Pooping 101: 4 Signs Your Poop Is Healthy

by Jordan Reasoner

Man in suit wearing gas mask reading newspaper on the toilet

You wouldn’t believe some of the poop pictures people email us.

I’ll spare you the details, but I’ve seen more poop selfies from people to last a lifetime. Our team started putting disclaimers on these emails so we didn’t open them while eating ha ha.

But in all seriousness, I’m very happy these people are actually using their poop as a troubleshooting tool. Many people don’t (or won’t), because talking about poop can be very weird in today’s culture.

But if we’re honest about it we can learn a lot from our poop. If we actually stop and take a look in the toilet bowl, our poop can be a very real indication of our health on a regular basis.

Your Poop is Whispering to You

We all poop. It’s one of the few reminders we get about our health on a (hopefully) daily basis, and yet most don’t pay much attention to it. But the truth is: if you’re not pooping right, it could be a subtle clue from your body that something is going wrong.

You’re probably spending a lot of time and energy to consume healthy, real food. But are you digesting it well? Are you breaking it down and absorbing all of the nutrients? The quality of your poop is a direct indication of how well your digestive tract is functioning.

If you’re poop isn’t healthy, your digestive tract is either moving too slow or too fast… which can lead to an increased risk of conditions like neurological disease, autoimmune disease and chronic inflammatory conditions.

Not only that, recent research suggests that your brain and the good bacteria in your gut communicate directly with one another influencing your mood, immune system, and inflammation levels (1) (2) (3).

There’s also good short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) in your colon, which have anti-inflammatory effects and increase insulin sensitivity (4).

Think of your poop like the check engine light in your car. We all hate it when that turns on, but it’s important. Your engine might need something simple like a new air filter… or it could be 2 miles before everything blows up. If you don’t do something about it, you could get stranded on the side of the road with a huge repair bill.

BUT… if you’re pooping well it could be a good sign your body is doing well and on the way to good health.

Is Your Poop Healthy?

There are four keys to a perfect poop. If you’ve ever had one… you know what we’re talking about. But if you’re not sure, take this poop assessment and see where you stack up.

1. Does your poop look like a snake?

The most important part of a healthy poop is the quality, so you need to start looking down and see what’s really going on in the toilet. Thankfully, the folks at the University of Bristol published a study in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, gifting us with the Bristol Stool Chart (5).

Here it is:

Bristol Stool Chart

Where does your most recent BM stack up? Anything between a Bristol 1-3 is considered constipated, while 6’s and 7’s are considered diarrhea.

What this means: A healthy poop is “like a sausage or a snake, smooth and soft.” If your poops aren’t looking 4-ish, it could be trying to tell you something (like you have low stomach acid).

2. How often are you pooping?

Everyone is different, but the research agrees we should all poop every day. The range of healthy is typically 1-3 times a day, and it can vary day-to-day. Poop is waste and you need to get rid of it every day to make sure that you’re properly removing toxins. Some people even have bowel movements every time they eat.

What this means: If you find yourself pooping a couple times a week, you’re probably constipated. If you’re going 5+ times a day, you’re on the diarrhea side of things. Both could pose serious health risks over the long term.

3. How easy is it to poop?

It’s so normal in our culture to take a newspaper to the bathroom and spend 30 minutes in there battling it out with your poop. But the reality is a healthy poop should only take but a few minutes. It should be easy. Pushing typically leads to hemorrhoids, which are all too common today.

What this means: Normal poop strikes a balance between not having to push or strain, but also not having so much urgency you can barely hold it. If you’re spending 10+ minutes on the toilet or running to make it just in time, you’re not having healthy bowel movements.

4. Did you get it all out?

For some people this is a non-issue… but part of a healthy poop is having what’s called “full evacuation.” Are you getting all your poop out when you sit down? Do you have to keep coming back over and over again? Or do you feel like there’s always something left behind making you feel uncomfortable?

What this means: A healthy poop is a complete one. If you never quite feel empty, then you’re not having healthy bowel movements.

3 Tips to Improve Your Poop

If your poop isn’t normal based on the quiz above, we know your digestive health isn’t what it should be. So, here’s a few tips to improve your digestive health and get closer to perfect poops.

1. Avoid the 4 Horsemen

The biggest problem we see with people eating a real food diet, like Paleo, SCD, WAPF, or GAPS, is when they’re still not pooping well. There could be a lot of different root causes behind that, but the first place to start troubleshooting is the “4 horsemen.” These are the 4 most common foods that are allowed, but cause a lot of problems. They are dairy, nuts/nut flours, eggs, and too much fruit/honey.

If you’re someone who’s struggling with constipation or diarrhea, you need to start troubleshooting your diet first. The most important thing you can do is listen to what your poop is telling you and continue to make changes and improve the food you’re eating. Removing the four horsemen can sometimes transform people’s poop overnight.

2. Eat Good Bugs

Our gut has a TON of bacteria, and a healthy gut flora is critical for healthy poop.

Consume good bugs every single day. Start with foods like sauerkraut, kimchi or water kefir and see how well you tolerate them. A high quality probiotic, like Prescript Assist, is one supplement that can also boost the immune system in the gut and improve digestive health. To learn more about probiotics, go here.

3. Eat More Fat (And Take Digestive Enzymes)

Fat has a direct impact on peristalsis… the waves our bodies make to get rid of poop. Fat can be extremely helpful for people who are constipated. Increase your healthy fats from sources like coconut oil, animal fat, olive oil, and fermented cod liver oil.

However, increasing healthy fats can sometimes make diarrhea worse, which is why we recommend starting out with a good digestive enzyme (brands in this video). They contain Lipase, which is the enzyme that can help digest healthy fats.

If you aren’t having healthy poops right now, try these three changes for 30 days and see how you feel. The best part about poop is that it keeps giving you feedback, so you have regular signs of whether these changes are helping or not.

If you’ve tried all of this but you’re still in need of next level support, then register for our webinar on how to tune into your body to understand what it needs to work better:

Stop Ignoring Your Body: How Subtle Clues are Telling You Exactly What to Do Next…

Here are just a few things we’ll show you on the webinar:

  • How to decode your poop to know exactly what’s broken
  • Why cramping is a dead giveaway and the specific steps you need to follow for relief
  • If gas is normal and what it means if you’re not healing
  • How to quickly come up with THE RIGHT TWEAK to stop nagging symptoms fast, through our “hot seat” tweaking sessions
  • How to understand the subtle clues from your body so deeply that your next steps will become obvious

We even share a quick at-home test you can try immediately if you’re having stomach pain and our bonus 5-day emergency diet handout detailing the exact foods we eat to relieve symptoms in 5 days (this is something we’ve been testing for years).

Hope to see you there!

– Jordan

P.S. – Where does your poop stack up? Leave a comment and let us know.

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About the author

Jordan Reasoner Jordan Reasoner is a health engineer and author. He was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and almost gave up hope when a gluten-free diet didn’t work. Since then, he transformed his health using the SCD Diet and started SCDLifestyle.com to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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Mishi May 19, 2018 at 7:08 am

After 5-10 mins of taking both lunch & dinner i fe like i have to poop..i tried to control but atlast i go n poop..can u tell me what is the reason behind this.

Lori Jo Berg May 21, 2018 at 12:02 pm

HI Mishi – It sounds like you may be struggling with some diarrhea issues. Please rad more here, as we have an entire section of articles on diarrhea: https://scdlifestyle.com/category/diarrhea/

Savanna May 5, 2018 at 1:21 pm

When I was younger I had such regular poops I never really had to worry about it until recently when I started trying to eat healthier and gain more muscle. I began eating more fruits and nuts, which I now know I should avoid, but I’m also experiencing other symptoms too. I don’t poop but maybe 1-2 every 3 day, I’m bloated in the lower stomach, and I’ve even had a gradual weight gain over the past 3-4 months. Would making a dietary change eliminate these issues? Or do you think there’s something deeper?

Lori Jo Berg May 7, 2018 at 11:10 am

Hi Savanna – Making a dietary change will certainly not hurt and we think you’ll find it really helpful! The best place to start is here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

KM April 26, 2018 at 3:16 pm

On average I can poop 3-5 times a day. Most of the time they range from #3-4… I know if I dont drink enough or if I take a pain pill then I get constipated like #1-2. And once in a while I’m around a #5-6 depending on what I might of eaten.
My mom swears she’s never seen anyone that poops as much as I do or how large they can get.

But lately I find that the size & firmness of my poop is making me bleed when I go (Not everytime). I’m not sure if I have too much fiber or if i didnt drink enough that day or if I need to take a softner every other day or something…

Lori Jo Berg May 2, 2018 at 7:03 pm

Hello – this is a sign of something bigger going on. We’d recommend you start by changing your dietary habits to heal your gut and you can begin here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Melissa March 29, 2018 at 1:46 pm

Hello. My issue is that my poop has been at a 1 or 2 for quite a few years now (99% of the time, they are pebble-like). Most sink, but a few occasionally float, and they’re all almost always dark in color. I do have acid reflux, and occasional problems with gas and bloating. I usually poop, on average, between 3-5 times a day. Should I be concerned?

Lori Jo Berg March 30, 2018 at 4:25 pm

Hi Melissa – stools should sink and 3-5 times a day is a little much. How do you feel every day?

Melissa March 31, 2018 at 11:55 am

Sluggish and tired most days. But I attribute that to the medications I’m on. However, I had this issue several years before I even started taking the meds. They are more at a 1 than a 2. I don’t think it’s because I’m not drinking enough water or getting enough fluids, but most of the time, it takes some effort to go.

Douglas February 1, 2018 at 12:55 am

Thanks for this good topic..I have learnt a lot more on poop and health..hoping for more

Adam Hunt January 25, 2018 at 7:48 pm

After i came back from Iraq… my poop have been 4 at first then 6 n 7 after im done…. Then later its always 6 n 7…. I’ve told my army doctor but he keeps giving me fiber powder or whatever to put in my water, taste gross….So i don’t do that anymore… plus i have GERD …any suggestions?

Lori Jo Berg January 31, 2018 at 12:27 pm

HI Adam – we’d recommend you start by addressing your stomach acid:
The test is called the Heidelberg capsule test and you can ask you practitioner for administration details. Also, please read here on how to test it yourself: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

How and what Betaine HCL to supplement with: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/how-to-supplement-with-betaine-hcl-for-low-stomach-acid/

Jamie February 18, 2018 at 10:26 am

I resolved my GERD completely by eliminating gluten, after vomiting several times a day for 8 years due to stomach acid and nausea. I would examine your diet, it changed my life

Brandon February 26, 2018 at 3:15 pm

I had an iron stomach and happy poops until my second Iraq deployment. Now, im highly lactose intolerant and have to shit all the time (even after omitting lactose)

Teli January 6, 2018 at 12:40 am

Hi. I have gone many times a day for many years-mostly diarrhea. I’m keeping a log and have full bowel movements 11 to 19 times a day. Obviously this is distressing. I can’t find anyone else who admits to this same problem. Last colonoscopy was normal. What on earth can i do? Thanks

Lori Jo Berg January 8, 2018 at 1:13 pm

Hi Teli – sorry you are suffering!
Digestive enzymes are imperative to stopping diarrhea and many do not take enough, so please view this here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/who-needs-digestive-enzymes-and-how-to-take-them/

Here is another great article on how to stop your diarrhea fast: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/06/stop-diarrhea-fast/

You may consider our Flare Support program that can be found here: http://diarrheahelp.scdlifestyle.com

Sudarshan Shubham November 10, 2017 at 9:49 am

I am not having a proper bowel movement. When I go to poop 1st time in morning, then I feel like I have emptied my stomach because I m pooping in good amount seriously. But again after one and half hour I have to attend toilet and again I poop in good amount. I want to stop this habit ASAP. Please help me.

Lori Jo Berg November 13, 2017 at 2:10 pm

Hello – this is a sign of constipation and we’d suggest starting by reading the following: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/

We also have an entire section of constipation related articles on our site, and these can be found here: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/constipation/

Gary November 1, 2017 at 10:27 pm

I normally poop 4 or 5 but it seems like it comes out REALLY fast. If I happen to eat fried food Its VERY watery. Also I have noticed my stool floats and doesn’t sink. Any ideas??

Lori Jo Berg November 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm

Hi Gary – a floating stool is a sign of inflammation, gas in the stool, and possible gut infections. We’d suggest first starting by changing your diet (SCD, paleo, or something similar). http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/ is a great place to start for the SCD diet. If you don’t see some improvement, we’d suggest stool testing after that.

Lori Jo Berg November 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm

Hi Gary – a floating stool is a sign of inflammation, gas in the stool, and possible gut infections. We’d suggest first starting by changing your diet (SCD, paleo, or something similar). http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/ is a great place to start for the SCD diet. If you don’t see some improvement, we’d suggest stool testing after that.

rafiq ahmed October 18, 2017 at 2:04 pm

I go to do poop 2 or 3 times a day and i have a gastric problem also.and it is becoming a habit to go to toilet to check that it is left to do poop or not.and my poop shape is like snake type.it is a normal Or not.please reply me….

Lori Jo Berg October 19, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Hello – I’m not totally sure what you’re asking but here are some resources for both constipation and diarrhea: http://constipationhelp.scdlifestyle.com/?_ and http://diarrheahelp.scdlifestyle.com

Nancy Nadel September 3, 2017 at 10:01 am

Usually I have healthy #4 but since a week ago today, I have had cramps and very loose unformed poop. Cramps are diminishing. Frequency has never been more than 1 or 2 a day. Last 2 days, sank to bottom but still not keeping form. I expect I ate something bad but concerned that it is still not normal after a week. I have removed dairy from my diet this week except for a tiny bit of butter. I am eating bananas, dry toast, oatmeal, tiny bit of honey, apple sauce, rice. Last night I added mushrooms and celery garlic and onions to my white rice and raisins and blueberries in the morning to my oatmeal. Suggestions?

Lori Jo Berg September 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm

HI Nancy, many things can affect the quality of our stool – like food, stress, exercise, etc. WE’d suggest first looking at your diet. It really helps to follow an elimination diet so you always know what foods you can tolerate and which ones you can’t. From the list you’re mentioned, I’d suggest removing all dairy and grain.

JR June 28, 2017 at 7:17 am

Ok, so I poop like 5-6 times a day. It’s all pretty consistent. Not hard, not runny. Sometimes I’ll go and then 5-10 mins later I have to go again. I’ve always said I have the worlds fastest Intestines because I can usually Have a BM 45 mins after eating, even though we’ve been told it takes longer to digest. I’ve also had some coloration issues. I once pooped green for a month even though my diet had not changed. I eat fairly healthy, sometimes fast food, but I cook at home a lot. I don’t drink soda or sugary drinks, I’m fairly active, I walk almost 3 miles a day when I work, 3 days a week. Just wondering if there is any concern in my toilet habits!

Lori Jo Berg June 29, 2017 at 12:56 pm

Hello – not feeling complete after a bowel movement or having to go again right away is a sign of constipation ( a much less known sign). If you haven’t cleaned up your diet, we suggest starting there. Here are some helpful articles for you on constipation:http://scdlifestyle.com/category/constipation/

Jay May 23, 2017 at 6:43 am

I’ve been on a hybrid diet, low calories with tons of fiber and protein, for a few months now. Trying to lose weight and build muscle at the same time, though my exercising has been terribly inconsistent. Probably not dehydrated, I drink a minimum 64oz water daily, usually more. No antibiotics or weird supplements.

Anyway, my movements have defaulted to 1 & 2 entirely. Other than the shape, the firmness and frequency are the same as healthy, middle chart movements. 2-3 times daily, soft, but not too soft, definitely not 5+ side of the scale. No cramping or bloating or anything, either. I’ve had IBS for as long as can remember, swinging from constipated to diarrhea constantly, but that’s gone away almost completely. Eating a little too much fiber sometimes causes this clear jelly stuff, but it goes away within a day or two and doesn’t come with any discomfort or apparent side effects.

Should I be looking into this at all? (Not literally, haha.)
Everything online is saying I’m suuuper constipated, but I’m clearly not. The jelly is either totally harmless or my kidneys are failing…?!

The last time I had an actual emergency that had my doctor checking this stuff out, it didn’t come back with anything out of the ordinary, so I’m not going to get my, uh, samples tested again when everything feels better than normal. It’s just… kinda weird.

Lori Jo Berg May 25, 2017 at 8:25 am

HI Jay – your poop will tell you a lot about what’s going on inside the body and this is a great marker to. Some of the things you’ve described aren’t optimal. We also say to base things on how well you feel each day. IF you’re getting up with a ton of energy (and no stimulants to produce that;) and generally feel well through out the day than that’s a great sign. It does sound like you might have some constipation going on and here are some resources for you: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/constipation/

Lynn April 16, 2017 at 8:32 pm

Could taking an antibiotic affect bathroom habits? I usually go once a day, but the past few weeks it’s been several times throughout the day. It’s almost getting to the point of creating some anxiety when I have to leave the house for too long.

Thank for any input!

Lori Jo Berg April 17, 2017 at 9:56 am

HI Lynn – Antibiotics alter the gut microbiome and can affect many things like digestion, absorption, and therefore bathroom habits.

patty March 16, 2017 at 7:42 am

I would say based on what I just read that I may healthy pooper. However I just had a back x-ray and they said I had quite a bit in my colon, which shocks me. What does this really mean?

Lori Jo Berg March 16, 2017 at 11:44 am

Hi Patty – it’s hard to say what that means. IF you are having any health issues (digestive or otherwise) we’d recommend a diet like SCD to help the gut heal.

Matthew February 26, 2017 at 12:03 am

Dietary fiber is something i pay attention to but healthy diet is key too. I pay alot of attention to my poop. Tells me if i drank enough water or had to many beers with friends. I would take diarrhea over constipation anyday

Audrey February 24, 2017 at 8:41 pm

Recently I have been having poops that are #4 in shape (snake, holds together) but not texture- the surface is rough and the stool is very soft, more like #6 in texture. What does this mean? I try to eat healthy; I eat at least 5 fruits and veggies a day, not too many fats etc. and exercise regularly. I haven’t had any physical discomfort but have been particularly gassy. Any idea what might be going on?

Lori Jo Berg February 27, 2017 at 7:44 pm

HI Audrey – sounds like your on the side of having diarrhea (even though it’s not totally there at this point). I’d recommend some digestive enzymes and also looking at your diet to identifying trigger foods. Here are some enzymes we recommend: Digest Gold – http://amzn.to/XHZOjS

Gi Pro Helath Prozymes – http://www.giprohealth.com/enzymes.aspx (SCD Legal)

Thorne Dipan 9 – http://amzn.to/1bQ6aHM

mark January 14, 2017 at 10:23 am

I had hemorrhoid surgery around 5 years ago and my Dr. said that I should eat a high fiber diet. Hard to do. I charted my meals and found that all that I was eating was fiber! So, I eat as much fiber in foods as I can and then supplement that with Metamucil and FiberWell gummies. But, here’s the problem that I have: I get up in the morning and poop, and then poop pretty much every hour or so until mid-afternoon. This has been going on since my surgery five years ago! What’s worse is that if I miss some fiber and end up kind of constipated or if I have a banana mid-day to maybe slow down the times that I have to poop–I still have the feeling that I have to go but now it’s hard and I have to push way too much and there’s mucus in the stool. When should I decide to a see the Dr. about this?

Lori Jo Berg January 16, 2017 at 4:58 pm

Hi Mark – it sounds like you need to make some changes as soon as possible! I’m not confident that the doctor will be able to help you much here. We’d suggest changing your diet, healing your gut, and letting your body heal naturally. If you need help with constipation, magnesium and Vitamin C can help for starters, but we shouldn’t have to rely on those long term to have regular bowel movements. We’d suggest checking out our constipation program here: http://constipationhelp.scdlifestyle.com

Michael January 6, 2017 at 11:57 am

I go twice a day,changed my diet and i have improved my health.I eat kale and cannelli beans,chicken,lots of greens,parsley juice,bran muffins ect.. my.poop went from dark brown to a lighter shade of brown but its all good.Doc said its because i am getting proper nutrients now and i also only drink water,about 75 Oz a day.I feel great.As.long as.your stools are not white,black.or red and no health issues you should be fine.

Marie December 21, 2016 at 3:11 am

I would like to know why exactly nuts are bad for leaky gut and also for intestinal flora ? And what about grains ? Sesame seed flax seed are grains, almonds are nuts. Thank you.

Lori Jo Berg December 21, 2016 at 11:06 am

HI Marie, thanks for reaching out! Nuts can be hard to break down in the digestive tract and are also in the top ten list of high allergy foods. Any food we can’t properly break down has the potential to sit in the gut and feed pathogenic bacteria. Nuts aren’t necessarily bad, we just need to use precaution with how much we’re eating, the type (whole pieces, nut butter, nut milk) and when we introduce them.

Kevin December 14, 2016 at 3:43 pm

My poop is really long. Is that normal?

Lori Jo Berg December 15, 2016 at 12:34 pm

There is nothing wrong with that, Kevin:)

Anthony November 18, 2016 at 11:36 am

I normally poop around 3-5 times a day. It typically comes out soft and like a snake but casually also comes out string like when I eat bad or spend a night drinking. I’ve never really had issues with going. If I have to go, I go and I’m fine for about 3-4 hrs. But this past week and a half, I’ve been having trouble pooping on schedule and also when I do it’s only about once a day and comes out green and looks like type 6. I didn’t have any changes in my diet and also I’m having trouble keeping off weight. What might be the issue?

Lori Jo Berg November 18, 2016 at 12:06 pm

HI Anthony, there are many factors that play a role in bowel movements. Hydration, sleep, stress, diet, hormones, and exercise are some of those factors. We’d recommend dialing in your diet and paying atttention to how those other factors play into how you feel. A journal is a great way to do that:)

Bry November 14, 2016 at 12:39 pm

I have had watery diarrhea for 8 years with serious urgency problems. When I have to go I don’t have time to wait. Today by 11:35am I have been up since 6 am and have evacuated my bowels 4 times. I will go at least 3 more times before I go to bed and once in the middle of the night. This is daily for me. I am a marine corps veteran and have a va hospital in my town but the doctors I’ve visited there act like it’s not a big problem. They have done zero tests and I have mentioned it every time I go there. When I say diahhrea I haven’t had a solid poop in years. It feels, sounds, and has the consistency of water every time. I’m not exaggerating. I would love some relief

Lori Jo Berg November 14, 2016 at 2:13 pm

HI Bry, sorry to hear you’ve been suffering all these years. We’d highly suggestyou Take a look at our Diarrhea program that has helped many in your same shoes: http://diarrheahelp.scdlifestyle.com

Vanessa October 8, 2016 at 4:40 pm

When I was vegan my poo was like mushy diarrhea but now that I eat meat I will have a firm poo (shit) and what you called a full evaucation. This doesn’t happen all the time though and I really wish it would because I hate the feeling of poo left behind. I tried using a stool for my feet but that didn’t work and I read about squatting on the toilet seat when I was vegan. That didn’t work and I read it the comments somewhere and how it explained in technical terms why it wouldn’t work. Sometimes it will be hard and mushy and all the mush or poo won’t come out. Also inside would be unclean from the mush. Sometimes I wish I had chronic diarrhea so I wouldn’t have a peice or peices of poo in my butthole. How do I make it firm all the time or is it unatural to have firm and full evacuation poos everyday? Am I being unrealistic? Thanks.

Mariel Heiss October 10, 2016 at 2:55 pm

Hi Vanessa – if your gut is in great health, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have perfect poop every day! A squatty potty or stool to raise up your feet can certainly help with complete evacuation, but if your gut health isn’t perfect, it will only help so much. I really hope you’ll join us for a free webinar on Tuesday about how you can further improve your gut health to get you closer to perfect poops! Here’s how to register (its free!): http://solvingleakygut.com/webinar/live-qva/

Hardy September 10, 2016 at 4:19 am

Hi…i do poop one time of day……but i can’t understand that how much poop in my stomach now when i poop…when finish it…

Mariel Heiss September 12, 2016 at 2:55 pm

Hi Hardy – thanks for reaching out.

A feeling that you “didn’t get it all out” is a sign of constipation.

I suggest trying some of these tips: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/

Joey September 3, 2016 at 3:28 am

Hi there, for the past 2 months I have been experiencing constant changes within my bowels from day to day. On average I poop 1-3 times a day ranging from type 5 – 6. I notice a lot of undigested food in my poop on most days, usually undigested fruits and vegetables and some whole foods like brown rice and grains. My poop is always changing colour from day to day, same days it can be brown, very pale yellow, orange and sometimes even a mix of these colours within the same stool. Is there anything I can do!

Mariel Heiss September 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Hi Joey – you might benefit from digestive enzymes. You can learn more about them here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/who-needs-digestive-enzymes-and-how-to-take-them/

Heather August 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Hi there, I’ve always had intestinal issues but noticed it got worse after I had my daughter. A few weeks ago I discontinued my birth control and noticed I was bloated and constipated. My Obgyn said that this can happen and put me on a different birth control at my request. Well I’ve been on it for three days and have felt constipated the past week or so. It’s like I’ll go but feels like it’s not complete. Of course I have anxiety and think the worst. Any advice or is this normal for someone who has IBS?

Mariel Heiss August 29, 2016 at 6:52 pm

Hi heather – birth control or changes in your hormone levels are normal causes of constipation. We suggest trying some of these remedies: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/

lori clermont August 24, 2016 at 1:07 pm

My poop is a #5, #6, when I sleep I can feel the urge to poop, but I wait until morning, when I get up I have to poop right away, I have told my doctor, she’s says it’s normal? After I sip on a coffee I poop again. I know I’ve had a problem for awhile, any suggestions for me? I will go see naturopathic. I do burp a lot in the morning and I am taking a digest-more vitamin. Thanks in advance.

Mariel Heiss August 24, 2016 at 4:02 pm

Hi Lori – it sounds like you could be experiencing some symptoms of diarrhea or loose stools.

here are some great tips: http://scdlifestyle.com/2014/12/12-common-causes-of-diarrhea/

Vincent July 15, 2016 at 11:20 pm

My poop is shaped like a ruler thin

Danny July 15, 2016 at 1:45 pm

It’s all about what you put in your body (and what you don’t)
Lots of water: distilled or RO water ONLY!! (Why? because all water is contaminated: city people are and have been medicated for seventy plus years with FLUORIDE and CHLORINE. All other water including bottled water has inorganic minerals that remain in your body and accumulate over time: it’s a horror story.
* Fruit and Vegetables. (Organic if available and if affordable)
*NO WHEAT PRODUCTS. (That’s a hard one primarily because 1. It tastes so good. 2. It’s addicting. 3. it’s in practically every prepared food on the market shelves. Wheat is one of the most destructive food to your colon health. DOCTORS, bless them, DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT COLON HEALTH. My sister in law had IBS for the last twenty years! She went to lot’s of doctors, had dozens of tests, took hundreds of prescription pills yet the suffering continues!!
Anyway,…it’s not magic…it’s mostly intuition, common sense, and a willingness to ask hard questions. Doctors are good people but they’re not God.
May you all be blessed with abundant health and happiness,

Aarron July 6, 2016 at 3:53 am

Hi I am needing some help is there a place I can send photo?

Mariel Heiss July 6, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Hi Aaron – we recommend you check out our recommended practitioners here: http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners/

Damion Miller July 4, 2016 at 9:21 am

I can say that a HUGE thing I tried that has made a world of difference with my bowel movements is squatting. I prop my feet up on my kid’s bathroom step stool every time I go. I can’t remember the last time I had to push or strain to get it all out. Very effective and SO simple! I tried it because I saw a commercial for the Squatty Potty which is a specialized step that fits around your toilet base. Anyway, I’ve been squatting for about a year now and I have never felt better as far as bowel health. I highly recommend it. Its a little uncomfortable at 1st but you will quickly get used to it.

Lola June 29, 2016 at 9:59 am

Hi, I’ve always suffered from constipation (since i was a little girl). But in the last 2/3 years my poop sinks all the way down the toilet. I mean, I can’t never see it, or just get to see the tip, so I can only say how it feels coming out rather than how it looks. What’s wrong with that? or is it totally normal because all poop is supposed to sink anyway?

Mariel Heiss June 29, 2016 at 5:15 pm

Hi Lola – thanks for reaching out. It is normal for poop to sink – floating still can be asian of undigested fat in the stool.

Here are some tips for constipation: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/

RAJA June 28, 2016 at 3:46 am

i go to 4 or 5 times daily for pooping. and after pooping i feel very weak.Also my weight is unintentionally lost.
Wots the solution please.

Greg June 24, 2016 at 12:56 pm

I had diarrhea that began around 6 or 7 pm 5 days ago and since then my poop has been weird it has mostly been type 5 stool but I took a fiber pill and I went there was a normal stool and a few thin pieces IDK just been a bit worried I’ve been using Google to search things and some of it is scary I went so much I am raw and will have blood spots on the toilet paper towards the end of wiping plz help could this be a change in my diet or something serious

Greg June 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm

I am 15 and I don’t rly have abdominal pain or cramps or anything like that so it may be nothing still worried though

Mariel Heiss June 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm

Hi Greg – I know it can be embarrassing to talk to your parents or doctor about these issues but diarrhea that begins suddenly like this can be a sign of something like food poisoning, a gut infection, or something else that your doctor needs to address ASAP. There is also a serious risk of dehydration. I recommend you go to the doctor right away and don’t try any more home remedies or google searches until your doc has had a chance to talk with you.

Cici June 19, 2016 at 10:59 am

I am a 16 year old female. I have a fairly healthy diet. But I can only poo 3-4 times a month. It causes constant discomfort and pain. I feel full and bloated so bad at times that it hurts really badly. I even feel sick to my stomach from the pressure and fullness. But I still can not go. Please help me I don’t know what to do.

Mariel Heiss June 20, 2016 at 5:28 pm

Hi Cici – I’m so sorry to hear you’re experiencing this! Constipation is so uncomfortable 🙁

If you haven’t talked to your parents or your doctor about it yet, it is really important that you do so.

From there, this article has some great tips for ways you can tweak your diet to support your digestion: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/

Patricia June 5, 2016 at 3:47 am

Hi, thank you for an informative article. I have had soft, mushy stools for a few years now, sometimes more watery than others, I poop regularly twice daily. I eat a healthy diet and eat my 5 a day easily. I don’t do much dairy, only a cup of kefir once daily. I have been battling this past year with lots of illnesses. I’ve had a viral infection causing vestibular neuritis, which has worn me down, a 3 week long horrible bronchitis, developed eczema patches, had a horribly infected sebaceous cyst etc.
As I am eating healthy I am wondering why my immune system is so low and am worried that I am perhaps not absorbing enough nutrients. Any ideas or input as to what I can do to firm up my stools? Many thanks

Mariel Heiss June 6, 2016 at 2:50 pm

Hi Patriica – thanks for reaching out to us! It sounds like you could be dealing with increased intestinal permeability or “leaky gut” – even people who eat healthfully can develop this. We host a free webinar on Tuesdays where you can learn more about leaky gut, how it develops and if you could have it – and most importantly -what you can do to heal it so you feel better. You can register for the free webinar here: http://solvingleakygut.com/webinar/live-qva/

Tracy May 22, 2016 at 10:41 am

Once or twice a week, I have a poop that takes a long time and is extremely painful in my abdomen. It looks like type 4 but is a giant pile. I have more normal poops other times, but I’m wondering what’s going on in my stomach that is so painful. Any ideas? I always thought I may have IBS, but never spoke to a doc about it.

Mariel Heiss May 23, 2016 at 3:21 pm

Hi Tracy -have you noticed any relation to something you eat or a stressful event when this occurs? For example – maybe one day a eek you have an appointment across town that disrupts your morning routine and forces you to drive through morning traffic, skip breakfast, and eat a bigger lunch. It could be something else, too – its always a good idea to talk with your doctor or practitioner about anything that is worrying you.

Jo Tracey May 14, 2016 at 6:01 am

Hi I’m on a peg feed and for the last two weeks my poop has floated I’m 53 and this has never happened before any idea . Bt worried as eye says I have scarring on my eyes from lack of nutrients

Marie May 11, 2016 at 6:14 am

Hey, I recently changed my diet massively, I barely touch any fatty foods and I’m constantly on water. My poo, is like a really really light brown could class as yellow/brown I would say but it can sometimes be long like a snake and sometimes it can be diarrahea, yesterday I experienced 2 white like penny shaped lumps or spots or what ever they were ? I’m clearly in a state of mind where I don’t know what’s going on I feel like my doctor keeps telling me there’s nothing wrong but that surely can’t be normal ? Please help if you know of anything ?

Mariel Heiss May 12, 2016 at 1:54 pm

Hi Marie – thanks for reaching out to us – I recommend this article on some common causes for diarrhea: http://scdlifestyle.com/2014/12/12-common-causes-of-diarrhea/

Hayden May 4, 2016 at 9:01 am

My poo is like number 6 and I’m going like 5 -6 times a normally when I eat I have to go straight away and I get bad stomach cramps what is this it’s been going on some time now thanks

Mariel Heiss May 4, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Hi Hayden – I recommend starting with this article: http://scdlifestyle.com/2014/12/12-common-causes-of-diarrhea/

Tootie May 1, 2016 at 10:05 am

I need advice please. Im going 4-5 times a day. And it usually looks like #6. I don’t feel like i eat a ton of food to be going that much. This started about 3 months ago. Sometimes I have to go back to the restroom to wipe again and again. Please help

Mariel Heiss May 2, 2016 at 3:51 pm

I’m sorry you’re dealing with diarrhea! This article is a great place to start: http://scdlifestyle.com/2014/12/12-common-causes-of-diarrhea/

Chris cartwright June 5, 2016 at 8:01 am

Hi my name is Chris it’s 7:01 and I woke up at 6:30 and I’ve gone to the bathroom 4 times and it looks like a 7 what should I do

Mariel Heiss June 6, 2016 at 2:36 pm

Hey Chris – I’m sorry you’re having a rough morning 🙁 This article is a good place to start: http://scdlifestyle.com/2014/12/12-common-causes-of-diarrhea/

siddh April 14, 2016 at 5:53 pm

And one more thing..i never had hard poops..always..soft even i told before..like mud…and..i had to go for pooping everyday..even after a daY of fasting…and i am overweight…but i hqd more weight before..and after a good weight loss even ,my problem does not change..and my timings are increasing day by day…and yes…i dont have a proper daily routine ..i awake at nights…and woke up very late at morning…but if smday,,i woke up early…it dos not do anything change in my bowling habbit..thanx and please help me…even doctors could not,..help me..

siddh April 14, 2016 at 5:45 pm

Hi…i m 22…i m having a real trouble of pooping from atleast 8 years ago..i take too much time for pooping..like minimum 1 hour to maximum 3 hours…i generally go once a day..bcoz after that i have no more energy…i have poop may be like..number 6..but it is more like mast poop..like yellow mud..i have too much mucus in my poop..and i always feel..that my bowl is not clear…i need to do more poop…and if some time i have to do an early poop..like within half an hour..then in that day i always have to go for poop one more time..bcoz i had that cramps…and when sometime i poop 2 times a day..then may be 2nd time i poop for a shorter time..but that is also…not less than.,45 minits…so..it is very tough for..me..i poop a very large amount..at 1st i poop at that large amount then i need to push more…and it is painfull..but after all that pushing again a large amount..and then also..little little yellow mucus..and liittle poops are there…and i really have painfull time in pooping…2hours is too much..i need help that i can also poop within few minits,,,please help..me…and i also had done colonoscopy and no such problem there..only mucus..is found..but i k ow that it is a big trou le..i really need hwlp badly…please help me…

Mariel Heiss April 15, 2016 at 11:58 am

Hi Siddh – I’m sorry to hear what you’re going through.

What is your diet like? If you’re not sure what to eat to help you have a healthy gut (so you can have perfect poops) you should attend our free webinar: http://solvingleakygut.com/webinar/live-qva/

Sean April 11, 2016 at 9:37 pm

Okay so what’s wrong with me…
I may only poop a couple times a week, sometimes I may poop after every meal as a lot of the time eating upsets my stomach.
Typically after eating and my stomach being upset I poop 3-4 times within 2 hours, and it consistently goes from 1, to 4, to 6 to 7. Every times. At first when its 1 it takes a long time to come out, once it comes out its almost lile a cork popping off a champagne bottle and for a moment its 4 and then quickly switches to 6 and 7. By the time it’s at 6 and 7 it’s really warm and burns. What is going on here. I don’t know what to do. I’ve tried telling my doctor and he just told me to eat more fibre….

Mariel Heiss April 12, 2016 at 3:46 pm

Hey Sean – it sounds like you may be eating something that is causing a reaction.

We suggest trying a diet like SCD to pinpoint what foods are causing these symptoms and to heal your gut

The best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

I hope this helps 🙂

A April 8, 2016 at 4:57 pm

Mine varies from 1-7…. it all depends. First, my diet is not great, and consists of a lot of processed and fast food. I don’t exercise much either, although my work is rather physical. Pretty sure that I have IBS. I go through periods where my poop is 1 or 2, and after leaving the bathroom i have the feeling of incomplete bowel evacuation. Right now it is at #3, and i have been going daily. And it’s usually not daily for me, but once every 2 days or so. Then sometimes I have type 5 or 6 every other day for a short period… or soft stool that just pours out into one big mushy pile (eww, i know). And I have a diarrhea fear so every time i feel it coming on I take some activated charcoal pills.
Things are going good for me right now with my poop. Keeping my fingers crossed that this good spell lasts. Only thing is it is brown with an orange tinge and not sure if that is normal. And I have been having bloating so getting worried about cancer.

andy April 5, 2016 at 7:59 am

Generally I poop 3-4 times a day ( atleast 30-45 min. each time)and sometimes it can be even more than this and upto 5-6 max.Pattern is alsmost fixed. When i woke up in morning, i already feel pressure and went for first time and normally feel almost clear and time taken is 30-45 min. Then in between 30-45 min. after, i again feel pressure and went for second time and normally feel almost clear.(nearly 99% cases) and time taken is 25-35 min. Then feel comfortable in day time. Then in evening, i start feeling urge for poop in between 5:30-7:30 pm normally and get cleared in between 30-45 min.. Many times i got comfortable in 3 times, but if i eat something in evening before my third time, then i have to go for 4th time also. I am facing this issue since last 10-15 years.Now my queries are
1). Why so much time in every poop whereas my life partner takes hardly 5 minutes only ( We eat same food).
2). Why 3-4 times whereas my life partner takes hardly 5 minutes only ( We eat same food).
3). Should i need to consult doctor? If yes, then which specialist (gastroenterologist or urologist etc.)
Please reply.

Mariel Heiss April 5, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Hi Andy – it can be totally normal and healthy to poop 3 or 4 times a day, however it shouldn’t take 30-45 minutes. If it takes you that long to go, it can actually be a sign you’re constipated. Please read this for more info: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/10/4-common-signs-of-constipation/

Hayley March 28, 2016 at 8:26 pm

hi everyone,
I was wondering if someone could give me some advice. I’ve been to my GP (I’m from england) before regarding my poop and got tested for celiac and turned up negative, yet I still have so many problems! I was diagnosed with IBS (so not really a proper diagnosis) and still have problems daily despite eating healthily. my poop consistently fluctuates from a 1 or 2 to a 5 or 6 and sometimes I feel the urge to go and all that comes out is mucus which stings 🙁 generally I poop 4-5 times a day and sometimes it can be even more than this and it’s painful! I think I already may have a haemorrhoid and I’m only 21 🙁 I feel like the doctors don’t know enough about it to help and I’ve been reading up on leaky gut but I’m finding it difficult to formulate a proper plan to heal my gut! It can really get my down because I also have problem skin which I think stems from my gut problems 🙁 please help!

Mariel Heiss March 29, 2016 at 11:48 am

Hi Hyley – I’m so sorry to hear what you’re going through! I’ve been there and I know how frustrating it is – especially because it seems like all the advice for healing your gut contradicts itself. I recommend attending one of our free webinars where we lay out our plan for how to fix your gut (changes to your diet, lifestyle, and adding some key supplements) – here’s the link to register: (It’s free and if you can’t make it at that time, we’ll send you a replay as long as you register!) http://solvingleakygut.com/webinar/live-qva/

Queenruby March 24, 2016 at 10:22 pm

I poop on a daily basis 5-8 times a day and sometimes it will range from number 1-5 and when I poop more then that I start to break out in a rash from the bottom of my bum to the crack above my butt hole is all of that normal what’s wrong with me if it’s not normal

Mariel Heiss March 28, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Hopefully this article will help you take the next steps: http://scdlifestyle.com/2014/12/12-common-causes-of-diarrhea/

Anita March 4, 2016 at 2:57 pm

I’m a little shy about openly talking about my poop but here goes…
I AM vegan with a terrible diet that consists of either prepackaged vegan entrees from the grocery store, lots of starches!!! IE: I eat a baked potato three times a week for dinner! Pasta, rice, etc and am not a huge fan of a lot of veggies thou I DO eat them! I basically only eat once a day and that would be dinner time! BUT I DO eat 2 bags of salty sunflower seeds a day! ( no exaggeration if anything maybe a little more)!!! It’s an anxiety habbit I have!
I’m sure it’s what’s causing my strange poop but I thought I’d run it buy you. Also my triglycerides are high and I’m on medication for that, and I’m on vicodin three times a day! I don’t know if that makes a difference but you should have all the information! (I thought pain meds make you constipated)?
So I feel a strong urge to go about 3 time a day (2 x in the morning) and I go and the tolit is FULL of a inch diameter of snake like poop that took only seconds to go! It looks like the whole (and shape) of my intestine. Maybe 3 feet long 2x w/in hours! It’s not an odd color bit it feels like it should have taken 5 mins to achieve that length not 30 seconds!
I’m assuming it to much fiber as there is no blood in my stool. (has with colon cancer poop) It would just be nice to hear that it’s OK to be an easy pooper (I just loled) and my system is clean!
Thanks for any feedback!

Mariel Heiss March 7, 2016 at 5:22 pm

Hi Anita – thanks for reaching out.

While it is awesome to be able to evacuate completely and easily – you shouldn’t have extreme urgency. And big poop isn’t necessarily better (a fiber supplement or eating a lot of fiber will make you poop more, but doesn’t necessarily mean you have a healthy gut).

It sounds like your health could be improved by improving the quality of the food you eat – you can start with our free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Emily January 15, 2016 at 3:59 pm

Pooping is awesome! I used to have a poor diet and it would take me 30 minutes to (like you said) battle it out. My diet has changed to just eating better. I have no restrictions, just reaching for more fruits, veggies, and my favorite, nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, mmm..) and lots of water. Meat still stops me up a bit. But poopin’ is pretty awesome now. After every meal and no bloating, rejoice!

Tej Bhaskar January 14, 2016 at 8:15 pm

Hey! I’ve been having a bad poop experience. I poop quite a less amount out almost everyday. It is like the 1st type. I sometimes get to go to the bathroom like when am in school. I really get tensed. I eat a lot of fried food(not the healthy ones). I always feel unfinished even though I sit in the toilet for 20+ mins cause nothing seems to come even after sitting that long. I also keep getting the feeling that it may come anytime and I also have anxiety. A little help here please!

Mariel Heiss January 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Tej – so sorry to hear you’re having these problems! We recommend you start by following a diet like SCD that focuses on whole foods – you can get started here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

jamaican January 13, 2016 at 9:51 am

So from time to time when I poop there is blood. But it only for like one day. It’s mostly on the toilet paper once it was in my poop. Idk what it can be I’m healthy as can be I eat normal and poop 3-4 times a day. I rarely ever have stomach problems it never Hurts unless I’m really gassy which only happens when I’m asleep and wake up to poop. I also do a lot of running so it’s not affecting my health as well. I’d like to think of it as my body getting rid of nasty toxins from my body. I recently started drinking colloidal silver water and that sam night I took it blood alot of it seems like it wasn’t a cut from wiping too hard as I feel like I do wipe too hard. But it was also in the bowl. It has been happening since 2008.

Mariel Heiss January 13, 2016 at 2:43 pm

Hi – thanks so much for reaching out to us about this.

Blood in your stool can be a sign of serious problems and it is always important to get this checked out by your doctor before doing anything else. We don’t recommend continuing with any supplements that seem to be worsening the bleeding, like silver, either. Please see your doctor as soon as you can. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

Kasie January 4, 2016 at 8:34 am

I’m the typical poop after every meal I eat. And depending on how hydrated I am is how soon it comes after. It can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour to happen. I poop usually every morning when I wake up, no matter what time it is. The strange thing is, that if my body gets too hot my stomach cramps and then shortly after I poop and its not my typical poo, it’s more soft and sometimes a mix of liquid and soft formed. I also drink coffee every day which is a great diuretic. Eating a healthy snack about 30 minutes before I go to bed helps me start the morning. It’s usually cereal. How many time a day is too many? I’ve already had two and sometimes I poop six times a day.

Mariel Heiss January 4, 2016 at 1:07 pm

Hi Kasie, thanks for commenting.

Every person is unique and the number of times you poop each day must also be considered with the type of poop you’re having (number on the stool chart).

6 times a day at a 6-7 on the chart (diarrhea) is something that needs to be addressed. But if you’re having #4s every time, it is possible that this is normal for your body.

We recommend you talk with your doctor about this, too.

Jim cranston December 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm

So I had my gall bladder removed about a year ago I have to go take a poop at least 5 times a day, before my poop was healthy now it is 6 and 7 on the chart. I called my doctor he said it is because my gall bladder was pulled, I don’t believe him.
Also when I eat something it comes out between 5 hrs to 7 hrs is that okay? I am 33 years old

Mariel Heiss December 31, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Hi Jim – we agree with your doctor. Your gallbladder serves a very important role in your digestion – bile is stored in the gallbladder and released when you eat fat based on how much fat you eat. When the gallbladder is removed, bile instead constantly trickles down from the liver (where it is made) into the intestines. This means you can have too much or too little bile when you eat – causing both diarrhea and constipation. Your doctor might have called this “postcholecystectomy syndrome.” Coconut oil is a fat that is absorbed differently from other fats and is typically better tolerated by those who have had their gallbladder removed – you can try substituting virgin coconut oil for some of the other fats in your diet and see if that helps. You might also find that eating more frequent, smaller meals helps too. We definitely recommend you continue to consult with your doctor about this and make sure you eat a real-food nutrient-dense diet. I hope this helps!

Bobbington December 22, 2015 at 2:10 pm

And I feel like I can never achieve a full evacuation

Bobbington December 22, 2015 at 1:50 pm

And I find myself popping about five times a day and it is always 6-7

Bobbington December 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm

I mean between 6-7

Bobbington December 22, 2015 at 12:58 pm

My poop is ALWAYS between7-8 what is your diagnosis and what should up to stop this and get my stool healthier?

Bob December 22, 2015 at 12:55 pm

My poop is ALWAYS between7-8 what is your diagnosis and what should up to stop this and get my stool healthier?

Mariel Heiss December 22, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Hi Bob –

We recommend you start with these suggestions for diarhhea: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/08/13-causes-of-ibs-d-most-doctors-never-test-for-but-should/

Hope this helps!

Tiffany Mau December 13, 2015 at 8:51 pm

Hi, my poop is very thick and is hard to get out, I’m not sure if its what I’m eating or if it’s because I’m not excercising enough. When poop is very long and thick, and I only go at most 4 times a week.

Mariel Heiss December 14, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Hi Tiffany – thanks for commenting.

It sounds like you’re experiencing some symptoms of constipation, which can be frustrating and uncomfortable.

We recommend you start here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/

We also have an entire section of constipation related articles on our site, and these can be found here: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/constipation/

Hope this helps!

Evinder November 13, 2015 at 2:39 pm


So I’ve been eating healthier daily. In the morning i will have a regular bowel movement but after lunch i will have several watery bowel movements. Is that normal? its been happening for about a week now since I’ve been meal prepping again.

Mariel Heiss November 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Hey Evinder – eating “healthy” can mean different things to different people.

We recommend you follow a diet like SCD to get your poop as healthy as possible. Here’s where to start: http://scdlifestyle.com/about-the-scd-diet/

You also should keep in mind that your symptoms didn’t develop overnight, and they won’t get better overnight! Try and be patient as your body adjusts to a new way of eating 🙂

Maddie November 3, 2015 at 10:13 am

Hello! I was wondering if you could help me out with something.

Ever since I ate these garlic fries I feel like as if my digestive system has changed, like its not as solid as it used to be, I mean, it is much softer than usual, which of course is good, (type 4) but before I go, i get a tad bit of pain in my stomach.

Also at sometimes after I go and at times where I haven’t even recently gone, I feel like as if more is coming or that I need to go, but there actually isn’t. It’s like my body is playing tricks on me.

What does this mean? I’ve been wanting to know what it is and what I can do to help out with this.

Thanks! 🙂

Mariel Heiss November 3, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Hi Maddie!

First, I recommend this article, where Steve goes in-depth on some of the symptoms you’re describing: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/10/4-common-signs-of-constipation/

Then, you should check out this article for how to handle those symptoms: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/

Good luck and let us know if you have more questions

Danielle November 2, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Since I’ve had my son I’ve been having type 4 and type 6 up to 10 times a day, my doctors have said it sounds like ibs but I get terrible stomach ache, I’m also very tired all the time and need something to get this to stop and just go once a day can someone please help me 🙁

Mariel Heiss November 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Hi Danielle – I’m so sorry you’re going through this.

The best way to start feeling better is by changing your diet to get your diarrhea under control.

You can start with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

If you ever have more questions or need support, you can email us with question, comments, or for a virtual hug, at [email protected]

Hadi November 1, 2015 at 10:25 am

why do my poop has lots of blood in it? whenever it is hard.. it has blood in it…. it scares me… even when i don’t feel like pooping anymore and i just push it out and more blood is coming out… please help me 🙁 am i dying?

Mariel Heiss November 2, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Hi Hadi – thanks so much for reaching out to us.

Bleeding can be caused by fissures or hemorrhoids. We recommend you go see your doctor first to find out exactly what is going on.

From there, managing your poop so that it is easy to pass can help prevent bleeding caused by aggravation of a hemorrhoid or fissure.

I recommend you check out this article: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/

If you have any questions or need more support, please reach out to us at [email protected]

sandra October 17, 2015 at 12:49 pm

I had my gallbladder removed about 17 years ago in an emergency surgery (I was in fact very fit, not fat and not even close to 40). I maintained my running regimen (35-50 mpw), hiking/outdoor sports and by the time I reached 38, I hit a huge, horrible wall.

Apparently, no gallbladder is a huge deal! My poops always took long, were less firm, watery, rarely did I get a 4-ever during these last 17 years and was told that was normal for someone w/o a gallbladder – wrong! I found (when I hit this wall) that I’m malnutritioned. My stomach/small intestine has not been absorbing nutrients all these years. I hit 38 and gained about 20lbs over the course of that year, my running came to a screeching halt and I was exhausted on a daily basis.

Fast forward to 40 and still struggling…got on board with an excellent doctor who identified ‘adrenal exhaustion’ and put me on a vitamin regimen + digestive enzymes + bhrt = helped tons, but wasn’t enough.

Went through Dr. DiCenso’s MAP Assessment and now on mineral supplements and did a special 10-day detox to unclog my kidneys (congestion & stagnation) has set in and I’m have #4 poops everyday and up to 3x’s each day!!! Since I was 26 I’ve NEVER had a #4.

I can’t believe how excited I am over pooping regularly & healthy…it’s changing my life!


Benjamin Onarheim October 16, 2015 at 8:07 pm

Hi how do i delete my question ?thanks;):p

Mariel Heiss October 19, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Hey Ben – I went ahead and deleted your comment.

Hope you’re feeling lots better now!

Sarah October 15, 2015 at 9:24 pm

Hi. So, I have been having this problem for about a month now with (pooping) in my underwear. Not literally, but small amounts are coming out all throughout the day, sometimes without e even knowing, which is causing me to wipe and wipe and wipe and cause itchiness and redness down there constantly. My diet has not changed and neither have I been taking any different medications. That’s the first thing, I know that needs to be checked. All day long I’m wiping, sometimes excreting what I need, sometimes I only excrete just that amount that I’m wiping. My sister had mentioned something about a “pollop” (no idea how that would be spelled). Where there’s like a pocket next to the anus inside that holds poop. No idea. Anyway it’s getting to be very stressful for me. Anybody heard of this?

Mariel Heiss October 16, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Hi Sarah –

We’re so sorry you’re experiencing this!

Because you haven’t made any changes in your diet and medications, we recommend you start by seeking out the advice of your doctor. A polyp is a possibility, but the only way to know for sure it to get checked out by your doctor.

A good next step is to keep a detailed journal of foods you ate, medications you took, anything significant happening in your life (like stressful events, etc.) and your symptoms. This can help pinpoint the cause of the change if your doctor has ruled out other possibilities.

I hope this helps and you’re feeling better soon.

Pooptoomuch October 5, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Ok so I go about 4-5 times a day and it looks like mulch every time since my teenage years. You can visibly see what I had for lunch and it’s not anything from the night before. It’s stuff I ate a few hours earlier. I eat very healthy so I don’t understand and I’m always gassy. I’m thin and fit but I don’t think it’s normal to poop this way. Also I am lactose intolerant. Any advice or input?

Mariel Heiss October 6, 2015 at 11:28 am

It sounds like you’re experiencing a lot of undigested food in your stools.

Digestive enzymes and Betaine hCL may be able to help.

Betaine HCL helps with the digestion of protein foods. You can learn more about it here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/how-to-supplement-with-betaine-hcl-for-low-stomach-acid/

Digestive enzymes help with the digestion of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates (you can use them with HCL, as well): http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/who-needs-digestive-enzymes-and-how-to-take-them/

These will work best with a real-foods diet that helps treat inflammation and balance the gut – like the SCD Diet. you can learn more about SCD here: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

I hope this info helps and you’re having perfect poops soon!

alisha September 30, 2015 at 9:22 am

My poop is clumps if i drink water will that change

Mariel Heiss September 30, 2015 at 1:48 pm

Hi Alisha –

Dehydration can definitely impact your stool and cause constipation.

I recommend this article for more tips: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/

Mariel Heiss September 18, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Hi Ben – we recommend you consult your doctor or practitioner first since you’re experiencing pain.

It sounds like you’re experiencing some symptoms of constipation, and the best way to start addressing that is by changing your diet.

Please read the following article on constipation, as it can be very helpful on your journey: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/

We also have an entire section of constipation related articles on our site, and these can be found here: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/constipation/

Lisa September 13, 2015 at 5:01 pm

I found this article very informative, thank you.
Here is my issue: in my 40s and for the last 2 years I have suffered from symptoms that my gastroenterologist has identified as IBS. BUT: I have no constipation (may be constipated once in a blue moon) and no diarrhea. My symptoms are mainly lower abdominal cramping (that can last several hours) sometimes queasiness (on and off) and gas. These symptoms will last from one to a few months. I had had a break all June/July and part of August and now they are back but with one difference:
In the past 2 weeks I have started to have 2/3 bowel movements every day (when I usually only have one) the stool is formed, snake like and soft (like image 4) the strange thing is that I will usually go in the morning, after I wake up and then I will feel like I have not completely emptied bowel and after I eat breakfast I will often feel the need to go to the bathroom again… I have been eating less and mainly cutting carbs in the past few weeks (to try and lose a few pounds) and still every time it seems the amount of stool passed is a large one, still I will often go again in the afternoon/evening. Is this normal? I can’t make sense of it and what bothers me is mainly the sensation of not having emptied bowels completely.
I have had complete blood work done just a few weeks ago, to check for gallstones/thyroid function/pancreas etc. and my doctor told me everything looks good.
Another unexplained symptom is the queasiness I get once in a while, not necessarily after eating.
Does this sound like IBS? Can I stop worrying? I just wish someone could help me shed some light on this and I wonder if there is anything I could try that would make the symptoms go away. Thanks for any feedback.

Mariel Heiss September 14, 2015 at 10:33 am

Hi Lisa, thanks so much for reaching out to us.

Incomplete evacuation can be a sign of constipation even if you’re having 2-3 bowel movements a day. A diet like SCD might help with your symptoms, as could some other lifestyle changes.

I recommend you read this article: http://scdlifestyle.com/2015/02/relieve-constipation-with-natural-movement/

If you’re ever concerned about your symptoms, you should always consult with your doctor.

I hope you’re feeling much better soon!

Joni September 11, 2015 at 4:03 am

When I take a poop it so fast! Drop and Go!! Embarrassingly fast! Or so I thought until I found your site! Thanks for giving this information!

Sib September 10, 2015 at 4:29 pm

I changed my diet due to having gerd and interesting the article here talks about flora so I went to gnc to ask about flora and how it can improve my health. I bought a probiotic chewable. It’s been a month now free taking it and I have been finally going like a normal person again. The guy at gnc said the more flora the better so others may want to give a try.

debbi August 25, 2015 at 10:40 am

Hi. I think I need help. I find it hard to hold food in,and I often have to visit the toilet after eating. I also have bloated stomach and it makes it hard to eat and wear certain clothes. I sometimes feel pain in my belly and v had to use someone’s toilet because m pressed. I feel that my food doesn’t digest before I excrete. I think that this inhibits weight gain for me,but its becoming so bad,I’m beginning to lose weight and I’m starting to look anorexic. My poop ranges from snake solid to liquid. I often have to spend more than 15 minutes in the toilet. More importantly, my weight loss is becoming a concern to me. Do u suppose my weight loss is as a result of my diet or my body metabolism and its breakdown of food?

Mariel Heiss August 25, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Hi Debbi, thanks so much for reaching out to us.

First, we recommend you consult with your doctor about ny changes in your health.

You might be interested in this article: http://scdlifestyle.com/2015/05/your-body-might-be-starving-for-protein/

You might want to consider an HCL supplement as well as digestive enzymes, since you think your food isn’t being well digested,. You can learn more about those by following the links in the article. Some symptoms of low stomach acid are undigested food in the stool and weight loss.

I really hope this information helps, and that you’re feeling much better soon, Debbi. If you have any questions, please email us: [email protected]

debby August 25, 2015 at 10:32 am

Hi.v always been one who poops like 2 or 3 times daily,often after I’ve just eaten.I feel that my food doesn’t digest and is immediately excreted. I am not overweight and I’m quite glad,but I seem to have started losing weight,as I feel that food I take is not absorbed into my system. I consume a lot of calories,just to gain a little more weight,but this isn’t helping. My stomach is almost always bloated and I have to fart a lot. Do u think my lack of weight adding is typical of my body or my diet and poop methods are responsible? I think I need your help

Mariel Heiss August 25, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Hi Debby, thanks for commenting.

I’m so sorry you’re struggling right now.

I recommend you check out this article and consider an HCL supplement as well as digestive enzymes if you’re not digesting your food well (this can contribute to weight loss). http://scdlifestyle.com/2015/05/your-body-might-be-starving-for-protein/

We also recommend you consult with your doctor about any symptoms you’re experiencing as well, if you haven’t already.

Reece August 24, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Hi I have had problems pooping for a long time now go between 4 and ten times a day sometimes only minutes between each one but if a stay on the toilet nothing else comes along this happens most first thing in the morning, but throughout the day my stomach visibly shrinks and swells and when swollen I find it rather hard to eat I always suffer with right lower flank pain which I have been told is nutcracker syndrome a problem with my kidneys but the pain is worse when I have eaten or need the toilet can you please help I’m only 20 and this has been going on for years.

Mariel Heiss August 24, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Hi Reece, I’m so sorry to hear you’re struggling right now.

The SCD diet has helped many people in your same shoes regain their health.

The best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

On behalf of Steve and Jordan, and all of us at SCD Lifestyle, we really hope this information helps you on your journey to better health and you’re feeling much better soon!

DEF August 23, 2015 at 11:08 pm

I feel blessed that I purge after every meal. My waste changes depending on what I eat. I started a 30 detox program and eat nothing but clean foods now. I’m starting my 4th week and my waste has consistently looked like #4. I feel great. I started my 17 year old daughter on the clean eating program as well. She suffers from Crohn’s. We are both enjoying our new journey.

Samantha August 23, 2015 at 5:15 am

Hi I have a very serious question to ask of I poop maybe 1-2 times every week or so not only that but my poop is usually black mixed with an orange/brown color looking half and half and also after I eat anything I get severe pains in my lower part of my stomach and my poop is very difficult to push out it takes about 20 minutes to push it out while I also rip down there VERY PAINFUL! I have no insurance to see a doctor and I am not sure what else to do. To maybe get a more clearer answer I must tell you I am morbidly obese and I have an over eating disorder I eat more than I can probably digest.

Mariel Heiss August 25, 2015 at 12:13 pm

Hi Samantha, thanks so much for trusting us enough to reach out here!

First, we really recommend seeing a doctor first if you can to rule out any serious medical conditions that need treatment. This is always a good first step.

It sounds like you’re suffering from constipation – I recommend you check out the resources here: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/constipation/

Many people have complicated relationships with food, and overeating isn’t uncommon or anything to be ashamed of. It can be uncomfortable and frustrating, though. I really hope you’ll give this podcast a listen and maybe check out the Psychology of Eating website or podcast, too. I’ve found it incredibly insightful in my own journey: http://scdlifestyle.com/2015/07/the-unspoken-forces-of-food/

If you have more questions or need support, please email us anytime at [email protected] Samantha!

Beth August 13, 2015 at 11:37 am

I poop every day ,sometimes more but my poop is embarrassingly large ! Like over 12 inches long and fat ! Smooth with little to no cracks – is this ok ? I mean I am shocked they have been solarge

Mariel Heiss August 13, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Hi Beth! Thanks for reaching out 🙂 From what you’re describing, it sounds like your poop is close to ideal (4 on the Bristol stool chart!) If you’re concerned about your poop, we recommend you consult with your doctor.

Lee August 11, 2015 at 1:19 pm

I eat all the above regularly and have done consistently recently. I have regularly been around a 6 on the poop scale – I recently stopped eating breakfast (but would often eat breakfast food in the afternoon) and became a 4. On returning to breakfast eating, I enjoy it, for the last 5 days I have now returned to a 6. I vary breakfasts and sometimes eat porridge, yoghurt, eggs. Would you have any thoughts on this?

Mariel Heiss August 12, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Hi Lee, thanks for asking 🙂 We definitely advise eating breakfast to support your body’s energy needs and the healing process. That being said, we would suggest you alter your diet to the SCD diet or something similar, as it seems you are eating some foods for breakfast that could be causing less than perfect stools. We suggest starting here with our Free quick start guide:

Ritzsin August 7, 2015 at 6:00 am

Hi my poop is typ 7 and i go 3-4 tym a day is it normal?

Mariel Heiss August 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Hi Ritzsin, thanks for commenting 🙂

It sounds like you might be experiencing some diarrhea. We recommend you check out these resources: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/diarrhea-2/

We also recommend you consult with your doctor about your symptoms, too.

j Hunter August 5, 2015 at 9:59 pm

I’m a daily #4, it sinks, it is not hard but soft, but a lot of the time it Breaks loose and the last part won’t come on out….what do you think?

Mariel Heiss August 6, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Hi J Hunter – it sounds like you could take some steps to try and improve your poop. The best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/ and with the tips in this article as well 🙂

We also recommend you keep your doctor informed about any hcnges you’re making in your health!

rick August 5, 2015 at 7:03 pm

November of 2014 I was on the ER with what I thought was appendicitis come to find out I was constipated . I went to my doctor they put me on omeprazole for burning sensation in my stomach . Now everytime I eat I have to use the bathroom and I feel much better even tho I stopped taking the med they made me have bad indigestion . Is this normal to have stomach problems and then they pretty much go away on their own ? Also I have started back to the gym maybe 3 to 4 times a week .

Mariel Heiss August 5, 2015 at 7:56 pm

Hi Rick! Our bodies (especially our digestive systems) our incredible and complex and can be impacted both positively and negatively by a ton of factors. Regardless of what caused the change, we’re really happy you’re feeling better. Going the the gym sounds like it was a positive change, too!

Congrats! So glad you’re feeling much better 🙂

Jenn August 3, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Hi pLease help me!! I have to poop right after I’m done eating, like every time, even sometimes during. I Get really bad stomach times during the moment and its always like a number 6 or 7. Every once in a while ill have a number 5. And it’s sad this takes away from my family time and it’s pretty embarrassing. Is there something wrong with me? I really don’t want to go to a butt doctor that would be awful I pretty much refuse to and just deal with my problem. Is it my stomach? My diet? Please help me!

Mariel Heiss August 3, 2015 at 7:33 pm

Hi Jen, we know talking about poop and gastrointestinal issues can be hard and embarrassing at first, but we do recommend you go see your doctor first (take the bristol stool chart with you, if that helps, to better describe your stool type). From there we recommend a program like the SCD diet, which can help narrow down which foods may be causing a problem for you. You can download the free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Jae August 3, 2015 at 5:48 pm

I am more of a 5 most of the times and a 6. I do eat a lot of salads and drink a lot of water but I always seem like I cant pass gas or always constipated and bloated. Is this anything serious?

Mariel Heiss August 3, 2015 at 7:28 pm

Hi Jae, constipation and bloating can be unpleasant. Sometime they can be serious problems too. We recommend you consult your doctor and also see these resources for what to do to feel better: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/constipation/

Jones July 30, 2015 at 7:50 pm

I have been pooping 3 times a day one time it’s normal next it’s runny and each time it’s got blood in it don’t know what to do please help

Mariel Heiss July 30, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Hi Jones, thanks for commenting. We’re really sorry you’re going through this hard time but we recommend you consult your doctor if you have blood in your stool.

Terry Morfitt July 30, 2015 at 6:32 pm

THank u I try to talk about my poop n people look at me like I’m crazy. I’m 2-4 with break off floaters. Should I worry?


Mariel Heiss July 30, 2015 at 9:55 pm

Hi Terry – number 4 is ideal and you should poop between 1-3 times per day easily with full evacuation. If this isn’t happening for you, try the suggestions in this article.

Toiletwatchers unite 😉

Angela July 20, 2015 at 10:35 pm

Very confused here. I been eating 80% veggies and fruits and 20% protein.
I feel so much better, sleep better, the fogginess has left my head, I’m 49 overweight and lost 22pounds so far doing this. I’m never hungry and not bored of this diet yet. I eat almonds as a snack or fruits and only use coconut oil or olive oil, YET everything I read about the changes in my poop point to bad things?
I never went daily until now.
I suffered all my life from constipation until now yet according to what I’m reading my stool indicated malabsorption and is in floating pieces.
I believed eating right would change my stool but what I reading isn’t good
ALSO— I’m combining the proper foods with each other, eating melon all by itself, waiting for proper digestion time after each meal…. So why is the stool saying I’m not pooping right for the way I’m eating?
No sugar no dairy no snacks no fried food no red meat no bread of any kind no rice no white potatoes — sweet potatoes instead avacados everyday (1/2) salad spinach every day — what’s wrong with this picture ?

Mariel Heiss July 21, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Hi Angela, thanks for commenting!

It sounds like you’re feeling much better since you changed your diet and that your constipation has improved. If you’re worried about malabsorption or floating stool, you might consider HCL Betaine or digestive enzymes. You can learn more here:

If you have more questions, you can always reach out to us at [email protected], as well!

Brandon July 18, 2015 at 8:41 am

Ok for 3 weeks I have been having weird pain in my lower back and abdomen with aches through my groin area. I have had acid reflux for years and always had stomach problems where I go to the bathroom about 30 minutes after I eat. Usually a 5-7. I had a blood test and urinalysis done, all normal. GI put me on a low FODMAP diet and some dexilant. Now for 3 days Poo is closer to a 4 but it doesn’t seem like there’s enough compared to how much I eat. Yesterday a couple times it was just gas with a little mucus. And I feel an ache in my lower back like I need to go, but when I do it’s not hard like constipation. GI says I may have had some type of infection that’s getting better and a touch of IBS. Does this sound right? I had a colonoscopy 2 years ago and it came back clean. Scheduled for another one and a CT scan, also an upper GI soon. Nervouse. Does this sound like IBS to you? Thanks

Mariel Heiss July 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Hi Brandon, thanks so much for reaching out to us. We aren’t doctors and can’t make any diagnoses. We’re glad to hear you’re consulting your doctor regarding these symptoms.

After reading your history and questions, it sounds like you need a comprehensive program that will address diet, lifestyle, supplements, and root causes. Again, we aren’t able to make any sort of diagnosis and we recommend you continue consulting with your doctor 🙂

The best place to start is by taking the personalized quiz, which will help you sort through some of your issues and give you direction: http://solvingleakygut.com/myquiz/

We also highly recommend you register for one of our free Solving Leaky Gut Webinars, where the following will be addressed and much more:

-Why your digestion is often the root cause behind problems like brain fog, bad skin, hormone problems, food sensitivities, autoimmunity, and more

-Your top digestive risk factor – what it means and how to fix it

-The 19 triggers that poke holes in your gut wall

-The 3 step process to rebuilding your gut

-Specific anti-inflammatory foods to eat (and not eat) to stop suffering

-2 game-changing supplements that can fix your digestive complaints tomorrow

Link to register: http://solvingleakygut.com/webinar/live/

I hope this helps! Please reach out to us if you need more support :[email protected]

Bailey July 12, 2015 at 9:51 am

Wow my husband kept telling me something was wrong with me and I just figured it’s always something I eat. But I have had problems for years now. With my schedule revolving around my poop I can’t go anywhere that doesn’t have a bathroom. For instance in the last 2 hours I have gone #7, 4 times. : / usually I will go 3-5 times in the morning and another 3-5 times at night. Always a 6 or 7. I need to get a diet plan started to stop this!

Mariel Heiss July 13, 2015 at 11:56 am

Hi Bailey, we’re so glad you reached out to us! Based on what you’ve written, I think our Solving Leaky Gut plan could be a great program for you. The best place to start is by taking the personalized quiz, which will help you sort through some of your issues and give you direction: http://solvingleakygut.com/myquiz/

We also highly recommend you register for one of our (totally free) Solving Leaky Gut Webinars, where the following will be addressed and much more:

-Why your digestion is often the root cause behind problems like brain fog, bad skin, hormone problems, food sensitivities, autoimmunity, and more

-Your top digestive risk factor – what it means and how to fix it

-The 19 triggers that poke holes in your gut wall

-The 3 step process to rebuilding your gut

-Specific anti-inflammatory foods to eat (and not eat) to stop suffering

-2 game-changing supplements that can fix your digestive complaints tomorrow

Link to register: http://solvingleakygut.com/webinar/live/

Lexi July 10, 2015 at 10:17 am

I have a #6 poop and before I use the stool it hurts very badly. I don’t know if its gas or what. I use the stool 5+ times a day and I can’t hold it in very long. Please help

Mariel Heiss July 10, 2015 at 11:40 am

Hi Lexi, thanks for reaching our to us. I’m sorry you’re going through this difficult time. You might want to check out this article on what can cause diarrhea: http://scdlifestyle.com/2014/12/12-common-causes-of-diarrhea/ Our Solving Leaky Gut program has helped many people who have diarrhea, and has a diarrhea protocol built in. You can learn more by taking signing up for a free webinar here: http://solvingleakygut.com/webinar/live/

anonymous July 9, 2015 at 2:01 pm

I am 20 years old and I have IBS, I go to the bathroom everyday and always have a BM. Sometimes it will be pencil thin and then other times it is normal. I do not drink water,just mostly soda and my diet is greasy foods and junk. I do not have pain or anything. Could my poor diet be the cause?

Mariel Heiss July 9, 2015 at 2:13 pm

In our experience, changing your diet is the foundation of improving your digestive health and healing your gut. We recommend you sign up for one of our free webinars to learn more about what changes you can make in your diet and lifestyle to heal your gut including specific anti-inflammatory foods to eat (and not eat) to stop suffering: http://solvingleakygut.com/webinar/live/ We hope to see you at the webinar!

jessica July 8, 2015 at 1:14 am

Hi so I’ve been having a problem for a year now my poop has been very watery and I accidently poop myself at times and not even feel that I gotta poop . It just comes out.. please help idk what I need to do to change this ..

Mariel Heiss July 8, 2015 at 6:12 pm

Hi Jessica, I’m sorry you’re experiencing this 🙁 We recommend you see your doctor about this problem if you haven’t yet. You may also want to check out these resources as a next step: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/diarrhea-2/

cent July 4, 2015 at 7:27 am

hi I poop three times every morning at around 6 to 9am b4 I can feel comfortable nd each time I tak lomotea nd flygin nt go poop up to three times I start feeling little headache till I force my self to poop I ll nt b OK pls Wt do I do I can’t continue to poop three times in d morning I no is nt right DT way

Mariel Heiss July 7, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Hi Cent, I’m really sorry you’re going through this hard time. In our experience 2-3 bowel movements a day can be perfectly normal and healthy. If you feel that this is unhealthy for you, we recommend you consult with your doctor.

Araxia July 4, 2015 at 4:11 am

I’m #5 and I go 2,3 times to the bathroom daily. Depend in what I’m eating. If it’s from out side it effects and if not I normally went 2 times. I got hemorrhoid from 3 days and it’s very painful. I want to know if I need to go to the doctor or not? Now I feel better. But my problem is the shape of my stool. Is that okay or not?

Lori Jo Berg July 7, 2015 at 9:35 am

Hi Araxia, thanks for reaching out to us. It sounds like you need to address your gut issues by starting with dietary changes first. A great place to start is here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/ Please email us at [email protected] if you feel you need further assistance.

Joy July 3, 2015 at 2:40 pm

I have to poop every 15-60 minutes and have for several days now. It is closest to #4&5 on the quiz above but at times when I go it’s like my body is trying to push something out that isn’t there. Similar to dry heaving. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Lori Jo Berg July 7, 2015 at 9:37 am

Hi joy, this can be a sign of constipation and we suggest reading this article here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/ As the article states, addressing your dietary needs is imperative and a great place to start is here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Kelly June 22, 2015 at 8:26 am

So I poop a lot as soon as I wake up. At least 3 times before I even have breakfast. Is this normal? I heard it may be because of late night eating but I don’t eat late that much. Every now and then I’ll have a bowl of cereal but that’s about it. I’d say I’m a 5.

Rachel June 21, 2015 at 5:22 am

I usually poop every morning as soon as I wake up. My poops are always a 4, unless I’ve eaten dairy by accident. (Lactose intolerant)
Some mornings there is a lot of poop. So it takes 10-15 mins. I start pooping almost immediately after sitting on the toilet, so no waiting or anything. I’m not straining to eliminate it. It just keeps coming and coming. Other mornings it only takes a few mins. This is my normal routine. my husband is concerned that something is wrong cause I was actually in the act of pooping for so long. It’s not like I was sitting there waiting for things to start. They started fine, and just kept going for a while. But it was normal texture and consistency. Like the perfect #4.

k June 18, 2015 at 7:47 pm

I poop about twice a week. Its always either diarrhea or severe constipation there is always blood when it’s hard. My belly hurts every time I go and will throb for at least an hour after. There’s colon cancer in my family but I am terrified of needles and don’t feel comfortable having anyone near my private areas. Is there a way of getting tested with out being probed?

Dan June 17, 2015 at 1:00 am

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had some sort of poop problem

First and foremost, I don’t go everyday. I’m definitely in the 1-3 day range. I’ve had times where I go Friday morning, and don’t go again until Sunday night.

Also, I find that many times that I’m either a 3 or 5 on the chart. I prefer 3, because it never hurts, and the mess is minimal. Sometimes there is a little blood. 4 is disgusting though…. the mess requires up to 10 wipes, and most of it doesn’t come out. I gotta come back a few hours later and wipe again.

Solutions? All I hear is diet diet diet, which I get. But still, is this common?

Sam June 9, 2015 at 2:08 pm

I have type four but they’re biggens and they happen atleast twice a day and we’re talking the size of my forearm… At first I thought it was normal but one day I forgot to flush and my mum came across one of these monsters and said I better get it checked.. I’ve been to see my gp and he said it was normal but if he saw them in sure he would see that they are far from normal
Please help me

Mariel Heiss June 11, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Hi Sam, thanks for reaching out. It’s great that you’ve spoken to your doctor about your concerns. Our Solving Leaky Gut program addresses the root causes of your digestive troubles to heal your entire digestive system. I recommend you take this quiz as the next step: http://solvingleakygut.com/myquiz/

Patti June 7, 2015 at 6:58 am

Hi- my doc said to take Imodium so I do this daily. I had a stroke (corated artery) 2 years ago, I take Lipitor and metformin. Also thyroxine tabs 88 mg, paroxetine, and propranolol. I think my meds are doin it to me but which one? I also hear that neurological issues could effect my poop. Help my poop is controlling my life and I poop my pants sometimes 2x a day. I am 58. I run to the bathroom all the time. I hate this!!!

Lori Jo Berg June 9, 2015 at 10:07 am

Hi Patti, we highly encourage you to speak with your doctor about the medications you are on and other possible options there, as we can not give you medical advice. Secondly, addressing your diet is gong to be vital to regaining your health and we encourage you to start here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

zain June 5, 2015 at 11:52 am

I poop 2 times a day, it is fine in the beginning but it become like type 6 after some seconds. Sometimes all of it is like type 6 .. But i dont poop more then 2 times. I do it when i get up in the morning and before going to bed. I have tried many antibiotics that doctor gave me. But haven’t felt better. I am continuously losing weight. My height is 6’1 and my weight is 61 kg. Plz help me.

Lori Jo Berg June 7, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Hello, Zain thanks for taking the time to reach out today. It sounds like you need to address your diet first as well as the after affects of taking the antibiotics you have mentioned. It would be a great starting point for you to jump into the SCD diet or something similar sooner than later and you can begin here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

AimeeD June 2, 2015 at 6:46 pm

I had extremely bad diarrhea about two weeks ago, to the point I didn’t make it to the bathroom (I think this was anxiety related), and it was the first time that had ever happened to me. But ever since I find myself going about 4-5 times a day instead of my normal twice; and it’s always a 6-7 on the chart- although my poop varies through the whole chart depending on how well I eat (I work different shift patterns), I don’t think I’ve had a healthy 4 for a couple of months now.

I don’t eat “rubbish” as such, but I don’t have a vary varied died. I eat a lot of chicken, pasta, white bread, eggs, cheese, vegetables, bacon.. And I do take a lot of fizzy drink and some alcohol. I don’t really eat much red meat and I don’t like fruit although I have tried to eat a banana each day over the last two weeks because I was told the high fibre would help but it just seems to be worse. I have also in the past few months started drinking coconut water, I drink a glass each day, could this be making it worse as opposed to better?

Lori Jo Berg June 2, 2015 at 11:12 pm

Hi Aimee, I see several things that could be causing these issues for you and it would be a great idea to adapat to the SCD diet or something similar. The best place to start is here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Jean June 1, 2015 at 4:50 pm

My husband always has poop that floats, he is regular and it looks like a #3-4 type. What does that mean? What is wrong or lacking?

Lori Jo Berg June 7, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Hi Jean, floating stools can point to possible malabsorption issues, increased gas with in the stool, and a possible gut infection. We encourage you to have your husband address his diet right away, as this would be a great starting point: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Annette Zabala May 31, 2015 at 6:43 pm

I poop everytime i eat or drink something is that ok for me to keep doing that everyday or no. Mains was typ 3 and 7 and it’s all the time.

Lori Jo Berg May 31, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Hi Annette, it is hard to say what is going on, but we suggest addressing your dietary needs as a great first start. Typically, 1-2 bowel movements per day is optimal. If you are interested in addressing this issue, please start here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Danny M. May 22, 2015 at 2:44 am

Hi, my poop is coming out like number six. I’m going a few times a day for example I’ll get random stomach cramps and have to run to the bathroom and it alway comes out like the picture. Any ideas/advise?

Lori Jo Berg May 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Hi Danny, The SCD diet has helped many people in your same shoes regain their health.

The best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

nick May 14, 2015 at 9:18 pm

I have been having # 3/4 all the time for the last 3 years. A few times a month i will pass a log nearly 1 foot long and 2 or 3 inches thick. Often it nearly kills me. I need help. Making changes. Thanks!

Lori Jo Berg May 18, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Hi Nick, The SCD diet has helped many people in your same shoes regain their health.
The best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/
From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

YLinn May 14, 2015 at 2:32 pm

I seem to go all the time, after evey meal! Some tell me it’s normal, others say it’s not healthy! I need some help. Certain foods trigger me to go poop, just prepared food, spicy foods, dairy, chocolate, you name it, it pretty much makes me go. What should I do?

Lori Jo Berg May 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Hi YLinn, The SCD diet has helped many people in your same shoes regain their health.

The best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

Anthony May 12, 2015 at 9:25 pm

My whole life I’ve had type 4 until about 2 months ago. I’ve experienced constipation /type 1 stools which lead to hemmroids. I got a colonoscopy and everything came back normal besides the hemmroids. I tried to get everything back to normal after the procedure but my stools still came out very long and large and with pieces of hard stools that were difficult to pass, this has made the hemmroids worse. What do you recommend for someone who has large stools and can’t seem to get rid of the harder ones ?

Lori Jo Berg May 13, 2015 at 3:31 pm

HI Anthony, we suggest starting by addressing your diet and this is a great place to start: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

matt May 7, 2015 at 6:08 pm

I go like 2-3 times a week. Sometimes it is a #3-4, but this week it is a #5-6. I don’t know what the problem is. I don’t know if it is what I’m eating or what. But I’m healthy but for the past 2 days I get an upset stomach at random times during the day, and sit on the toilet and have a #6. And sometimes I know I’m not finished, but nothing else will come out. That’s usually every time I go.

Lori Jo Berg May 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Hi Matt, thanks for reaching out. The SCD diet has helped many people in your same shoes regain their health.
The best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/
From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

Kaunda April 25, 2015 at 7:54 am

Hey I’ve always pooped irregularly. Three times in a month. Right before my periods, right after my periods and any other day. What could be the matter?

Lori Jo Berg April 26, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Hi Kaundra, The SCD diet has helped many people in your same shoes regain their health.

The best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

Randy April 19, 2015 at 2:25 am

hi my name is Randy and my diet varies. I often go weeks without eating more than one meal a day because of my busy schedule it’s hard for me to find time for meal. My poop well when I do poop looks like #1 , the first picture on the chart sometimes when I drink in excess. it goes back to normal should I be worried

Lori Jo Berg April 21, 2015 at 2:31 pm

If you are at all worried or do not feel your best, it would be a great idea to adapt a new diet such as the SCD diet or something similar.

Rose April 18, 2015 at 3:37 am

My right side feels like my lower back hurts in my belly stays bloated especially after I eat .. What foods should I eat I love fruits and I like veggies .. I don’t eat meat a lot guess you can say I’m carbohydrate eat’er ????

Lori Jo Berg April 21, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Hi Rose, the best place to start to change your diet is here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

drew April 8, 2015 at 11:16 am

I have experienced a VERY fast throughput ever since I was a kid. My body works much faster than most as far as I can tell. For example, if I eat a salad that doesn’t agree with me, it will pass through me in a very short time. Sometimes in about 6-8 hours or so. The majority of the time however, I’ve had 1-3 evacuations per day and all type 4 and very long. I’m tall however and height/ wt prop. I’d estimate them to be about 12-20 inches long, not too firm, and not too soft. The size however is what concerns me, as there is often times where I’ll have 3 of these monsters a day and yes they do make me feel better afterwards, but I really don’t recall eating all that food sometimes!!? Is it normal to have the size and length that I have routinely? I honestly only eat two normal size meals a day, but eliminate 3 x regularly. Also, I have noticed that my time from eating to eliminating is never more than 20 hours. ( can tell by the food and the resulting poo that it was what I had. That seems to be just a very fast course of evacuation when the average is about 8-12 hours from time to eat, to out the exit.

Lori Jo Berg April 9, 2015 at 9:55 am

Hi Drew, thanks for reaching out. The best place to start is by adjusting your diet to see if this makes a difference. What is of most importance in your situation is the quality of the stool. http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Sandeep July 16, 2016 at 1:54 am

Earlier I used to suffer a lot due to incomplete evacuation and whole day, I used to suffer from Gas formation and swollen belly! !!
I have tried several treatments both Allopathic and Ayurvedic also but not getting satisfaction at all and my face used to remain dull, life less! !
Now, after several self trial and errors , I have developed new methodology to ensure complete evacuation and is working extremely well and paying me with Dividends! !!
I started consuming Cold Pressed Sesame Oil for cooking and occasional 1 TSP consumption through oral dosses . And another item is as below .
Powder made from Fenugreek seeds, Black Cummin seeds, taking during bedtime and drinking hot water before going to sleep.
Third item is consumption of tea made from following items without milk and sugar.
Cinnamon pieces, KalonjI seeds, white organic Cummin seeds, Elaichy( Cardamom ) , Ajwaine etc in very hot boiled water — Twice a day just half an before and after meals! !
Now Chronic Gas formation has vanished, poops started flowing quickly without trouble and with full evacuation! ! Face glow has also started improving now! !!
Please follow and relive yourself without spending Dollars to Doctors! !!

karthik March 26, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Hi recent days i am pooping 3 to 4 times a day, some times stool some times solid ,doctor say it as ulcer, is that could be that case or something worse more?

Lori Jo Berg March 27, 2015 at 10:28 am

Hi Karthik, thanks for reaching out! It is hard to say what is causing it, but we suggest starting with dietary changes first and going from there: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Dodo March 19, 2015 at 6:39 am

Hi, I’m on a GM diet and did n’t see poop for the past 4 days, is’t normal ?

Lori Jo Berg March 19, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Hi- Any time we see something like this it certainly is not normal. The SCD diet has helped many people not only with diarrhea, but with constipation as well. We suggest starting by addressing your diet with our free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/
Also, please read the following article on constipation, as it can be very helpful on your journey: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/
We also have an entire section of constipation related articles on our site, and these can be found here: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/constipation/

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Cathy March 2, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Ok so i poop between 4 and 8 times a day and my poop changes with each time i go it will change in color and consistency. I eat and with in hours poop my food out to where I can see what I have eaten. I go from total diarrhea to tiny Peeples and it’s always a feeling of incomplete. Like I’m not finished yet.. 2 months ago I had a severe episode of rectal bleeding and I am currently working with Doctors to figure out why. My blood work showed mildly high ALT liver enzymes so now I must see a gastrologist! I have severe bought of pain in my stomach but they don’t last long and a few times it was so bad I almost passed out cause the pain got so bad.. help

Lori Jo Berg March 11, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Hi Cathy, thanks for reaching out! The SCD diet has helped many people in your same shoes regain their health.
The best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/
From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

vil March 1, 2015 at 12:34 am

Hi All,

Sometimes after i eat certain foods (yet to diagnose) I have diarrhoea almost straightt away, sometimes i have bright red blood in the toilet bowl and on my toilet paper and don’t feel ’emptied’ Should i be worried?


Lori Jo Berg March 11, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Thank you for reaching out! We are truly grateful for the opportunity to connect with you. We suggest consulting iwth your doctor if you are worried in any way about your symptoms.
The SCD diet has helped many people in your same shoes regain their health.
The best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/
From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

Mollie February 25, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Can someone help me? I usually go 2 or 3 days without pooping. Lately my poop has been looking like number 5. I go about 2 times a day. I’m really worried!!

Lori Jo Berg February 25, 2015 at 9:19 pm

Hi Mollie, thanks for reaching out! We suggest starting by addressing your diet with our free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/ Also, this article would be a great one to review as well: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/

Heather-Ann February 21, 2015 at 10:13 pm

I poop once…every two-six days…not quite sure what to change for it to get better. I havent had bowel movements daily for as long as i remember though

Lori Jo Berg February 23, 2015 at 10:14 am

Hi Heather-Ann, thanks for reaching out! We suggest starting with dietary changes and the best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/ Also, you can read several more articles on constipation here: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/constipation/

Susan February 13, 2015 at 9:28 pm

I can go weeks without pooping until I feel sick I then take pills to go

Lori Jo Berg February 16, 2015 at 10:40 am

Hi Susan, thanks for reaching out! IT sounds like you need to address your diet first and we highly suggest reading more here: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/07/real-food-tips-constipation/

sasa February 6, 2015 at 3:05 pm

For all of you with runny stool 4-6 times a day that someone told you you have IBS, check for BLASTO and Gardia most commonly misdiagnosed condition. Over 40 MILLION Americans have some form of infection and they were told that they have IBS.

Alisha January 16, 2015 at 7:33 am

Usually I poop around 1 time a day but recently I’ve been pooping 3-4 times a day and small amounts. My poop is like type 4. And I feel empty after pooping. But I get a mild abdominal pain just before I poop. Is it fine or should I consult a doctor?

Lori Jo Berg January 16, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Hi Alisha, thanks for reaching out! It would be best to start paying attention to your diet to try and pin point any problematic foods. If you are looking for some guidance, please see our effective meal plans here: http://scdlifestyle.com/meal-plans/

sam January 16, 2015 at 7:19 am

morning right after I poop again I HV to poop. no matter how patiently I sit the first time I ll end up in bathroom just within five minutes. it’s not affecting my health in any way. but I d like to do it 1-2 times a day like a regular person. please help

Lori Jo Berg January 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Hi Sam, thanks for reaching out! This is a sign of constipation and we suggest adapting to a new diet such as the SCD diet or our Solving leaky gut diet, which is more comprehensive and will have a specific protocol for constipation: solvingleakygut.com

tabitha graves December 28, 2014 at 2:00 am

i was woundering if anyone could tell me what going on with me im not sure i have been having stomack pains alot but once i go sit on toliet and poop i feel better.also here within this year i started feeling nasua off and on when get stomack pain.

Lori Jo Berg December 30, 2014 at 7:34 pm

HI Tabitha, thanks for reaching out1 IT is hard to say what may be going on with out a full health history, but my best suggestion is to change your diet by starting on the SCD diet with our free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Marisa December 26, 2014 at 2:05 pm

My stool is a usually a 6. I have been diagnosed with leaky gut and on a glutten free diet but still have horrible heart burn. I only go once or twice a day but stool is never a 4. I have been on Premier Brand HCL and HCL activator but I don’t think it’s helping. I am working with a doctor but just not seeing the results. I keep losing weight and am very frustrated. I have a similar story to Kit’s. was on 3 rounds of antibiotics but I am extremely fatigued and as told I have weak or fatigued adrenals. So frustrated and want to gain weight back and enjoy eating again.

Lori Jo Berg December 26, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Hi Marisa, thank you for reaching out! we know it can be frustrating at times, but we encourage you to stick with it, tweak the diet as needed for your specific needs, and continue to fight for your health.

Marisa December 30, 2014 at 6:56 am

Thank you for responding. Is there anything I can do to put weight back on? My weight is dropping to much and I am beginning to look anorexic.

Lori Jo Berg December 30, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Hi Marisa, thanks for reaching out! This article may be helpful for you: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/04/5-real-food-weight-gain-shakes-paleo-scd/
Also, please remember that calories are not restricted on the SCD diet and spoonfuls of coconut oil is a great way to get more calories.

Kit December 20, 2014 at 8:54 am


For the past 2 weeks I notice that every time I poop, it floats. Every. TIME! I removed dairy from my diet, perhaps there was too much gas, but nothing. Sometimes my stool leaves marks on the toilet bowl when I flush. I am concerned that I am suffering from malabsorbtion? Celiac? I don’t know what I can do to help improve this.. (I should note, that I was on a string of antibiotics for 2.5 weeks prior to this issue, I don’t know if that is related. Also, as far as my energy levels, I feel fine. Just one day I went #2, and it floated, and it hasn’t stopped.)

Lori Jo Berg December 22, 2014 at 11:05 am

Hi Kit, thank you for reaching out! It sounds like you need a complete approach to address these issues, and we highly suggest looking into our Solving Leaky Gut program found here: solvingleakygut.com

Aadam December 13, 2014 at 5:15 am

Good article and helpful information. Thank you for sharing this to us. Thank you so much.

rachel November 29, 2014 at 12:56 am

Help! I only poop once every 2-3 days! What does this indicate? And I’m only 13 years old!

Lori Jo Berg December 1, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Hi Rachel, thank you for reaching out! Your bowels are not moving properly and you certainly need to look into some diet and lifestyle changes. Please go here for more information and to take the quiz:

Jacqualyn Alexander April 26, 2016 at 7:42 pm

So i have 1, maybe 2 bowel movements a month for atleast the last 15 years. But most doctors tell me it must be normal.

dev raj roy January 7, 2015 at 12:43 am

Hi m dev last 2 years m felling embrassing.becoz m nt fit my poops are not good.m goes to toilet3 4time a day n poops look like a snake n soft sometime stomach pain also.pls help me

Lori Jo Berg January 11, 2015 at 3:49 pm

Hi Dev Raj Roy, thanks for reaching out. The SCD diet has helped many people in your same shoes regain their health.
The best place to start is with our Free quick start guide here: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/
From here, we highly recommend following the directions in the eBook for best results: http://scdlifestylebook.com/

Aahmad November 24, 2014 at 3:01 am

Hi and thanks for this wonderful website.
I did not have any stomach and bowel problem before, but from last year after a 4 day period of pain and black stool it began. After that after 5 months I go to doctor for bowel problem and the problem was that my stool got very soft and shiny and I didn’t fell empty any time after going to toilet. I did a stool examination came back normal but a positive Helicobacter pylori but doctor didn’t give me meds except Bismuth. And now after about 4 months I came up with low grade pain in stomach and soft stool again I go and see another doctor he gave me meds to cure helico. I have to mention that I had 4 or 5 periods of acid reflux since last year too.
My stool is very soft but no watery at all, It comes out as soon as I sit on the toilet it looks like number 4 in bristol chart but I dont feel empty many times even after I took bismuth it is still very soft. I go to toilet once or twice every day.
Is my body normal? what’s my problem?

Lori Jo Berg November 24, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Hi Aahmad, thank you for reaching out! It sounds like you need to adapt to a new diet, such as the SCD diet, and possible get some more stool testing done. It would be best to change your diet first and see how you feel while doing that. You can start with our free quick start guide on scdlifestyle.com if you are interested.

Jen November 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Hi, I am glad someone wrote about this. I poop every day, 3-5 times a day on a normal day, when I’m having a bad day, 5-10!!!! There are even days when i will have a range of poop in the same hour!! I will be constipated one minute, like #2 or 3 then once i get it out, then its Diarrhea!! The fact that I am constantly going and I am overweight is extremely concerning to me. Can some one please give me an opinion on this? Thank you!!

Lori Jo Berg November 21, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Hi Jen, thank you for reaching out! It sounds like you need to adapt to a new diet, such as the SCD diet. There are many tools you can use to have healthy bowel movements, and this quick start guide is a great start: http://scdlifestyle.com/scd-quick-start-guide/

Kristi October 25, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Hi, #4 is what my poop looks like but it sinks. Is it supposed to sink or float?

Lori Jo Berg October 26, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Hi Kristi, thank you for reaching out! Your poop should sink to the bottom of the toilet.

allie October 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Hey so I poop like every 2-3 days, but on the days I do poop, it is every time I sit down on the toilet, which is at least five times a day, what is wrong with me

Lori Jo Berg October 22, 2014 at 7:25 am

Hi Allie, thank you for reaching out! This is a sign of constipation and we do suggest getting on a program such as the SCD diet to address the issue, as diet, supplements, and lifestyle changes are all part of the solution.

Zara October 9, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Hi is it normal to poop everyday? My poops are like type 4 had it now for about two weeks? I’m doing more exsurses now and also using cergem beds? Hater I poop my bum is really ichy :/ and feels like I need to go for poop again what cud this be please?

Lori Jo Berg October 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Hi Zara, thank you for reaching out! Yes, it is normal and healthy to poop each day, as this is one of the ways our bodies detoxes it’s self. If you feel you are not all the way done when you have had a bowel movement, this is a sign of constipation as well and we suggest you adapt a new diet, as well as a constipation protocol such as the one in our program here: http://healthygut.solvingleakygut.com/

kaytlyn September 8, 2014 at 1:27 am

Hi have an issue,I used to have regular bowel movements once daily until I had my son via c-section. I now have bowel movements like #6-#7 after every meal and I have horrible gas/stomach pain before and after this is really bothering me and I feel somethings wrong. Do you think I should seek medical attention from a health care provider of mine?

kaytlyn September 8, 2014 at 1:28 am

I also found out since I’ve had my son that I have ovarian cysts could this be linked with my issue

Lori Jo Berg September 9, 2014 at 6:09 pm

HI Kaytlyn, thank you for reaching out! It is always a good idea to find a practitioner you trust to oversee your medical concerns and decisions. If you are in need of one, you can find one here: http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners/ You can also try one of our programs, as they will help you address these issues you have mentioned.

Rob P September 4, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Okay I have been pooping 5-8 times a day every time is diarrhea for 5 days straight. I get stomach pain then have to go even waking up in the middle of the night. I have been eating healthy since the second day. Please let me know what I can do that isn’t expensive. I need help fast.

Jordan Reasoner September 5, 2014 at 9:16 am

HI Rob, thanks for reaching out today! Please try some digestive enzymes as well as remove any trigger foods from your diet. Here is a great article: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/06/stop-diarrhea-fast/

Rob P September 5, 2014 at 11:10 am

Thank you! I ordered Enzynes and Probiotic

kristy September 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm

i no my poop is not normal at all i dont have insurance
ive just started like 3 months ago taking high blood pressure medication
paying for that and not to mention over the contours diarrhea medication ive been having it for over a month now first thing in the morning i changed to decaf coffee and still right away diarrhea
in the late afternoon diarrhea sometimes 3 times a day
is there anything else i can do to get ride of this not sure if the medication is doing this to me but my blood pressure is down now this is happening it is a little irrating being i have kids to take care of so
is there a answer on how to get back to a regulr poop i no my die is off wack too 🙂
but im trying

Brent Kovacs September 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Hi Kristy,

Thanks for reaching out! We recommend starting SCD and giving it at least 30 days and see how you feel. You can find our book here: http://scdlifestylebook.com. Also, it would be a good idea to remove coffee completely until you know for sure you’re not reacting to it and much healing has occurred.

Alisha Ivey August 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Ok I have been having a bad problem and don’t have Insurance to go the doctor I have been pooping all day for two weeks and before that I didn’t poop for a month i normally only poop 3-4 times a week I haven’t changed my diet at all my poop has been 5-7 after I pooped the first two times from not going for a month and the first two times it was 1-3 all I know is I don’t like this at all my in a mad mood all the time my stomach is in pain please help

Steven Wright August 24, 2014 at 12:18 am

Hey Alisha – It’s a good idea to have a doctor who gets it on your side. In the meantime keep reading on this site. Get our free quick start guide and some digestive enzymes and you’ll be well on your way to easing the pain.

andrew August 19, 2014 at 5:03 pm


i changed my diet to include alot more healthy foods, im even eating less meat and drinking ungodly amounts of water. I took activia for 2 weeks (the cup said to take for only two weeks) and in the first week and a half my poop went from a type 2 to a type 4. But then it started to deteriorate back to a type 2 over the next 3 days. Im still pooping everyday, buts its very hard now, and i went from pooping in the mornings to pooping at random points in the day. This is the second time ive changed my diet and its the same result. Everything works well at first but then i get constipated again. I have no idea what to do. Also i never seem to let it all out when i go. Theres always some left over. Can anybody help me out??

Brent Kovacs August 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Hi Andrew, we suggest starting SCD from the intro diet and giving it at least 30 days to see how you feel. Two really key supplements to consider as well are digestive enzymes and betaine hcl. They can literally be a light switch for turning around GI problems.

albert August 16, 2014 at 11:52 pm



Brent Kovacs August 18, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Hi Albert, thanks for reaching out! In many cases, the first step comes down to a matter of figuring out the proper definition for your situation. Steve addresses constipation in depth in this blog post and what can be done to help turn things around: http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/10/4-common-signs-of-constipation/

leslie August 12, 2014 at 11:12 pm

WHAT causes “mucousy looking” poop….? I’m an artist who works with natural clays and worry about parasites from invisible eggs…My doctor said she wouldn’t worry if I have no intestinal distress, but….

Peace June 14, 2014 at 3:40 pm

OMG the low carb for too long rings true for me, before Paleo I went on the restrictive anti-yeast diet then gluten free, all three restrictive carb diets, no wonder I crave pasta :0
My diet is too restrictive and so is my bowel!
Where is the constricted HB pencil on the stool chart???
Hmmm….my hormones are unbalanced, I’m an emotional mess, insomnia and no NRG!
I thot my cortisol is low and my adrenals crashed, can this be fixed by adding carbs and salt?
The salt deprivation rings true, as does the fat deprivation.
I have to re-train myself to eat properly now that I’m somewhat gut healed I guess, this trial and error process is exhausting and complicated.
I did manage to go from IBS alternating to IBS-C though, IBD still inflammation but not ulcerated,no pain or gas during my lengthy remissions, no meds all diet.

Deb April 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm

I was wondering about floating poop also. Mine seldom sink and are usually a 4.


Andrew January 19, 2018 at 9:02 pm

Mine too. It seems it’s either caused by fat in the stool or gas.

D.Kay April 4, 2014 at 5:41 pm

How about poop that is so soft and smooth that is sticks to the bowl? Isn’t that the ‘tarry’ poop we hear about? What does that indicate?? Also have indigestion mentioned in last comment with gas symptoms after meals (like air stuck under sternum) and at times alot of burping.

Gina Catalano April 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm

I’m almost to week 4 of Phase 1 Tough Case and I was constipated for the first week. I was advised to take CALM magnesium to soften the poop and now I go about every other day but it varies between a 6 and 7. I had stopped taking Betaine HCl because I was taking Aleve and Tylenol 3 times a day to manage the RA pain and swelling. I am now almost symptom free except when I introduced pears and then zucchinis. It takes about three days for the symptoms to go away. I’m a bit concerned about my poops and went back to Bitters when I began experiencing indigestion a few days ago and gas symptoms after each meal (I don’t think it’s heatburn, but it feels like air is stuck right under my sternum.
Should I be concerned? Is it common to react to pears and zucchini? I’m supposed to introduce apples and I’m a bit nervous….

Amy April 3, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Is it normal to have type 1 some days and type 4 some days?

Selina April 3, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Hi there but I was wondering should a healthy poop sink or float??!!!!

jim March 31, 2016 at 8:39 am

Poop floating or sinking depends on how much fat is in your diet

susan April 3, 2014 at 4:46 pm

So glad to see you guys addressing incomplete poops…one of the hallmarks of IBS…especially IBS-C. Could you please comment back on this: I may have to go 1-4 times/day, but sometimes my colon ‘wrenches up’…like there is a charleyhorse in it. The poop is there, but the colon spasms and will not move it along. Gets tough to eat, because you feel very backed up, gassy, full and in pain. and…In many that have IBS-C, fat exacerbates this rather than helping it. I eat clean, take probiotics, recently had a pretty normal stool sample test and am taking enzymes for commensal bacteria found. Would love to hear what you have to say. THANKS! and best to you for you continued good work and success.

Rhi May 8, 2014 at 2:35 am

I’m no expert, but maybe a squatty potty would help you out. I own one. It elevates your feet so that you are in a more natural squatting position, which helps your lower digestive (pooping muscles) relax and work more effectively. There is a really good (not graphic) video on youtube and you can buy the product on Amazon. Here’s the video link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYcv6odWfTM

Good Luck Susan!

Stephanie Hawkins June 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Omgoodness this is me all the way. Sometimes i go 4 days without pooping. I have IBS-C, auto immune disease, mental issues….blah blah blah you name it I feel it. Been living like this since I was 15, I’m now 38 . Its exhausting and controls my life. I had it under the most control last year thru Paleo diet and crossfit. I had never felt better. However, I allowed work stress and excuses to take over and I’m back where I started two years ago. I want to get back on track but struggle to make ‘today the day’ I change. If I poop once a day its a magical day. I know this is not a response to your question to the experts, its nice to know I’m not alone in this struggle.

Gen October 18, 2016 at 6:23 am

You just explained me. Like me everyday. That’s insane.

Laura December 11, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Hi! So I would like to point out there is a connection being made between psychological health and gut health. They are positively correlated which means one is doing good so will the other and same with both doing bad. Also there are many instances of people improving on a gluten-free diet whether or not they officially test as celiac. Those people often have a leaky gut and if it’s went on long enough develop autoimmune conditions. If I was in your situation I would get to the “gut” of things. Also if psych meds have largely been affective, “treatment resistant” this would also be yet another indicator of systemic inflammation. ** Ineffective not affective-sorry just woke up. Dr Amy Myers has a program that addresses leaky gut. It’s $197, if you watch the webinar. She not only addresses leaky gut, but also addresses autoimmunity treatement as well. It’s a bit of a commitment, but it’s less of a commitment than having multiple illnesses run your life and paying for visits to get meds that sometimes help and can have lots of side effects

Alison April 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Thanks for this very informative and well written article on poop! I’ve shared it on my FB page, and hope to encourage others to not only pay attention to their own poop, but (if possible) to their children’s poop. It’s an easy way to assess your child’s health and make sure their little bodies are happy and healthy!

Poonam Srivastava July 15, 2015 at 7:02 am

I’VE shared it too!

People are so funny around poop. Like kids. But for me, this is first line in owning your own health.

I am a Reiki practitioner/teacher. So I don’t mind going out on the ledge. Good on all us poop watchers. It’s what binds us together!

franz April 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm

im doing paleo diet. And for my stool, when it first comes out, its firmed with banana shape, just like the type 4, but after half mins into the water,they are gradually turn into type 6..is it normal? and whats the cause for this situation.. thx

Monique September 25, 2014 at 3:06 pm

It’s normal because when poop touches water it won’t stay for a long time.

Sydnie March 14, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Hey, my poop is usually number 3 or 4, but i don’t poop daily. I am in the right weight range for my age, and ai eat healthy(normally about the right amout of food as well). So I was wondering what’s going on?

Mariel Heiss March 18, 2016 at 4:28 pm

Hi Jade! Welcome to the SCD Lifestyle community. Congrats on being so close to finishing school.

It is really impossible to give an EXACT definition of what is and isn’t constipated as it is a little different for each person. Maybe for YOU, pooping only a day means you’re constipated – for other people, pooping just once a day is healthy and normal.

Frequency has to be considered with all the other factors – like what kind of stool you’re having, the ease of going, and if the frequency has been a change (for example you go from pooping three times a day to pooping only once a day suddenly – or you poop just once a day and you have a number #1 on the chart everytime)

It is kind of crazy to think that every single person would always poop every morning and afternoon (if they were healthy) when you consider how amazingly diverse humans are in every other way. We are unique and so are our bathroom habits! You’re right, though, that it is very important to avoid constipation – and we have en entire section of articles devoted to just that here: http://scdlifestyle.com/category/constipation/

Julie July 2, 2016 at 4:39 pm

I haven’t read all the responses and replies however I’m curious if you did mention the position of squatting in order to poop rather than sitting with your feet on the ground while on the toilet, which causes the sphincter muscle to close and creates straining w/ pooping. I now have a Squatty Potty stool at my commode, and find it does help considerably. I think this is such an important aspect of pooping, but I didn’t see it here and I just wanted to make sure that it was mentioned!

Lorena April 12, 2016 at 8:19 am

Hey, so this might be because you are dehydrated. Try to increase your intake of water to 8 cups a day and you’ll see a big difference. Also, exercize makes you poop more frequently (personal experience). Hope this helps 🙂

Bob August 30, 2016 at 12:54 pm

The problem is either two of these
1. You have got a bad bug in your stomach and that is causing diahrea
2. You may have coeliac disease like me were I was healthy and in shape and I pooped like 10 times a day so if I were you I would get a blood test done from your local doctor and see if you have got coeliac disease and then if you have further treatment will be given???

Kellie August 7, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Maybe I am weird. Well, I KNOW I am weird. But it is easier for me if I lean back rather than squat. Especially if I am constipated. The urge almost seems to go away the more I bend over. I haven’t figured out why. But there it is.