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Why Does My Poop Float?

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Everybody poops, even the Queen poops though it's probably in an awesome gold toilet. Have you ever wondered why some of your poop sinks and others float? Pull up a chair, it’s time to talk sh*t.

Why Some Poop Floats

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Most poop sinks but if it floats, it's likely because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Gas: This one makes sense. If there is more gas trapped in your stool, it will float in the toilet bowl. Where do these gases come from? Our digestive system has tons of gases like nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, methane, and hydrogen in it. The bacteria in your gut release them as part of digestion. These gases can become stuck in your waste and create a floater.

  2. Fiber: Our friend fiber can also make a floater. Fiber isn't fully digested so it retains water and adds bulk to the stool, which can make your toilet treasure more likely to float.

  3. Malabsorption: Certain conditions affect your body's ability to absorb nutrients properly like celiac disease, bile acid deficiency, and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) leading to more fat being present in your stool because it wasn't absorbed properly.

Be aware of floating stools that are extra unpleasant in odor, that may signal an underlying medical condition. When in doubt, consult your doctor.

Overall one should monitor any changes in smell, firmness, frequency, or color of poop as it can indicate there is a problem. In short, look at your poop and talk to your doctor. 

Bonny: The Source of Pleasant Poops

You are probably thinking how can I up my poop game? Bonny is an all-natural, plant-based fiber that tastes amazing and makes you go poop. Available in amazing flavors like Apple Pie, Mixed Ripe Berries, and Super Strawberry

As always, we wish you pleasant poops!

Sources: Mount Sinai, WebMD, and Heathline