After we selected Poo-Pourri as one of the products in the fall Yuzen box and started using it regularly at home (isn’t it great?), we got to thinking… why does poop smell so awful anyway? And why do bowel movements seem like such a gross, icky, taboo subject when they’re a perfectly natural bodily function? Everybody poops!
So we did a little research, and we found out not only why poop smells, but a bowlful of other interesting scoops on poop, too:
SCOOP: Poop stinks.
Yep, we all know that after someone “goes number 2,” the bathroom stinks to high heaven. (Unless, of course, you spritzed the water with your Poo-Pourri first.) Fact is, poop should smell. Bowel movements are the body’s way of eliminating waste and bacteria, so what comes out is definitely not going to smell like it did when it went in. Plus, scientists believe that, biologically speaking, it stinks so that humans and non-human animals will steer clear of it and its harmful bacteria. After thousands of poops in your lifetime, you definitely know what your own smells like, so if you notice any changes—like if it’s stronger or more putrid than usual—then you might want to call your doctor, because the change in smell could be a sign of infection.
SCOOP: There is no “normal” when it comes to poop.
Everyone is a littledifferent in regards to frequency, size, and color of their BMs. But only you know what’s “normal” for you, so if you see any changes, like jet-black stool or blood spots, call your doctor right away. Before you call, though, stop and think about what you ate. Beets can turn the stool red, and artificial colors (like the blue in blue jello) can make it change colors, too. Observe your poop after every bowel movement so you can notice any changes right away.
SCOOP: Yep, shape matters.
A stool’s shape is a little different for everyone, but a log-like, S-shaped stool is generally considered to be a healthy one. If you see something out of the ordinary, though, you should get it checked out. Hard pebbles could be caused by not eating enough fiber or drinking enough water. Pencil-thin strands, however, could be the sign of something more serious; if you look down and see those, call your doctor.
SCOOP: Poop should sink, not float.
If your BM floats, it could be a sign of excess gas, or possibly poor absorption of nutrients. If it happens just once, you’re probably fine. If it happens regularly, check with your doctor or nutritionist (and eat more fiber!).
SCOOP: Poo-Pourri really works!
Just spritz a few sprays into the bowl before you go; the natural essential oils create a film-like barrier on the surface of the water that traps odor underneath. Visitwww.poopourri.com to browse all the available scents, like “Trap-a-Crap” with cedarwood and citrus, “Ship Happens” with coconut and freesia, and “Royal Flush” with eucalyptus and spearmint.