Knowing some things about your bowel movements will give you more insight into your gastrointestinal health. Bowel movements occur after your body takes the nutrients from the food you eat and eliminates the remains.

How well do you know your stool?

Most people never look behind them in the toilet, but a quick glimpse at your stool can show you if there’s a problem with your health.

Textures of poop

Separate hard lumps

This is a sign that you should drink more water and consume more fruit and vegetables.

Sausage shaped poop, smooth and soft

This is a sign of a good stool.

All liquid poop

This is otherwise known as diarrhea, which is probably caused by an infection. Drink more fluids to stay hydrated.

Sausage-shaped, lumpy poop

Although it isn’t anything serious, you should add more fiber and fluids in your diet.

Soft blobs with clear-cut edges

Visiting the bathroom for “number 2” several times a day is considered normal.

Sausage shaped poop with cracks on the surface

This is not a sign of something serious, but we suggest drinking more water.

Fluffy poop with ragged edges, mushy stool

This stool is normal, but on its way to become diarrhea.

Soft and sticks to the side of the bowl

This occurs due to high oil consumption, with the body unable to absorb fats properly.

Shades of poop


Brown is the normal color of poop and means that you’re doing just fine.


Eating too much leafy green veggies or green food coloring might make your poop green, so try to reduce their intake.


Yellow poop is a sign of excess fat in the body, and occurs due to malabsorption or celiac disease.


Black stool is never a good sign – it might be a case of internal bleeding or something more serious. Visit a doctor immediately after noticing it.

Light colored poop (white or clay-colored)

This may be a sign of bile duct obstruction. It’s probably caused by some medication you’re on – visit a doctor just to be sure of the cause.

Blood stained, red poop

If there’s blood in your poop it can be a sign of cancer. Visit a doctor immediately!

Quick poop facts

The food you consume needs 1-3 days to end up in your poop. Poop is actually a combination of bacteria, undigested food, mucus and dead cells. When healthy, your poop should sink slowly into water.

How much should you poop?

Usually, people go once or twice to poop every day and that is considered normal.

How to keep your poop healthy?

In case of stool problems, you should increase your intake of dietary fiber. Proper hydration is also important, so try to drink the recommended amount of water every day (6-8 glasses). If you notice your poop being out of the ordinary, you should visit a doctor to ensure that it’s not something serious.