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Offline djotaku

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What determines the characteristics of poo?
« on: 04/01/2012 03:47:37 »
I was curious what factors determine the characteristics of our excrement?  Obviously the bacteria flora in the gut has something to do with it, but there's still variability within the same person.  For example, what determines the hardness of the poo?  It can be anything from so hard it's painful to pass to liquidy when you're sick with a stomach bug.  And what determines the odor level?  As with passing gas, poo seems to vary from unbearable to barely noticeable. 

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Re: What determines the characteristics of poo?
« Reply #1 on: 04/01/2012 10:59:46 »
I think your diet is what determines the characteristics of your excrement for the most part.
You have the standard ingredients in poo like dead epithelial cells of the GI tract, broken down blood- and other cell components, intestinal flora.. and then you have the variable ingredients that depend on what you've eaten. These variable ingredients are what makes your poo deviate from "standard poo".

Then you might have an illness or bacterial infection that gives you diarrhea, which in fact is simply an excess of water in your intestinal tract. The cause of the excess can vary..
 

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Re: What determines the characteristics of poo?
« Reply #2 on: 05/01/2012 02:01:11 »
Some bacteria such as Staph Aureus can cause a buildup of toxins in food, and can cause diarrhea whether or not the food preparation kills the bacteria.  The diarrhea is often very "explosive", but very short-lived.

As far as types of food...  it might be interesting to do a carefully controlled experiment. 

Personally I'm not a big fan of very high fiber diets.  For me, it seems to cause a significant increase in bulk (and potentially constipation), as well as gas.
Anything causing large amounts of poorly digested food might also increase the gas.
Meats?
Calcium supplements, and lots of milk/cheese can be constipating.
I think I've heard that Iron supplements may also be constipating.
Magnesium, on the other hand, acts more as a laxative.
Prunes are a natural laxative.  Perhaps it is an adaptation to occasionally swallowing a pit which could be damaging if it didn't flow through easily.
Seeds such as blackberry seeds can flow through the body, and if they didn't go into some kind of sewage treatment, they could potentially sprout as part of seed dispersal.  In fact, some seeds are toxic if cracked, but of little consequence if eaten whole.

Milk & Cheese can cause a light whitish excrement.
Black jelly beans --> black.
Beats --> red.
 

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Re: What determines the characteristics of poo?
« Reply #3 on: 05/01/2012 18:53:30 »
it floats or it sinks, 4what reasons?+ dont 4get density & moisture content
 

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Re: What determines the characteristics of poo?
« Reply #4 on: 12/01/2012 02:11:56 »
I got some sugar-free candy the other day.
Sweetened with Isomalt, Maltitol, & Polyglucitol.

My problem is that I have a tendency to eat ALL of the candy in a package.
Whew...  that creates the worst imaginable gas   [xx(] [xx(] [xx(]

At least it is a good way train a person to only eat a couple of pieces a day  :P
 

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Re: What determines the characteristics of poo?
« Reply #5 on: 12/01/2012 06:56:39 »
it floats or it sinks, 4what reasons?+ dont 4get density & moisture content

Food with a (very) high fat content tend to create floating poo
 

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