Welcome Back! Let’s talk some more about poop.
Are you a Floater or a Sinker? Meaning, does your poop hit the bottom of the toilet with a “plunk” or is it all floaty at the top of the bowl?
Optimally, sinking is healthier per Yuri Elkaim, a worldwide health and fitness expert:
A normal, healthy poop should pass easily through the rectum and sink in the water because the contents are dense as compared to the water.
When your poop floats, it means there is too much gas.
That can be caused by changes in your diet or a malabsorption of fat.
But the debate continues because other experts weigh in:
While many sources seem to indicate that sinking poops are preferred, others suggest that floaters are a sign that the diet contains a good amount of fiber. This is because those who eat more fiber, also known as prebiotics, have greater colonies of bacteria in the lower gut. This leads to poop that contains more gases produced by the bacteria. The gases make waste less dense and cause poop to float. – thealternativedaily.com
Floaters are just floating because they contain more gas which is a result from fiber OR you are not absorbing fat properly and are malnourished so you’ve got the floats.
Well, settle down and don’t worry.
IF, you are eating a good amount of fiber (including fruits and veggies) and you’ve got floaters off and on (but not constantly for a 2 week period or longer) then this is not a whole lot to get worried about. However, if you are seeing any of these other symptoms all of a sudden with floaters longer than 2 weeks then check in with your Physician because it may mean you are not absorbing fats properly:
- Can’t lose weight
- Constant hunger
- Low energy
- Dull, dry, flaky skin
- Sensory overload
- Vision problems
- Painful joints
- Poor memory / Brain fog
- Anger / Hostility
- Hormone imbalance
- Gut problems
- Low HCL Cholesterol
Read about this at a more in-depth level when you get a chance:
It’s pretty normal to poop out some floaters here and there. It may be a warning signal if it’s a whole lot along with some of the above. If you are varying your diet and adding in fiber slowly, the floaters should be minimal.
Listen for that plop! It’s a great sign you’ve got a sinker!