Does Your Bathroom Stink? Don’t Buy Air Freshener. Change Your Diet



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17 comments:

Mrs. Ed said...

I have a lovely story that fits in quite well. We have a precious long haired cat with a very touchy tummy. I thought I was being nice when I gave her some canned cat food for Thanksgiving. Not only did the litter box reek (not that it smells like roses, but this was BAD), but the poo was gooey and stuck to the hair on her backside, which she scooted across the bathroom floor to get off (since cats don't use toilet paper). Since then we have been sure to warn babysitters not to give her food she can't handle. I guess that same goes for humans. Thanks for the sexy post topic today.

Lori @ Laurel of Leaves said...

I love that you've tackled this subject! ;) You're so right--poop shouldn't smell and it shouldn't be messy if you're eating well. I know I can always tell if I've had one too many 'vacation meals' . . .
Thanks for the ideas for remedying that ;)

Shay said...

Thank you for this! I have noticed a big difference in my family since we have been eating healthy.

Gillian said...

I just started paleo. I feel like its having the opposite affect on me.

Ruth Almon said...

Hi Gillian,
It could just be a matter of adjustment. Even if you're eating a lot better, you're body was used to digesting X and now it needs to switch to digesting Y. Could take a bit of time - especially if you made a sudden and significant change, rather than a gradual transition.
Also, there could be a specific new item you've added to your diet that just doesn't agree with you.

Do you eat any probiotic foods or take probiotic supplements? That should help.

Ruth Almon said...

Thanks for sharing your story, Mrs. Ed. I think it was interesting, but I'm not sure of "lovely" is the most suitable adjective. :)
Most people no doubt enjoy a good tale of pooh, but not everyone.

~*Connie*~ said...

As someone who fosters kittens, poop is an every day subject for me, because it can tell you a LOT about the health of the animal. I also own seven cats of my own. I used to feed a commercial over the counter way too huge to bring home on your own bag of food. Several of my vets told me there was no difference in the foods (boy were they ever wrong) so I fed what was easy and cheap. While on dry food, my cats had very large very smelly poop. Due to some health issues, I got several of them on canned food (high protein low on plant based ingredients) and their stool changed dramatically. It went from big and smelly to smaller and much less smelly. Well health issues continued to plague the cats on dry, so I converted them all over to a raw diet (as close to the cat's natural diet as possible, read more at http://www.catinfo.org) and their stool is now much smaller, and barely smells at all. It is also much drier, so it almost never clings to even my longest haired cats.

What goes in MUST come out.. better that you use as much of it as possible and have as little waste as possible

Jennifer @ How to Peel an Onion said...

I've never thought about this before! So interesting...and it all makes sense.

Anonymous said...

Some years back, I was plagued with very strong and foul flatulence. My gastroenterologist who happened to be Indian (maybe vegetarian) had me go to a vegan plus yogurt diet. It worked perfectly. For several years I maintained an ovo-lacto vegetarian eating plan, just trying from time to time to see what I might add in.
Eventually I was able to resume an omnivorous habit, I think due to having made my own sauerkraut, yogurt, and milk kefir.

Anonymous said...

Body odor is also largely dependent on diet. There is really no need for deodorant. I haven't read much of your site yet or did a search on if you already wrote about it, but it's really nice to eliminate those "cosmetic" toxins we think we need.

Anonymous said...

Just sniffed my poop and it had no more odor than a bran muffin.

Ruth Almon said...

Um.... thanks for sharing, anonymous. :)

Labeth B. said...

Eating inorganic food can indeed change the smell of your body waste. The more chemicals a person ingests, the stinkier the waste is.

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Cate K said...

Two things: The only place I've ever been where people were discussing and rejoicing over the state of their poop was in the public restroom at a Weston A Price Foundation Conference! Second: I've noticed a positive change in body odor, a reduction in flatulence and improvement in poop odor as well as the almost magical clearing of a stubborn toenail fungus since getting on the WAP "plan". Love, love, love Kvass and homemade sauerkraut, and homemade fermented gingerale.

Ruth Almon said...

Cate, it may not make the best dinner party conversation, but it's good to have that indication that your system is working optimally.

Anonymous said...

I've been paleo/raw diet for a few years. I don't eat anything processed or canned. I do, however, buy my meats from the farmers market, so I can't say I'm 100% raw, but everything else I eat grows from the ground and is organic. I don't eat soy, gluten, rice, dairy,I don't drink anything but water and tea leaves (nonpackaged), and sugar of ANY sort that isn't 100% fruit.

I can tell you, doing this for a few years and never once cheating, I've had stuff that doesn't smell and then sometimes it does. My color has changed to reflect the rich foods I eat, but saying that poop that smells is a sign of unhealthiness is just not correct.

Ruth Almon said...

Anonymous, I think what I wrote is true in general. I also think these things are very complex. Maybe you occasionally eat a food that is healthy but doesn't agree with you.

While I don't know if all healthy poop is completely odorless, I do think if someone can't enter the bathroom after you leave it, that isn't normal. It's not the natural state of poop.

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