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What It Means When Your Poop Floats

September 05, 2015 2 min read

We know that talking about what happens in the bathroom isn't exactly easy. You may have a whole host of questions that you're afraid to ask. And who exactly do you ask anyway? Unless you have your GP on speed dial, my guess is that your questions go unanswered. It is fairly common knowledge that the appearance of your poops can say a lot about your health. Some issues in your bowel movements are no big deal and can be attributed to what you ate but sometimes, it is a sign of something more serious. So, have you found yourself wondering what it means when your poop floats? “Most of the time it’s normal,” says Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant clinical professor of gastroenterology at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. “But it could be a signal that something is starting to brew. Normally, stool is a solid thing—and it shouldn’t really float or stick to the toilet.” floating poop If you are noticing floating poops, your diet is likely the culprit. Insoluble fibers, like bran or foods that can cause gas, like starches or artificial sweeteners are hard for the body to digest and may impact the quality of your poop. These foods can cause your stool to contain excess gas which makes it float. Being lactose intolerant or gluten intolerant are also reasons you may notice floating poops. If you do have these intolerances, your floaters are likely caused by a random poor diet choice. Once you've returned to eating normally, your poops should go back to normal as well. But not all floating poop is caused by innocuous reasons. Henry Binder, M.D., professor emeritus at Yale School of Medicine says that your poop may be floating because it contains fat which is a sign that your body isn't processing nutrients correctly known as malabsorption. If you are trying to figure out what is making your poop float, Sonpal recommends trying an elimination diet. Remove one or two foods that may be causing excess gas until it stops. “Most of the time, a simple change in diet can go a long way,” he says. If an elimination diet doesn't solve things, it may be a case of malabsorption and you should have things checked out by your doctor. I know my questions have been answered. How about yours? Source: Women's Health Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_107450" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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