Floaters Or Sinkers... The Scoop On Poop

How Does Your Poop Stack UP?

While a quick look into this matter will typically favor sinkers, others say floaters indicate a diet containing a good amount of fiber.

Research shows that those who eat more fiber, usually have greater colonies of bacteria in the lower gut. The more bacteria, the more the poop will contain gasses from the bacteria. It is these gasses from the bacteria that make the poop less dense and can be one reason for floating poop.

Undigested Fats & Poop That Sticks To The Toilet Bowl

Sometimes a floating stool will stick to the side of the toilet bowl and is difficult to flush. Or perhaps you might have noticed an oily sheen on the surface of the water. This can be a sign that fats have not been properly digested.

If you are concerned about consistent floating poops, talk with a trusted health practitioner about the health of your liver, gallbladder and pancreas, all of which are involved in producing the bile that is used to digest fats.


I have also noticed when I am cleansing that I have what I call "the sludgy bile poops." I don't know for sure but my guess is since we are eliminating the fat these poops during the cleanse are when our body is eliminating stored fats or the toxins that are being eliminated once the sludgy bile begins to move again.


Yesterday it was interesting to note that my hubby Geoff and I both had "sludgy bile poops" around the same time of day after drinking our tall glass of celery juice. It was the fact that we are both on the cleanse, not doing fats and had this same type of poop at around the same time post celery juice that makes me think these are indeed what I think they are.

Celiac Disease

Floating poops could also be a sign of celiac disease as gluten leaves the gut inflamed and unable to digest food properly. If you notice floating stools that are grey or tan in color, and have a foul odor, this could be a sign to consider stop eating gluten and see if that changes. If you see floating, soft, diarrhea-like stool frequently or for an extended period, then it would be wise to go get tested to see if you have celiac.


Diarrhea (Chronic, Intermittent, Long Term)


According to Anthony William he says in his book Cleanse To Heal: "True cause: A gut filled with unproductive bacteria such as strains from the over 50 groups of Streptococcus and one or more of the several common E.coli varieties; and/0r viruses; and/0r yeast, mold, or other unproductive fungus causing inflammation in various parts of the small or large intestinal tract. This can lead to a variety of gastrointestinal diagnoses.

What To Look For

At the end of the day, is the buoyancy of poop (or lack thereof) the most important thing to focus on? I think not. More important is to first make sure you are getting an adequate amount of fiber in your diet. The goal is at least 35 grams per day. And just to make what matters very clear, if you notice any blood in your stool, that should alert you to immediately consult with your doctor.

Next you might want to start paying attention to the frequency, shape, color and smell.

Here is a checklist to determine if you are a healthy pooper:

  • Do you eliminate at least once per day (but not more than three times)?

  • Are your poops smooth and about the shape of a banana, not too hard and not too soft (and not like little deer pellets).

  • Is the color an even medium brown with no visible bits of food, fat, blood or mucus?

  • Does your poo smell fairly neutral, not overly unpleasant?

The more “yes” answers to the above, the better your poop health is!

One last note: It is not unusual to experience a mix of floaters or sinkers on different days, given different factors (stress factors, how much water you are drinking, how much fiber and fat content in your foods, toxic load, etc), along with some that just seem to hover in the water taking time to settle.



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