Stinky Poo: Why It Reeks and What You Can Do About It

Nov 20, 2019

Nobody expects poop to smell good, but sometimes it smells so bad you expect to hear about it on the six o’clock news. It’s worse if it’s your own, and still worse when you drop the stink bomb in a public restroom or at a friend’s party when people are lining up to use the restroom. Oh, the ignominy!


The good news is that you can make your poop less stinky. Here we provide some tips on how to quell the smell and, in the process, we reveal many of the reasons why poop stinks.

Eat Less

Remember, what goes in must come out, and the more you eat in excess of what your body needs, the uglier it gets on the other end. If you commonly feel bloated after eating, you may be consuming more food than your body can comfortably digest. Try cutting back. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Eat 10 percent less across the board.
  • Serve yourself smaller portions, and don’t come back for seconds.
  • Eat more, smaller meals throughout the day.
  • Stop eating two hours before bedtime.

Consume Less Sulfur-Rich Food

Sulfur is an essential mineral, so you don’t want to eliminate it from your diet, but if you eat a lot of sulfur-rich foods, the excess sulfur may be making your stool more odoriferous than normal. Here’s a list of sulfur-rich foods:

  • Arugula
  • Coconut milk, juice, and oil
  • Cruciferous vegetables (bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, mustard leaves, radish, turnips, watercress)
  • Dairy (except butter)
  • Dried fruits
  • Eggs
  • Garlic
  • Legumes (beans)

Cut Back on Processed Foods

Processed foods contain synthetic ingredients, some of which your body may be ill-equipped to digest. Switching to a whole-foods diet is the easiest, most complete solution. Otherwise, read food labels and choose only those packaged foods that use all-natural ingredients… and good luck with that.

Trim the Fat

Excessive dietary fat can lead to undigested fat in the stool — a condition referred to as steatorrhea. If your body doesn’t produce enough lipase (a fat-digesting enzyme), the undigested fat putrefies as it makes its way through the colon, producing a foul smelling odor.

Of course, your body needs fat in order to function, but try to eliminate trans fats and scale back your consumption of saturated fat. Trans fats (also referred to as hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated fats and oils) are common in fried foods, bakery items, chips, crackers, and other yummy treats that are bad for you. You get saturated fat primarily from animal products, including red meat, pork, poultry skin, full-fat dairy products, mayonnaise, and eggs.

Get Checked for Lactose Intolerance

If you experience diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, bloating, or gas 30 minutes to a couple hours after consuming dairy (milk or ice cream, for example), you may have lactose intolerance, which is also contributing to your smellier-than-normal poops.

With lactose intolerance, your body doesn’t produce sufficient amounts of the lactase enzyme to break down the lactose (a sugar in milk), so the undigested lactose lands in your large intestine where it is fermented by bacteria, a process which produces stinky gas and poop.

If you have lactose intolerance, you have three options for dealing with it:

  • Avoid dairy
  • Switch to lactose-free dairy products
  • Take lactase enzyme supplements, such as Lactaid, before consuming dairy

Check Your Meds and Supplements

Medications may increase levels of sulfur and other chemicals in your body that produce stinky stools. Sulfur drugs, such as Bactrim, used to treat bacterial infection, and all diuretics except spironolactone can increase sulfur levels in your system. Here’s a short list of supplements that may also increase sulfur levels:

  • Alpha lipoic acid
  • Chondroitin sulfate
  • DMPS
  • DMSO
  • Epsom salts
  • Garlic
  • Glucosamine sulfate
  • Magnesium sulfate
  • Milk thistle
  • MSM
  • N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)
  • Taurine

Review a list of all medications and supplements you take with your healthcare provider to identify any substances that may be causing problems.

Get Your Gut Checked

If nothing you’ve tried to normalize your digestion has worked, consider having your gut health evaluated by a qualified medical professional. What you consider to be a problem with overly odoriferous stools may be a symptom of a more serious underlying health condition, such as:

  • Food intolerance
  • Insufficient production of stomach acid
  • Insufficient levels of digestive enzymes
  • Imbalanced intestinal flora — the bacteria and other microbes that inhabit your gut and aid in digestion (see “Restoring Intestinal Flora Leads to a Healthy Gut and Happy Poop“)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Giardiasis

The take-away lesson here is that stinky poo is no laughing matter. Don’t dismiss what may be a valuable warning sign of a serious underlying condition. Have it checked out by a medical professional, who can identify and treat the underlying cause.

Spray before You Squat

If you have only the occasional stinky poo, don’t be alarmed. Temporary changes in diet and how you feel overall can have a short-term impact on the odors you emanate. Just be prepared. Carry one of our Unicorn Gold toilet sprays with you at all times, and place one in each bathroom of your home. Spray a few times in the bowl before you go. Combined with essential oils and real gold nanoparticles, our non-toxic formulas trap bathroom odors deep beneath the surface of the toilet water, leaving a pleasant aroma in their place. Unicorn Gold magically turns your “business” into nothing more than a stroll to the end of a freshly-fallen rainbow.

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Disclaimer: This blog post on odors associated with feces of the human digestive system, provides general information and discussion about medical issues and health-related subject matter. The words and other content provided in this post, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If you or any other person has a medical concern, consult with an appropriately licensed physician or other health care professional immediately and do not rely on the information presented in this post. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this blog post or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.