Home // Men’s Health Tips // Eat Healthier // The Men’s Guide to Healthy Poop

The Men’s Guide to Healthy Poop

by | Oct 15, 2020 | Eat Healthier | 0 comments

Reading Time: ( Word Count: )

As this blog post shows, the ABCs of pee are key! But there’s also plenty to gain from being No. 1 in the No. 2 business.

When it comes to toilet time, it’s important to note that the shape, size and colour of your poop. It is also important to follow the frequency of deposits at the porcelain bank since this can help you gauge your digestive health and even tell you when it’s time to see your doctor. Bowel movements, after all, are what happens when your body takes the nutrients it needs from food and shows the leftovers the back door. When these leftovers vary from the norm, it could be time to take action.

So, what exactly should men be looking for in a healthy poop? Read on!

Healthy poop colour

First of all, why are turds brown? Turns out they’re coloured by bile, a digestive liquid secreted by the liver. Food that takes the usual three days to get from mouth to toilet is typically brown, and if it’s extra speedy — owing to factors such as lots of fibre in your diet — it could come out looking greenish. Leprechaun poop is nothing to worry about. However, if your logs look extra light or dark, it could be a sign of trouble and you should visit your doctor if it continues.

Healthy poop shape

A healthy poop should look smooth (like a sausage or a snake), slip out easily, and hold the shape even when flushed.

When your poop comes out as hard, round balls, or is watery, that’s when it’s trying to tell you something’s up.

How to deal with constipation

Small, hard, pellet-like poops are typical of constipation. Suppose you normally go once or twice a day but feel bloated and uncomfortable after three days without relief. In that case, it could mean that your fibre intake has decreased, you’re not drinking enough water, you’ve become less physically active, or you’re taking painkillers or iron supplements. Address these causes, and you’ll probably get relief in a day or two.

What to do for diarrhea

Loose, overly frequent dumps may be caused by something you ate, or by a bacterial or viral infection. If these are the causes, symptoms should go away within 48 hours. Remember to drink extra water, as persistent diarrhea can lead to dehydration. In any case, symptoms lasting more than a few days should be brought to your doctor’s attention, as they could be signs of the widespread irritable bowel syndrome or other more serious conditions. It’s also important to note that diarrhea is a sign of COVID. You can use this online assessment to see if you need to go in and get tested.

How often should you poop?

There’s no “normal” rate of launching a butt shuttle. Some men launch several times a day, others just a few times a week. It’s when your launch routine changes drastically or causes discomfort that you need to take action.

Does healthy poop float or sink?

Healthy poop should sink. However, It’s okay if the occasional log is a floater. It could be that you have too much gas, have eaten too much fibre or fat, or, are not absorbing nutrients properly. However, if all your poops are floaters, you will want to have a chat with your doc about it since it could be an indication of something more serious.

There you go: all you ever wanted to know about dropping the kids off at the pool.

Do you have a savvy tip for staying regular? Share it with your buds in the comment below!

This blog was originally published on February 3, 2016.

Are you trying to get a handle on your health? If so, we’ve got your back!

Download the free “Men’s Maintenance Guide” ebook right now.

Filed under: Eat Healthier

<a href="https://dontchangemuch.ca/author/adam/" target="_self">Adam Bisby</a>

Adam Bisby

Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. He’s been covering men’s health for over 20 years. As well as researching and blogging for Don’t Change Much since 2015, Adam’s award-winning work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and National Post newspapers.

Do You Like This Blog?

As a national charity, we depend on your donations to provide our services to Canadians. Every contribution counts.

Let’s Talk!

Did you enjoy this article? Let us know in the comments.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our comments are moderated and are made live after they’ve been reviewed. If you disagree with anything in the article or comments please do let us know, but be polite so we can have a constructive discussion where everyone has the opportunity to learn.

More From

Eat Healthier

Are Your Leftovers Giving You Diarrhea?

Are Your Leftovers Giving You Diarrhea?

You know those times you’re not quite sure how long your leftovers have been sitting in the fridge? Well, sorry to inform you, bud, but the sniff test just won’t cut it. Let’s talk about how a few simple tips can prevent you from getting food poisoning from your...

Eat Healthier

You are what you eat. That’s why healthy foods make you a strong, happy, and healthy guy. It’s also why this website is jammed with everything from snack tips and brown-bag lunch ideas to crowd-pleasing recipes and easy ways to be a boss in the kitchen.

Guy’s Guide to Roasting Veggies

A guy walks into a doctor’s office with carrots stuck in both ears and a brussels sprout jammed up against one nostril. "Doc, this is terrible!” he cries. “What's wrong with me?” "First of all,” the doctor replies, “you need to eat more sensibly.”...

Pin It on Pinterest