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Should you Worry When Your Poop Floats?

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When your poop floats its generally nothing to worry about. However, when they become frequent and are accompanied with other symptoms it could mean an underlying health condition. In this article you'll learn the common causes of floating stools and when its best to see a doctor.

I want to ask you a question…

What would you do if your floating poop didn't flush on your first date at their place ?

Being on a first date is stressful enough without blocking your soul mate’s toilet, which is exactly what happened to Toronto woman Makela.

It seems the guys toilet had a weak flush, leaving our heroine with a stubborn floater that refused to go away!

Realizing she couldn't leave it there...

She did the only thing she could think of.

Can you guess what she did?

She picked it up.

Wrapped it in multiple layers of toilet paper and stuffed it in her purse! 

In the end, she managed to get rid of it with her reputation in tact...

But it was a close run thing.

I'm sure you've been in an embarrassing situation when your floater refused to flush.

But is a floating log something to be worried about?

By the end of this article you'll know the real facts...

And that begins by understanding why your stool floats. 

What Causes You're Poop to Float?

Floating stools aren't uncommon. 

They can happen from time to time and the cause is often food related. 

Frequent floating stools could indicate a chronic digestive disorder, but we'll get into that later. 

For now, here's the common causes why your stool floats... 

1. Excessive Gas 

The most common reason you're stool floats is that it contains a lot of gas.

This happens when you eat foods that make you fart a lot.

Foods containing insoluble fibers, starch, artificial sweeteners are hard to digest.

You need more gut bacteria to break them down.

And all this extra hard work creates more gas that ends up in your poo. 

The extra air in your stool makes it lighter and just like blowing air into an inflatable lilo... it floats.

The kind of foods that can cause excess are high fiber foods like beans and legumes.

Processed foods high in additives and artificial sweeteners produce a lot of gas. Even dried fruit that contain the natural sugar sorbitol can make you gassy.

2. Excessive Fat

When your poop floats it could mean excess fat in the stool.

A diet in saturated fat is often the culprit.

Gorging on pizza, donuts and ice cream is too much for your intestinal tract to absorb.

So, the excess fat ends up in your poo. 

3. Malabsorption

A frequent floating poop could be sign of fat malabsorption. 

It could be an underlying medical condition that is hindering the absorption of fat and nutrients.

The medical term for excessive fatty stool is steatorrhea...

And the 3 likely suspects that can cause fat malabsorption are...

Gastrointestinal Infections

GI infections caused by an overgrowth of bad bacteria and virus's can also cause malabsorption.

Also, an imbalance of gut bacteria can cause malabsorption.

An imbalance occurs when you've got more bad than good bacteria in your intestinal tract.

As well as can lead to several digestive problems including poor absorption.

Lactose Intolerance

A lactose intolerance means the digestive system can't digest lactose, a sugar in dairy products.

To absorb lactose we need to convert it to glucose. The body produces lactase, an intestinal enzyme that converts lactose to glucose.

If you experience bloating, excess gas or diarrhea after eating dairy it could mean a lactase deficiency.

Liver and biliary disease

A fatty stool could mean a liver problem.

The liver produces a green liquid called bile which is stored in the gallbladder.

Bile is released into the intestines to break down fat into smaller fatty acids. These Fatty acids are easier to digest and absorb.

Liver disease, gallstones, bile duct blockages can hinder the production of bile.

And with less bile, more undigested fat ends up in your stool. 

4. Digestive Conditions

Frequent floating stools may be a symptom of a digestive disorder or disease.

Now, its important to point out, these conditions come with many different symptoms.

If you're only symptom is a floating stool its more an issue with you're diet or gut bacteria imbalance

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease can also cause your stool to float because of malabsorption.

It's a serious autoimmune disease with a wide range of symptoms. These include excessive gas, bloating, nausea, indigestion even depression.

In severe cases, the disease strips bare the small intestines villi.

The villi are the micro-scopic finger-like projections that enable us to absorb nutrients.

With the gut lining destroyed a sensitivity to gluten results in a total avoidance of all grains. 

Pancreatitis

If you're regularly producing floating stools it could mean a problem with your pancreas.

The pancreas is a small gland organ located behind the stomach below the ribcage. It plays an important role in converting food into energy. 

According to the Columbia University Irving Medical Center the pancreas specializes in two essential functions that include digestion and regulating blood sugar levels.

The pancreas produces essential digestive enzymes like chymotrypsin and trypsin to breakdown proteins, amylase for digesting carbohydrates and lipase for the digestion of fats.

It also produces insulin the hormone for lowering blood sugar levels and the hormone glucagon for increasing blood sugar. The proper maintenance of blood sugar levels is essential for the healthy functioning of our major organs.

The most common condition to affect the organ is pancreatitis the inflammation of the pancreas. The inflammation is caused by a build up of enzymes that digest the tissues of the organ. 

There are two types of pancreatitis. Acute pancreatitis which happens suddenly and chronic pancreatitis which develops over time. The majority of cases are the result of alcohol abuse.

With chronic pancreatitis the production and secretion of enzymes required for the digestion and absorption of fats is decreased resulting in oily fatty stools. 

Foul smelling stools can be another symptom of impaired fat.

Symptoms of chronic pancreatitis may include abdominal pain in the middle or left side that can spread to the back. Other symptoms include nausea, frequent diarrhea and weight loss.

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is an incurable disease that creates excess mucus in the lungs and digestive tract.

The build-up of mucus prevents or hinders the release of fat-digesting enzymes.

These enzymes are essential for helping us absorb vital nutrients including fats.

Cystic fibrosis sufferers often take lipase enzyme supplements to help improve their digestion. 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Frequent floating stools may be the initial warning sign of a gastrointestinal problem.

For example, people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can often experience floating stools.

In fact, a 2015 research study to determine if floating stools are linked to any specific functional bowel disorders (FBD) discovered that 26% of patients with FBD's including IBS and dyspepsia produced floating stools.

When is a floating Stool Serious?

If you experience floating stools for more than a month it could mean an underlying condition. Therefore, get checked by your doctor.

Your doctor can run a test to determine if there are abnormal levels of fat in your stool.  

An oily stool can signal poor fat absorption. As stated above the cause could be linked to conditions such as Crohn's, Celiac disease or Pancreatitis.  

Malabsorption could also mean vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Your doctor should test you for this as well.

For example, foul smelling stools can mean a bacterial gut infection.  

Other symptoms like slow bowel movements, diarrhea, weight loss, nausea, intestinal pain or blood in the stool means a visit to the doctor. 

Treatment and Prevention - Turning Your Floater into a Sinker

The occasional floater is nothing to worry about.

And if its the only symptom the likely culprit is your diet.

Certain foods create excessive amounts of gas making your stool lighter and causing it to float.

Think about what you've been eating recently.

Are you eating a lot of fiber?

Are you eating a lot of fatty processed foods?

Are you dipping your hand into the candy jar too often?

Reducing or removing gas forming foods will soon turn your floater into a sinker.

Ironically, many foods that cause your poop to float are good for you. Instead of omitting them completely eat them in smaller portions. 

Fiber Consumption

With an occasional floater, its a matter of cutting out foods that give you too much gas.  

Ironically, many foods causing your poop to float are good for you. 

Fiber rich foods like a vegetables, fruits and whole grains are essential part of a healthy and balanced diet.   

But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy their nutritional benefits?

It's just a matter of taking these 3 simple steps...

  • Eating the foods in smaller portions
  • Chew your foods thoroughly
  • Take a digestive enzyme supplement to help digest hard-to-digest food

Supplementing with digestive enzymes can be especially beneficial if you've been taking medications or over 40 as digestive enzymes decline with age.  

Your Digestive System - The Pathway To Health Or Disease

In general, issues with flatulence, constipation, smelly stools and diarrhea are a sign your digestive system is out of balance.

They may not be life threatening conditions, but they're early warning signs that not all is  right with your health.

As long as you're living a healthy lifestyle, eating a healthy balanced diet and taking plenty of exercise you shouldn't have anything to worry about when it comes to your digestive health.

Unfortunately, most of us don't have a balanced digestive system and this eventually leads to poor health.

Once the fragile balance of beneficial bacteria in your gut are disrupted, the door is open for harmful disease causing microbes to spread.

This bacterial imbalance adversely affects the digestives systems vital functions of digestion, absorption and elimination.

What's more,  70% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract.

Once that's compromised you're weakened immunity leaves you vulnerable to infections and disease.

That's why its so important to eat a healthy diet of raw natural foods that include fresh fruits and vegetables.

Amazing Digestive Health Benefits of Kiwifruit

One of the best foods for boosting your digestive health is the kiwifruit.

Not only is it bursting with essential vitamins and minerals, it contains a combination of nutrients that restore balance to your digestive system.

It turns out, the key to better digestive health are actually prebiotics and not probiotics as we once thought.

Prebiotics are insoluble fibers that are proven to boost the growth of beneficial bacteria and inhibit the spread of harmful pathogens.

Best of all, the kiwifruit is one of the richest sources of prebiotics.

With all these amazing benefits should you be eating kiwifruit on a daily basis?

Well , to obtain the optimum amount of prebiotics you would need to eat 2 to 4 kiwifruit a day including the skin.

I mention the skin because that's the part of the fruit with the highest concentrations of prebiotics. 

Secondly, kiwifruit should be picked when they're perfectly ripe.

Unfortunately, supermarket kiwifruits are harvested unripened so the fruits natural digestive enzymes and nutrients aren't fully developed.

And to be honest, the novelty of eating between 2 and 4 kiwifruit and the skin everyday will  quickly wear off.

The skin of kiwifruit has the highest concentrations of prebiotics.

Secondly, you need to eat kiwifruit when they're picked ripe.

Unfortunately, supermarket kiwifruits are harvested unripened so the fruits natural digestive enzymes and nutrients aren't fully developed.

And to be honest, the novelty of eating between 2 and 4 kiwifruit and the skin everyday will  quickly wear off.

Kiwi Klenz - All the Goodness in One Easy Solution

Fortunately, Xtend Life the natural health supplement company has come up with a revolutionary new kiwifruit supplement called Kiwi Klenz.

Kiwi Klenz differs from other prebiotic supplements because the whole fruit is used.

This includes the skin of course plus the seeds, which are also rich in prebiotics.

Just one capsule a day gives you the equivalent of 2 whole kiwifruit including the prebiotic enriched skin.

This makes Kiwi Klenz much more affordable and an easier alternative to buying kiwifruit in the supermarkets.

And because its sealed in a vegetarian capsule it will not degrade.

Start enjoying a healthier body and mind with one simple natural supplement.