floaters until recently

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Mo asks:

Most of my life my poos have been floaters, until recently. The past week I've been dropping sinkers like never before, and I was wondering if poo reflects life changes? I've moved to a new small apartment and now walk to classes everyday. The only change in my diet has been eating much less because of my tightened budget. Any thoughts?


Dear Mo,

Thank you for asking this important question. Poo is ABSOLUTELY reflective of life changes. Poo is extremely sensitive to your state of mind, and overall well-being. An example of this would be; getting out of a troublesome relationship with a real "pain in the ass" usually results in getting rid of other pains in the ass such as irritable bowel syndrome, and vice-versa.

As far as floaters and sinkers...well, the amount of gas in your system along with the type of foods that you eat play a part in whether your shit will sink or swim. High fat content in poop makes it float. Gas that is not farted out and is mixed in with the poop also will make it float.

Since your food intake has decreased, and your activity level has increased, your body is probably absorbing and using for energy more of the fat content that used to be passed out in your poop than before, and walking usually helps to let off alot of steam, resulting in poo that sinks.

Those are my thoughts on that.

Thanks for asking Motherload!

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26 Comments on "floaters until recently"

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I think Poonurse would disagree with you about the fat-content of a diet, if I remember correctly. But the gas thing is absolutely right.
Also Mo, don't be alarmed by your sinkers, Poonurse said they were the most common and healthy turds.

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I don't think there's such a thing as a "healthy" poop. To say that a floater is healthy implies that you should strive to have floating poop. That's not the case. What you should strive for is to eat a healthy diet and live a healthy lifestyle. If you're doing that, it doesn't matter if your poop floats or sinks.

So to say floating poop is better is misleading. A healthy diet is better, and one of the signs of a healthy diet might be that your poop floats. The state of your poop shouldn't be your objective -- the state of your body should be your objective.

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Hey there Poopaloopas! I just want you to be aware that I do make an honest effort to do a little research on the topics that are presented to me before giving any answer, and I have now researched the late Poonurse and Dr Adam's previous responses to this type of question as well.

Poonurse says in her detailed report on Floating And Sinking Poop, "Conventional medical wisdom attributes Floaters to the amount of fat in your poop. While this IS true for certain diseases (cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, biliary atresia, abetalipoprotenimia and a few other weird sounding illnesses), it is NOT true for your run-of-the-mill healthy person."

Then she goes on to say, "Actually, it is gas that does it. Increased levels of air and gas in the poop make it less dense, and cause it to float. Simple as that."

On the same subject, Dr Adams responded, "The floating poop has more to do with the fat/fiber you eat than the methane that you produce."

My personal answer was based on research that I did which led me to this site, which states: "A normal stool should be soft, may be formed, effortless to pass and should be medium to dark brown in colour - does not float - but sinks to the bottom of the toilet bowl."

When scrolling down the page, there is a box with poop signs and causes. Next to the poop sign- "pale yellow, floating" is the cause-"Too much fat in the diet."

As I am not a medical doctor, just as Poonurse was not, anything that I say in response to a question should only be taken as seriously as anything else that can be found on the internet. But I will do my best not to mislead anyone if it can be helped.

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I agree with Motherload. I've seen for myself that my poop definitely indicates changes. Dave is right too. I have floaters, sinkers, LiquiShit(most of the time), and lots of stuff in between, and I don't even care. My body itself really isn't changing all that much. I'm still fat and about the same weight all the time, and my overall feeling is the same. I must be doing something right; I'm maintaining well.

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Poop size is a critical factor too. Often I have one continuous turd - 4,6, 8 or more inches. Such long, solid and continous doo-doo-franks are always sinkers; small pellets on the other end are more likely to be floaters. The larger issue here is our personal habits of observing our poop. Poop reporters are clearly in the gotta-look-at-my-poop segment of the population. But let me assure you that many people think it gross to always examine your poop production. This is a sad reflection of course on our society. Shameful shitters are probably in the majority. Perhaps they need a video instruction CD teaching them the many benefits of inspecting their poop, just like looking on your skin for cancer or women feeling for lumps. Shit inspection is a potentially potent social issue.

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Delusional, I thought guys needed to check for lumps too. ;-)

fartass60411's picture
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The longest my poo ever floated was 17 days....No joke.

GottaGoGirl's picture
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Did you use it as a R A F T ?!? You're weird.

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Where did you drop a load that you could watch for 17 days anyway?

Fart Poopie's picture
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Do you have a pool in your backyard? Remind me never to go swimming at your house.

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What causes your hole to feel like it is still open once you are done with your poop?

Double Flush's picture
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After a particularly large poop, sometimes it does stay open. As the unofficial resident sexpert, I can tell you that your hole does stay loose and open for a while after stretching it, but it will shrink back. Maybe this is what you are experiencing.

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I find that my arse feels like it's stayed open after a shit particularly if I've been on the receiving end of a good bumming session a day or so before!

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Woah, back up. "Resident sexpert?" When did you become that, DF?

Double Flush's picture
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In my IMs and with people I know, I've answered a lot of sex related questions. No one has had a problem with my answers, so I must be doing something right...

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It's like when Catholic priests do marriage counselling.
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OMG I love this site, i have not laughed this hard in a while...Thanks to you who have created it and those who keep it going.... :)

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I do believe that their is such a thing as a healthy poop, but that there is a window for what is considered healthy (IE, a very narrow, pich black, and smelly turd covered in mucous or blood is certainly not healthy, not is diarreah). Those are signs that the body is screaming "something is wrong" and require immediate correction.

I agree with you dp, it is very unfortunate that most people are grossed out at even the sight of poop. I have always examined my poop very well before flushing it down. I also take any changes in my poop very seriously, as a result, I have the same bowel movements at 30 years old that I had when I was a teenager, and I feel like I am still a teenager healthwise.

There is a medical saying "death begins in the colon". This is very true, as the digestive system is where all nutrients are absorbed. If the digesetive system is neglected, the body will eventually be less and less able to effeciently utilize nutrients, then nutritional deficiency diseases begin. First wrinkled skin, fatiuge, and minor aches and pains. Then major things like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, all because the body is not getting proper nutrition from the digestive system.

As for floaters, I find that some people have more floaters, while others have sinkers. It is just the individual.

Like you dp, I have one continuous log, usually 8 to 10 inches long, and always a very dense sinker.

This would make a good PR poop experiment. Compare the diets of the "floaters" to the diets of the "sinkers", and see if there is any correlation.

I will now get of my soap box.
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Funniest good medical discussion in a long time.

Ain't it the shits!

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Well, from a physics point of view, the reason that there are sinkers and swimmers has to do with Archimede's Principle. This is better known as Bouyancy. Essentially, if a turd floats then the mass of the turd is less than the mass of the water it displaces. If it sinks, then its heavier than the water it displaces.

This is true whether you're talking about shits or ships. A ship's weight is called its displacement. It is calculated by calculating the volume of displaced water and then multiplying by the density of water (1 gram per cubic centimeter at 4 degrees Celsius).

And therein lies the true defining characteristic of turd bouyancy: density. Since density is, by definition, weight per unit of volume (weight/volume) and since the volume of the turd exactly equals the volume of the water displaced, if the turd is denser than water, the turd will sink. If the turd is less dense, it will float

Turds are composed of water, other solids and other gases. Water is water whether it's in your dook or not. So the water content of your turd is not a factor, when figuring out your turd's bouyancy (although it's a huge factor in figuring out whether it's a slider or strainer when coming out of your butt). That only leaves the solids and the gases to account for turd bouyancy.

Given that, there would be no point in eating and pooping if your digestive tract were only engaged in liquids. It is the solids that are eaten that cause your turds. That is, if you didn't eat solids, all of your nutritional intake would be in the form of liquids, ergo your intestines would be pretty pointless and your kidneys would likely fill your entire abdominal cavity. Talk about having to take a leak!

So in any given turd, the water in the turd is balanced out by water in the toilet, the solid is why you have turds, and that only leaves gas. That is why your turds either float or sink: gas content. If the average density of the solid-gas combination is greater than that of water, straight to the bottom it goes. And if it's less than that of water, they'll float.

Which brings us to our next question about turds. Everybody seems concerned with the whole floater/sinker phenomena. This begs the question. Why don't turds float somewhere below the surface or set on the bottom? Why are turds only like boats or boat anchors? Specifically, why don't you see anything in your toilet bowl like a submarine? Oh, sure, they maybe shaped like subs being tapered on both ends. But that's more for the convenience of your butt hole, so that it doesn't slam shut when the turds on it's way out, especially when passing a dook of unhuman diameter. That is, why aren't their semi-floaters or semi-sinkers? Why only alligators or lobsters but never any true squids?

More on that tomorrow. Maybe. But first I have to go take a dump. And contemplate this question further.

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I have had semi-floaters that eventually sink to the bottom. Most toilets aren't deep enough to accomodate a mid- level floater of average size. Maybe the experiment should be conducted in a swimming pool.

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Don't care if they float or sink,
I just know them bastards stink.
Whether pooped at dusk or dawn,
Or in a pile on the front lawn.
If sunken in a urine sea
Or proudly afloat for all to see
Hard as brick or soft and runny,
In circumstances dire or funny,
In tales on Poopreport told,
It may be shit, but this stuff's gold.

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I have had the "runs" for about two months off and on. Some mucus and dark green. THIS MORNING--I SWEAR TO GOD I had an alien. It looked like a light brown capsule floating--I needed to know what it was so i scooped it out of the toilet and it was slick--then I finally squished it and this white cottage cheese stuff was inside--then of course I disinfected my hands--"WHAT THE HE** WAS THAT???????

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fist, eew..and second, I'd've gone to a Dr. after the first month..can't wait to hear about what it was...

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DookieDoll......Depending on your age and appearance you may qualify for a free rectal exam from Dr. Galen ThunderButt.


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fartass, did you experiment on how long your shit will float? As for the question, the fat content of your poo has to do with it and as Dave said, eating healthy is a good thing.
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