Should poop float or sink?

by 1633 · March 17, 2014 at 05:03 PM

At the Paleo Summit I believe it was Dr. Allison Siebecker, a Naturopathic Doctor, that stated your poop should float in the toilet. This is one indicator that it's healthy.

My poop sinks and has been my entire life for as long as I can remember. It will once in a while float.

Does your poop float or sink? Is either way ok or should it really float?

I want to know the truth!

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8848 · March 24, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Most people who tell you what your poop should be doing are woefully misguided. Unlike me, of course, who knows a thing or two about poop...

The vegetarian propagandists are fond of saying that poop should float. Namely, because a plant-based diet will lend itself to long, fluffy, frequent poops.

Meat-eaters like me will say the opposite. Dense, wrinkled poops that go "plop" and disappear forever are the apple of my eye...

1195 · March 25, 2012 at 02:20 AM

Is this a specifically American question? I'm in New Zealand, and until I visited the States I couldn't ever make sense of it! Our toilets have a much different design; we have a small amount of water in the base of a narrower bowl, so there's very little opportunity/space for floating! Sorry Toad, not really an answer to your question, but I thought it was an interesting cross-cultural point to make ;).

220 · March 24, 2012 at 08:53 PM

After some eat, the end result will sink,
Along with that can be quite the stink.
Others can make it float,
earn the right to gloat.
A wise old man says, there is a link.

An undergrad nutrition professor in the mid 70s, said "sink and stink or float and gloat." I really don't remember if he taught SAD or otherwise. That long ago, it almost had to be less SAD than today. I don't have many sinkers, but they can be stinkers. I'm thinking fiber would cause floaters. Malabsorption can also cause floaters, but I would expect other symptoms.

4232 · July 14, 2012 at 02:40 PM

poop should neither sink nor float. it should fly.

20 · October 23, 2012 at 03:04 PM

A professor who passed away from pancreatic cancer said tnat poop that floats must be ckd with a dr. It was one of his deadly symptoms.. it means you are not metabolyzing fats.

3227 · August 06, 2012 at 09:56 PM

There can never be enough poop threads. Mine is buoyancy neutral, in that it neither sinks nor floats, it suspends in the middle. In Tibetan Buddhism this is the mark of an Enlightened One, which means I am blessed with eternal life and perfect knowledge of the entire universe.

3043 · March 24, 2012 at 08:37 PM

I was always under the impression floating poop meant that you had consumed more fat than usual. Mine generally sinks as well, ( and I do consume a lot of fat regularly)

307 · March 24, 2012 at 03:32 PM

sink i believe but i could be wrong, this website says floating poop is correlated with losing weight:


Anecdotaly, during healthy points in my life, my poop always sank. if your poop floats then it lacks density and either one of two things may be suggested but i could be wrong: A) the poop reflects that you absorbed most of the nutrients from your food in the last meal making it a light poop and a reflection of good nutritious food or an ability for your body to process that food B) your not eating much and your poop is weak son up the calories and see what happens but yeah i really don't know i just wanted to get my first answer on paleohacks out there but check the article since no one has replied to your post yet it may be a good start.

good luck in your inquiry

10 · August 06, 2012 at 09:38 PM

What I think is, when a horse is able to produce a certain amount of poop is usually just sits on the ground because of gravity And there is no water for the poop to accually float.. So for horses I think that its okay for their poop to "sink" if we are speaking in the terms "float or sink" Your welcome -Trina

7249 · July 14, 2012 at 02:55 PM

Either way, Chuck Norris doesn't flush the toilet, he scares the shit out of it!

4113 · March 24, 2012 at 03:48 PM

In the same batch I often have floaters and sinkers. I'm not sure what that means.

0 · March 17, 2014 at 05:03 PM

Either floaters and/or sinkers shouldn't require wiping ,since there should not be anything to clean after healthy digestion

0 · March 17, 2014 at 04:57 PM

float or sink ,healthy dumps shouldn't require toilet paper b/c there should be nothing to wipe

-2 · August 12, 2013 at 09:16 PM

yes, it's true a healthy poo should sink. A proper diet is rich in meats and plants...the whole sinking=stinking, floating=gloating is just a myth propagated by vegetarians who can't admit there sh*t doesn't stink, (which it does both literally and figuratively as is the case with every last one of us) and that their colons and pelvic floors are not strong enough to contain the egregious amounts of plant matter their taking in to stave off malnutrition for another day.

furthermore, soooo many vegitarians I know are ridiculously fat, obviously the scales are completely tipped by the overly carnivorous masses, but this as a result of a "healthier" lifestyle choice means it's just the opposite and that their body is taking the same course of action that an anorexic person's would, or someone who skips breakfast....their bodies slow down metabolism and convert more of the simple sugars in their means to fat causing them to balloon, that's because again, they adhere to this idea that poop should float, but it shouldn't (regularly anyway, because lets face it, no one's perfect) and therefore they're complacent to expel their "waste" before proper digestion, resulting in a regularly fed form of "starvation."

0 · April 30, 2013 at 02:47 PM

Dr Yogi Bhajan said it should float. "If your poo is sinking your life is sinking."

118 · March 08, 2013 at 11:39 PM

i learned a lot in this thread. they never teach you about poop in grade school.

0 · March 08, 2013 at 09:07 PM

Fork it spoon it make puppets out of it. It's shit shit shit.. what a hit.. I love it not just a little bit..hit the shit

0 · January 03, 2013 at 04:25 PM

I don't have a gall bladder, but all my life, my poop has floated. By the way, I am a very healthy, older female.

486 · October 23, 2012 at 04:18 PM

Jonny Bowden says/said that healthy poop should sink.

608 · August 07, 2012 at 10:22 AM

What I heard was the poop that floats have gas trapped inside of them like a hot air balloon. Thus float in water, the others... well are pretty compact and your body did a good job of compacting the trash.

175 · August 06, 2012 at 10:05 PM

half should float, the other half should sink.

0 · July 14, 2012 at 10:14 AM

as long as your pooping, its good

277 · March 24, 2012 at 07:45 PM

The only time mine floats is if it's basically diarrhea. Given that, I think sink makes more sense.

1153 · March 25, 2012 at 08:57 AM

Mine sinks,its annoying as I analyse every poo and when I try to grab it as its coming out my hole,sometimes it slips so I have to get my hand wet. Anyway,a healthy poo should always sink.

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