Poop that is always very stinky and often floats. Unintentional weight loss. Red stools or black stools that cannot be explained by your diet. These poop colors may signal that you have bleeding in your digestive system, something that can be a symptom of a more serious condition.
Types of abnormal poop
- pooping too often (more than three times daily)
- not pooping often enough (less than three times a week)
- excessive straining when pooping.
- poop that is colored red, black, green, yellow, or white.
- greasy, fatty stools.
- pain when pooping.
- blood in the stool.
- bleeding while passing stool.
You should be concerned if your stools are deep red, maroon, black, or "tarry," especially if they have a noticeable odor. This may mean that there is blood in the stool.
For the most part, poop should be brown. Some of the foods we eat change the color of poop temporarily. But if it's bright red or black, and nothing you've eaten is the culprit, let your doctor know.
Check if you're bleeding from the bottom
- blood on your toilet paper.
- red streaks on the outside of your poo.
- pink water in the toilet bowl.
- blood in your poo or bloody diarrhoea.
- very dark, smelly poo (this can be blood mixed in poo)
Anxiety poop may also be linked to an underlying condition, Eid says. Warning signs to look out for include: blood in your stool. black, tar-colored stool.
Healthy Poop (Stool) Should Sink in the Toilet
Floating stools are often an indication of high fat content, which can be a sign of malabsorption, a condition in which you can't absorb enough fat and other nutrients from the food you're ingesting.
Floating stools are not usually a cause for concern, as they can result from gas being trapped in the stool and from a high fiber diet. However, if the symptom persists, a person may wish to contact a doctor.
It may sound gross, but paying attention to your bowel movements is actually pretty important. Your bowel habits are a strong indicator of your digestive health. Changes in the color, shape and texture of your stool can reveal signs of infection, digestive issues or more serious health problems, such as cancer.
Type 6 is a mushy stool that appears to consist of fluffy pieces with ragged edges, while type 7 is entirely liquid with no solid pieces. These types of stools may suggest a person is experiencing diarrhea, as the stools are loose. They may also be lighter in color.
Sticky stool is usually a sign that your diet needs some adjustment — maybe a little less fat or some more water. But sticky stool can also be a sign of a more serious health concern, such as Crohn's disease.
All shades of brown and even green are considered normal. Only rarely does stool color indicate a potentially serious intestinal condition. Stool color is generally influenced by what you eat as well as by the amount of bile — a yellow-green fluid that digests fats — in your stool.
Normal Poop Color
Poop is normally brown. The color is the result of what you eat and how much bile is in your stool. Bile is a fluid your liver makes to digest fats. It starts out as a yellowish green color.
A poop color that is almost black, dark, or tar-like with a thick consistency may mean there is bleeding in the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. 20 Medical conditions that can cause dark, tar-like stool include duodenal or gastric ulcers, esophageal varices, a Mallory-Weiss tear, and gastritis.
When there is inadequate absorption of fats in the digestive tract, stool contains excess fat and is light-colored, soft, bulky, greasy, and unusually foul-smelling (such stool is called steatorrhea). The stool may float or stick to the side of the toilet bowl and may be difficult to flush away.
If your poop floats, there's a slight chance you have steatorrhea, which means you have too much fat in your poop. Steatorrhea indicates you can't absorb fat properly, and it can be a symptom of the following conditions: Celiac disease.
When an individual is constipated, stool remains in the large intestine too long, giving the intestine more time to absorb water. This dries out the stool and turns it into a large, hard mass that is more difficult to pass. In certain cases, this mass can break apart into smaller lumps of stool, causing pebble poop.
It's perfectly normal for poop to have an unpleasant odor. The smell comes from bacteria in the colon that help break down digested food. Poop may smell different due to changes in your diet.
The healthiest shape for poop is a long cylinder. When poop takes on other shapes, it may indicate something could be going on with your digestive system.
When stool passes in the form of soft blobs with defined edges, it is a slightly loose stool. It is common for individuals who have bowel movements two to three times a day. This form of bowel movement usually follows major meals of the day. Soft blob-shaped poop quickly passes without any strain or effort.
Type 5, 6 and 7 are watery poops, more commonly referred to as diarrhea. Type 5 is described by the Bristol chart as 'Soft blobs with clear-cut edges (easy to pass). ' This one's not too bad, but it's not great either! Much like type 1 and two, these poops are a warning that you need to get more fibre in your diet.
Constipation. Constipation may be caused by a low fiber diet and lack of fluids. Fiber adds bulk to stool, increasing its size. If you don't eat enough fiber or drink enough fluids, stool loses its bulk and may become thin and stringy.
Anxiety has a strong affect on the gut, and ultimately the bowel. Anxiety can both speed up AND slow down intestinal movements. Several issues indirectly related to anxiety can also cause stool problems. Different types of bowel problems warrant different treatments.