If pooping is comfortable, things are (literally) going well
Pooping shouldn’t require too much pushing, according to the National Institute on Aging. Likewise, bowel movements shouldn’t hurt. Your BMs can tell you a lot about your health, so taking a glance in the bowl to look at color, shape, size–and even taking (a little) whiff on occasion can be important. Here are some of your weirdest pooping habits, explained by science.
A brown bowel movement is best
Stool should be any shade of brown or green. “Typically, the food you eat takes three days from consumption to becoming waste,” says Gabriel Neal, MD, a family medicine doctor and clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine. “If your stool is on the greener side, it may have taken a shorter time to digest, but it’s generally no cause for concern.” If stool appears black or tarry, it may be evidence of blood (more about that later). Watch out for these clear signs that you have irritable bowel syndrome.