What Do the Different Poop Colors and Shapes Mean?

What Is the Normal Poop Like?

Normal poop is mostly;

  • Strong smelling: bacteria in poop releases gases that contain foul odor associated with poop. So a healthy poop must have an unpleasant smell.
  • Medium to dark brown: this is due to a pigment called bilirubin, which forms when red blood cells break down. Bilirubin eventually degrades to stercobilin.
  • Easy to excrete: a healthy bowel movement should be free of pain and require little stress. If you frequently feel pain when pooping, then you should see a doctor.
  • Passed once or twice daily: in most cases, people pass stool once a day. Although others may poop three times every other day. A healthy person should pass stool at least three times a week.
  • Consistent in its features: a healthy poop [2] differs from one person to another. However, you should always inspect any little change in the smell, firmness, frequency, or color of poop as it can mean that there is a problem.