doses of veggie intake. Antibiotics or iron are present as well and might cause your stool to turn green.

Red — Reddish poop can be the cause of eating anything that has red dyes. Beets are one of the main causes of red poo as well as tomato soup. However, keep a close eye, because red could indicate blood in your stool and that needs to be addressed by your doctor. 

Yellow — This is a common shade for babies, as breastfeeding causes yellow poop. However, in an adult, it delineates typically smelly and greasy poo, and you should be telling your doctor as well. 

Another question frequently asked is how often should daily poop bouts occur? The normal quota is three or four times a day as your body needs to expel the waste because all the nutrients from food have been absorbed.

Now that we’ve covered the fundamentals of poop, please don’t cower away from paying attention. Poop is a serious business.