All About Poop

OhKAY! Poop! Ayurveda talks a lot about poop, all about poop. And in case nobody ever mentioned it, I am here to tell you, you should poop every day! And ideally in the morning. I know, I know, not glamorous. But it’s important to talk about poop. The only way we can tell what’s happening on the insides is by what comes out.

Why is it so important? Because it is a direct reflection of our digestion, which is of #1 importance. If poop doesn’t come out, that means we are keeping the garbage inside. If we poop too much, we might not be absorbing the nutrients from the food like we should. So look at your poop! It’s important.

Now that I’ve broken the ice and we are in poop mode, let’s go into it a little more.

Ideal Poop: Ideally you should go in the morning after waking up. If you are really healthy, your need to go might even wake you up. That’s awesome. The poop should float and should be one solid piece – like a big brown floatey banana (oh come on, you can handle it). However! If there are any fats/oils in your poop or floating in the water, that is not at all good. That means there is so much fat/oil in the body that it’s coming out in the poop.

Sinking Poop: If your poop sinks, you ate something that’s too heavy or off harmony with your natural balance. It could also be a sign of toxins, but that’s not always true either. You can correct sinking poop mostly by changing your diet and eating foods that balance your dosha(s). For example, a pitta person might eat salads and their poop will float. A vata person might eat salads and their poop will sink. It’s per your individual balance.

Seeing food in the Poop: This means that your food is not being digested or absorbed. It’s going in and coming right out. A main cause is not chewing the food properly. Our stomach says, “I dunno what to do with this…I don’t have teeth. I’ll just send to the intestines and colon and let them deal with it.” And out it goes. So chew your food!

Constipation: Constipation is a vata problem because of the dry and light qualities. The colon is the seat of vata and a good clue that someone has increased vata is that they can’t poop. It’s mostly due to dryness where the little stoolies get all hard and can’t move. A person may not be eating enough oils/fats (lubrication) and/or not drinking enough water. Constipation has a major effect on concentration, moods, and can cause headaches. Literally the crap stays inside and it toxifies the enitre system. Unreleased emotions can also cause constipation. So for the sake of pooping, learn to let it go.

Diarrhea: According to Ayurveda, if someone has diarrhea, let them have it! The body is trying to rid something, so let it work itself out. The problem occurs when it just turns to water and then it needs to be stopped. For the most part though, the body is angry about what’s inside and it needs to get rid of it. As long as it’s not frequent, just let it happen. If it’s frequent, a nutritional (and maybe emotional) check is in order.

Loose Poop In Pieces: Pitta types usually experience poop in pieces. And they tend to poop more than once a day. Their fire and water elements cause the poop to lose it’s form a little and can be too watery. Healthy amounts of fiber would help dry it out a little so it sticks together in a nice poo form. Sometimes pittas feel like the poop wasn’t complete – like they still have to go. That could be because the pieces are breaking off and not coming out all the way.

Big, Lots o’ Poop: Kaphas will have a very healthy poop (probably why they are always so happy) and there will be a lot of it. Kaphas have to be mindful that there is no excess oil or mucus in their stools. If there is, it means that there is too much heaviness in the body and is a sign of ama. Kaphas need to keep up with their fiber and veggies to get their poop to float.

Really Smelly Poop: That’s not a good sign. It’s a sign of ama and/or a sign that the food didn’t get absorbed all the way. Perhaps the body cannot process what was eaten.

Ok that’s enough for now. Remember, this is all according to Ayurveda. Any poop questions?

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69 Responses to All About Poop

  1. Alison says:

    My primary dosha is vata with a little bit of pitta. With the season, school, work, and general life stress my vata is a little out of control. I’ve been eating to ground myself. My morning BMs are regular but come on with such urgency that I jokingly refer to them as code brown situations and they have been very runny for the past couple of years. Any suggestions how I can harden them up?

  2. Pari says:

    Hi Monica

    Your article is great. I enjoyed reading it. Its so nice of you to offer to help and answer questions, for free.

    I have a vata constitution and I eat a pretty healthy diet of whole grains, fiber, oils and tons of water. No processed foods and mostly cooked and warm foods.

    I have complete elimination most days but I have to go more than once in the morning. Once close to waking up(perfect poop) and second after an hour to two(usually thinner, sometimes disintegrates).

    I would like to get it all out the first time. And do with lesser water/tea in the morning. Otherwise, pee every 30 minutes till noon :)

    I drink 4 cups of chamomile tea in the morning and as much warm water as needed to have the complete elimination. Usually about 2 liters.

    Most days, I eat an avocado to two, one in the morning and one afternoon. Take 1.5 tsp of psyllium husk during the day. Eat meals cooked with generous amount of coconut oil. Also eat a little ghee some days.

    It would help tremendously to free up my morning time.

    THANK YOU!

    • Monica says:

      hi Pari! Why?! Sounds like you are doing great! If you are pooping right away in the morning and then again a couple hours later…that sounds pretty good to me!! I would not worry about that. Kaphas have large amounts of poop, vatas usually have such constipation problems. I say, give yourself a HIGH FIVE and keep doing what you’re doing! :)

  3. sarah says:

    Hi,
    Please provide remedies for oil poop that floats.

  4. Isa says:

    Hi Monica!

    I love reading your blog! I have one question I am a 28 year old pitta female and I drink every morning a cup of warm milk and 8 dates with a shot of coffee in it, this makes me go every morning , I have sinking poop and floating poop at the same time. Is this normal? I feel fine, but like you mentioned sometimes I feel like I didnt finish going.

    some extra info: (I eat max 3 x a day,I drink 2litres of water per day and eat lots of salads and light protein aswell as apples and pears and after a meal I have a piece of dark chocolate with some goji berries. Also 3 x a week in the mornings since Iam doing some weight training exercise I eat a mixed cold musli with flaxseed and oatmeal to get energy.)

    Am I doing something wrong?…are goji berries and dates good for pitta to stay in balance?…is my morning breakfast a good choice to make me go?

    thank you!
    All the best,
    Isa

  5. Alice says:

    I believe I would be a pitta in the mornings because very eary in the mornings I have loose poop in pieces. how to fix this? doc said I was all ok.

  6. Alice says:

    Hi! This article is great! I usually poop right in the mornings after waking up, which I think is good. Usually its in a few chuncks like 2 inches per piece and a little on the loose side but not too bad. and later throughout the day I have perfect poop. is it okay that in the mornings its in pieces/loosish? my mom said it looked completely normal and doc said I had no bacteria or anything. maybe eating fiber will help fatten it up? or is it jus cause im usually super tired and cold and nervous about school when I have to wake up super early and this causes poop to be like that. but on the weekends its completely normal. thanks!

  7. Tracey says:

    Hi Monica,
    I’ve been constapated for a month now and I have notices that when I do get to go to the toilet there is oil coming out more than poo? Should I get it checked out? I’m a fit person who doesn’t eat a lot of fatty foods.

    • Monica says:

      Hey Tracey! A few questions: Were you regular before this past month? And if so, what changed in the past month? Do you have extra stress or did you change your diet at all? Are you sleeping well? Are you doing any different exercises or over-exercising?

  8. shareka knight says:

    What does it mean when your child poops looks & feel like black dirt?

  9. Maugan says:

    Hi Monica, I have constipation and diarrhea. Its so frustrating at the moment. I eat well and I eat meat. when I can poop its very yellow and semi digested and is very watery. It doesn’t smell which I find strange. I have started being very mindful of fibre and water consumption and making sure i get Plenty of both through my day but its been like this for over a week and it doesn’t seem to be changing at all… any ideas would be amazing :)

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  11. victoria says:

    Hi monica, I find it really hard to go to the toilet, i have to really push for a tiny bit to come out and sometimes nothing comes out.I can go for two weeks without using the toilet and when o force it to come out, its usually soft and smooth and have been experiencing abdominal pain

  12. Ellen says:

    Thank you Monica! A salt water flush is a colon cleanse whereby you drink a liter of warm water with 2 teaspoons of sea salt first thing in the morning. The cleansing action takes about an hour to set in and then you need to be near the bathroom. I did not have as much success as others claim, but did see a huge change in my bowel movements since then. I found your article quite helpful. Thank you.

    • Monica says:

      Hi Ellen!
      Oh I see. In Ayurveda, we might recommend a castor oil cleanse (similar except you drink castor oil with some fruit juice. I’m totally not lying.) which is great for removing excess pitta. Or! You could do a basti (oil enema. not lying about that one either.) which is really good for vata types because it nourishes and lubricates the area where vatas need it most; the colon. Anyway, I am happy to talk more about poo and cleanses. If you want more info, the radio show about cleanses might give you some more info. All my best!

  13. Ellen says:

    Hello Monica,

    I tried to do a salt water flush this week and it only helped a bit. But ever since, I have very very soft poo and lots of undigested particles. Should I try to flush again or leave it.

    Thank you !

    • Monica says:

      Hi Ellen! I’m unfamiliar with a salt water flush – what’s that? Is it like a salt water enema? Let me know – based on what it is, I will be able to guide you.

  14. anthony says:

    What about bloody loose vegetable oil looking poop. I eat a good fiber diet and stay away from fast food and red meat because it makes my poop smell like iron really bad.I’ve also had diarreah for 2 years straight. Was told i had crohns before but never given any meds.

    • Monica says:

      Hi Anthony, I suggest you go to see your doctor right away. Blood in your poop could be an indicator of something pretty serious – better go get that checked!! Sending you my best vibes and keep me posted. Best, Monica

  15. Mel says:

    I think I’m dying. I am 38 yrs old M 5’8″ 170lb. I work offshore and am a US citizen. I have not passed a normal stool in years. My stool is always about .5″ dia, slimy and sinks. Over this weekend I gave myself 2 enemas and have had 3 diarhetic pills a day to no avail. I eat fish and veggies constantly. My breakfast is fruits and 1/4 bagel. My lower back hurts constantly and my right side abdomen. Please advise.

  16. Susta says:

    Hi MOnica

    I have pebbly poop . I am sure I am a pitta. I get big hard heat boils on my forehead. I had good once a day poop about 9-10 months back, but now its pebbly on say 50% days. and then I feel like going more than once. I eat extremely healthily. Sometimes I wonder if I am having too little oil..;)

    Please help I feel there is a connection between the heat boils and the poop…:

  17. joe says:

    I am 20 years old been experiencing abdomen pain sharp pains in right & left side of stomach along with bloating, gas, dirahea, sometimes constipation, lost weight as well abt 30lbs, once or twice had bloody stool, doctors checked gallbladder, liver,kidneys all is fine white blood cells are also okay. I do not understand what’s happening but its constant been going on for 3-4 months now my life is so hard to live my gym lifestyle has been ruined due to not being able to eat enough feels like water is always moving around in my stomach at all times please help.

    • Monica says:

      Hi Joe,
      Hm sounds like something that we might need to talk about together? A little tough to figure out over email, BUT you can try making some kitchari and eating that for a few days to see if the pains go away and if your digestion starts to regulate itself. Obviously this is a “quick fix” but should help you feel better soon. To get to the root of the problem, we might need to have a mini bud (30 minute chat) to see what’s causing the problem.
      Here’s a kichari recipe: http://heymonicab.com/2009/02/kitchari-recipe/

      Keep me posted!

  18. raf says:

    hello, i seen another oily poop question and i got excited because im having the same issue. for the last few months ive been having that problem.. initially it will be solid and right at the end it looks oily and orange and the toilet paper is bright orange. and i go in spurts.. i dont eat much i first thought it was cause i was only eating soup at night with butter bread. but now it happened again the last few days and the only thing i had to eat and drink all day was water coffee a turkey sandwhich and some pringles.

  19. simon says:

    maybe you can help me Monica. this has been happening for years. my stools are soft but small and i have to strain. when i wipe it’s far from clean too. i am average weight but do emotionally eat and eat fast. this is one of many things getting me down. i always feel like there is still more inside. sorry, gross. thanks.

  20. Training Hard says:

    I’m 3.5 week out from a physique show, my first and I just started having super oily poops… Like the oil is floating on top of the water. Wtf, is going on… Is it because of all the Talipia and Orange Roughy I’m eating? I hate it, afraid to even pass gas…how can I stop it when I’m on such a strict diet?

  21. Doris says:

    Hi Monica..
    I’ve been having a problem, starting the first of July.
    I go every other day, cant help it, and it comes out as four to five round clumps of pebbles of poo. I don’t know how to stop it or anything. It also has a small smell, but it’s not highly foul… Still, please any help?:(

  22. Brady says:

    Hello, I was wanting to obtain some advice from you. I want to explain a few days of problems you may lead me in the right direction.

    Day 1: Went at least 7 times and was diarrhea and small pebbles. Also had stomach aches (Really bad) I was thinking it was a stomach virus but i dont know.
    Day 2: went twice small pebbles no stomach aches.
    Day 3: Went once, one pebble very small about an inch

    I was just wanting to know what is going on? Should i let nature take its course? The bad thing is i must admit i eat alot of Chinese food with plenty of soy sauce. i know, i know terrible but if that food is causing this then ill defiantly cut back.

    • Monica says:

      Hey Brady! More than the soy and salt, make sure your Chinese food doesn’t have MSG in it…that will cause the problems from Day 1 sometimes within 30 minutes of eating it. I would say, have less Chinese food (unless you know exactly what’s in it…but I don’t which is why I don’t eat it). Drink LOTS of water, eat more vegetables, more fruit, more healthy grains and you should straighten out.

  23. Dee says:

    I wanna elaborate a little more, my poo used to b healthy, one large/solid floater…. Now, i go once ever other day or so and even though i feel like i need to go alot only a little comes out and it’s never bigger than my size of my finger (i’m 4’11” amd 130 lbs, so my finger isn’t all that big mind u)… I’m not sure what “fatty” poo looks like but mine looks weird to me…..

  24. Dee says:

    :( 3 yrs ago, i abruptly went from having NO poo problems, went ever morning, to having diarrhea-consistency poo for 6 months and developed hemroids! I went to a GI doctor who in 5 seconds flat said u need a colonoscopy. I had the procedure, he did a biopsy of something, he didn’t say what, an it came back negative (whatever that means he wasn’t worried so neither was i)….. He said i had medium size intermal hemroids though…. I was so disgusted with his bed side manners i didn’t go back BUT now i am 3 yrs later STILL having poo problems, i increased my finer like he said but it seems i STAY bloated and OMG the gas i have….. I wake up now and instead of going poo i have a LARGE fart or two…. Matter fact i have numerous ones all day…

    I tried Pruine juice as the suggestion of a friend, and it worked the first time with one big glass…. But i still felt bloated, so 2 days later i tried again, and i literally over 24 hrs drank 64 oz of pruine juice with NO effect, other than my stomach grumbling alot…. Same thing happened when i tried taking probiotics, this firat time they helped but then no good after the 3rd day..

    Please help me, doctors DO NOT listen and i’m now to broke to go thru the 10k in tests they ordered last time which all were inconclusive (had colonoscopy, upper GI, CT Scan, ultra sound yadda yadda, thr full works mor or less, with no answer or help)!!!

    When this started in was in a high stress situation (divorce with kids) but that has long been over (matter fact he died 2 yrs ago), i currently have very little stress…. My diet hasn’t changed any, i eat the same things i have my whole life so why has my poo habits changed! Now i have swollen limp nodes undet my a pit (which have also been checked, and are noncancerous) so i really just think this bloated belly is poo stuck in me making my sick which is why my limp nodes are swollen!

    Help help help please! From the test i am a V!

    • Monica says:

      Hi Dee,
      I’m sorry to hear all the trouble you are having! Unfortunately it’s too complicated for me to answer in a blog comment and I cannot responsibly advise you. If you are a vata overall I suggest following vata diet and lifestyle. You can find more information about vata here: http://heymonicab.com/2011/10/vata-season/
      I suggest finding a reputable Ayurvedic pracitioner near you and going to see them in person. I hope they help you start feeling better soon!

  25. Lyberti says:

    What about sinking poop, then after a while of Pooping it starts to float in mushy little pebbles? Am I eating too much fats or solids?

    • Monica says:

      Sinking poop is a sign there is some ama (toxins) in the system. Probably too many heavy foods or foods that don’t digest well for your dosha. Try having fresher and lighter foods like fruits, veggies, some good oils (ghee, olive), and healthy grains. How you portion them out will depend on your dosha. Here is a post on food portioning to help: http://heymonicab.com/2010/09/plate-portions/

      Overall, you can’t really go too wrong if you eat lots of fruits and plants. Try to eat really fresh foods and see if you get a floaty poop! :)

  26. Naxx says:

    Why does almost every doc say its perfectly fine to go 1 time a day to 3 times a week? Then vegs and vegans and health guru’s always say everyday? Who’s right?

    • Monica says:

      Hey Naxx! I don’t know why docs that say it’s ok to go that infrequently, but I can speak from an Ayurvedic perspective. You eat food every day, right? That food is processed, absorbed, used as energy and then some of it is waste. The waste needs to come OUT every day or it will sit inside and back up the entire system. Not only will it back up and clog channels, but waste is toxic. If it’s not removed it will affect our entire body and soul. Not pooping daily is a sign of a larger problem that needs to be addressed, whether it be diet, exercise, stress relief, etc., so Ayurveda takes that very seriousy. Western medicine and Ayurveda do not overlap in too many areas so it is quite common for Ayurveda and doctors to clash with their theories.

  27. Jane says:

    I realise i love spice food, is that ok to eat for me?

    • Monica says:

      In winter, spices are good and okay for you. When it’s summer and hot, be more mindful of the spices. If you get a little bit of heartburn, that’s a great indication that it’s time to hold off on spices until it gets cooler outside. Hope this helps.

  28. Jane says:

    Hi Monica, Thanks for the reply and i like reading your website. I got Vata 17,P6, K10. I 5’2 at 64kgs not a vata but with curly hair, rashes, dry skin and have asthma. I dont sweat much and get bloated and like to munch all the time. Well will try the ghee and prune soon. Thanks for your advise.

  29. Jane says:

    Hi Monica
    I havent poop for weeks then my doc asked said i am not eating properly and order me to eat fibre, fruits and veg MORE. Now i poop but there in bits and pieces but soft. A friend bought me Psyillum Husk, but i feel heavy even though i drink lots of water. I dont know want type of veda i am though. Can you help?

    • Monica says:

      Hey Jane! Read the Toots about Fiber! I don’t know what dosha(s) you are either but it sounds like you have a vata problem in your digestion. So here’s what you do. Eat all warm/cooked foods with some sort of sauce/goo. Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water every day. Yes, it’s a lot but it will help! Have oils (ghee, olive, flax) in your diet. No coffee, no cold drinks/ice, no raw veggies (cooked is ok!), no dry foods like pretzels or crackers or popcorn. Have fruits. Follow a vata-balancing diet at least for now and take the dosha test to find out what you are. If you really need a remedy, buy some prunes. You can soak 3-5 of them over night in water – eat them in the morning (that’s breakfast!) and sip warm water all morning. Around 11/11:30 you should go :)

  30. Sarah says:

    Hi Monica!
    My poop tends to come out in pieces, is yellow-brown, and I rarely feel satisfied after going. This is all described above, which was relieving, because I know I’m not alone! This has only been going on for a few months though, and I really want a way to change it. Any suggestions?

  31. Fabiana says:

    How can I add oil to my diet? And what kind of oil because i dont think that vegetable or canola oil will be good or am i wrong?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Fabiana,
      Choosing foods with natural oils/fats would be a good place to start. Foods like avocado, salmon, nuts, all have good oils. For cooking, there are lots of oils to choose from including ghee, olive oil, toasted sesame oil (this is different from the cold-pressed sesame oil used on the skin), and flax seed oil, to name a few. You are correct, canola and corn oil in general is not so good. When in doubt just use olive oil! It’s great! :)

  32. Marie says:

    Hey Monica… excellent information this post. Well, I am a vata and yes, I have all those digestive problems, sadly. I am very interested in starting taking oil and see how it works. But the oil has to be liquid?? What about capsules? Do they work the same way??

    • Monica says:

      Hi Marie!
      I started years ago (before I knew about Ayurveda) with flax seed capsules and they helped a bit. At the time, I was too shy of taking oils or incorporating them into my diet so it was an ok alternative. Now I just eat more oils in my foods, which is best. Take small steps if you want – however you feel comfortable. Try the oil in capsules if you want. If it doesn’t work, then go for the liquid. Ideally, you’ll use more in your food rather than having to take a capsule but if you want to start this way, it certainly won’t hurt you.

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  35. Jennifer says:

    I am a VataPittaKapha and have had horrible poo issues since at least age 6. I don’t go at all for days and when I do it is “sinking pebbles” and not many at that. Once in a while, maybe every three or six months, I will be hit by terrible pain and in the bathroom for a few hours while I clear EVERYTHING out. Its so bad that I break out in a sweat and have passed out.
    I have recently (3 mo.) been following a combination of Eat Right for Your Type (A) and Ayurveda way of eating. I drink 60 to 90 oz of water daily and just finished the “New Years Cleanse” recommended for Vata Season. I am adding Ghee to just about everything I eat too.
    Still having the same poo issues – HELP

    • Monica says:

      Ohhhhh, you poor thing!!! Where do you live? I ask because I think you should maybe see an Ayurvedic Practitioner for a vata treatment called basti. But you need to work with someone who knows what they are doing. In the meantime, you can drink 1 tblsp melty ghee with warm water first thing in the morning (sounds a little gnarly, but it’s not bad. just chug it). Then while you are getting ready for work/school, sip 8-12oz of warm water. Use ghee with your meals as normal. Make sure not to have foods that are cold or dry. Favor watery fruits, warm soups, and noodles with sauce. If you are having coffee, dilute it so it’s more watery and have less (coffee is constipating). Or have black tea for a couple days instead. See if it makes a difference. And then let me know where you live! xo

  36. Casey says:

    Hey Monica, well I tried eating more fruits and drinking more water and I think you were right. See at college I was eating oatmeal in the morning everyday because it was sooo good and then I’d have some granola bars in handy sometimes so I think perhaps I need to drink more water and have fruit handy instead. I bet you that’s the answer! Because this whole thing started as soon as I started college. You suggested some warm foods with some healthy fats. But what do you mean, like what kinds of foods? Thank you so much for your help by the way!

    • Monica says:

      Good Casey! Glad to hear it. Yeah, I think you were probably eating foods that we too dry. Water and fruit will help things move through a bit better :) Warm foods like rice bowls, pasta, cooked veggies, stir fry – anything warm. NOT salads or raw foods. Healthy fats are nuts, avocado and healthy oils (even from fish!). Hope this helps!!

  37. Casey says:

    Hello, recently I started getting like these random sounds in my stomach that sometimes sound like farts. It’s so weird but I read about how too much fiber makes it dry, then perhaps I need more water. My poop has been coming out loose in pieces which I find really odd… Any other suggestions?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Casey! Yah, if you are having excess fiber, that could be the little internal fart sounds. Too much air and space in there (vata increase)! Try laying off the excess fiber and simply get your fiber through fruits and vegetables. It sounds like you might be having too much which is causing bloaties. You might need more water, reducing fiber should also help, and remembering that to relieve a dry vata problem you don’t need just water, you also need oils. Have warm foods (not cold raw salads) with some nice healthy fats and oils should move things through nicely. This might be your body’s way of telling you it doesn’t need all that extra fiber. Good luck! Shoot me an email if you have success!! :)

  38. Veronica says:

    Thanks for your reply Monica. It started in August 2009. The only connection I can make is that I had a cyst on my ovary burst and it seemed to start right after that. I haven’t seen any food in my stool, and it seems like its never ending, like its not clearing out like it used to. As far as what I eat its really all over the place, but at the same time consistent. I eat healthy stuff for a week straight ( salads, veggies, chicken ) and other weeks I eat too much cheese, bread, potato chips. ha. But I’ve been eating like this my whole life. I generally don’t eat anything too spicy. I just started taking a pro-biotic since last week in the hope that it helps. I haven’t noticed a change yet. Thanks for any feedback you may have.

  39. Veronica says:

    BTW, I’m a Pitta.

  40. Veronica says:

    You didn’t leave any advice for the smelly poop. For about a year I have had very smelly bm’s. I went to the Dr. , they took a stool sample and didn’t find anything wrong. Mine used to be perfect, once a day, in the morning just like your description in the “ideal poop”. My diet is pretty much the same as it has always been. I’ve also had very bad gas with the same smell for the same time. Any thoughts?? I”m desperate!!

    • Monica says:

      Hi Veronica, thank you for your nice questions. Yes pittas usually have the smelliest poops of all the doshas. Your diet is the same you say? How long has this been and what else has changed since this happened? Weather, emotions, traumatic event? Anything? Smelly poop is usually the food coming right out the other end without it absorbing properly into the body. If you see pieces of food in your poop, that is evidence that unabsorbed food is true in your case. Also, are you eating any different spices than you had before? Like extra onions or garlic?

  41. Monica says:

    GOOD GIRL!! See, that’s the thing. Fiber is actually DRYing and LIGHT so for vata it’s not going to help. It will just make you more bloatey, gassy and airy. You need the grounding and lubricating qualities of an oil to push things down and out. So yes, the water (warm or room temp) and oil will really help you.

    Menstrual cycle will be improved too because your whole body is being nourished. Think about dry dirt. In a sense that’s what happens to our colon and girl parts if there is not enough oil & water. But, if you add some oil and water, it turns to a nice mud and can flow. Does that make sense?

    You are on the right track. Any oils are good. Ghee is best because it also increases agni. You can also do sesame (cold-pressed) or almond oil. Flax seed is also good. You can take any on their own in the morning 1-2TBL and wash down with warm water. And/or you can combine it with a shot of warm milk (might taste a little nar nar, but not too bad) and drink it down.

    Keep me posted. You are doing GREAT!!! xoxo

  42. tiko says:

    I think it’s working! I started taking black currant seed oil everyday. It took about a week, but I’m starting to notice a difference. I’m vata, and I think I’ve been approaching things all wrong. I was always focused on how much fiber I was getting. But, I’m thinking I need to focus more on how much water and oil I’m getting in my diet. Am I correct on this?

    I usually drink a ton of water, but I wasn’t getting enough oil. And, it’s funny, but adding oil also helps with my menstrual cycle…so, I guess my body is trying to tell me, we need more oil! :)

    Also, is there a better oil to take? And, how much is a good amount to take? I’m currently taking 1800mg/day.

  43. Monica says:

    Pebbly poop is still on the dry side of things. More oil and/or water will help you. If you drink plenty of water, try adding more healthy fats and oils to your diet. Ghee would be GREAT for you!! Let me know if this helps!

  44. tiko says:

    What about pebbly poop?

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