Hush…What your Toilet is Telling You

Feb 21, 2012 by

Discussing bowel movements and urination is a daily occurrence for me, and it is a vital process that can tell you so much about your health. So take a moment to reflect on your daily movements and see what it’s telling you. 

What your poo is telling you


Now that you have uncovered the “meaning” of your movements, here are a few suggestions I have for getting you back on track. **Remember, no matter what your situation is, healthy unheated sea salt and ample purified water is necessary for normal movements.

What does your poo mean?

Constipation (less than 1 movement daily):

Healthy bowel movements are dependent on water, healthy salt, fiber, and probiotics. Without any of these key factors, constipation is most likely to occur.

* Drink half your weight in ounces of water daily

* Include 1 tsp of healthy unheated sea salt in your diet daily

* Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds in their whole form. Add chia seeds into the diet to help with bowl movements. 1-2 tbs. daily.

* Include fermented foods in the diet such as kefir, sauerkraut, and Kombucha

If you are following the previous practices and are still dealing with constipation, consider beginning with a salt flush or enema to get things moving. From there you can include a fiber supplement such as Cleanse Blend and healthy probiotics such as Dr. Ohirra’s Probiotic Complex.


Adrenal Insufficiency and Resistant Constipation

Often resistant constipation issues are due to adrenal insufficiency. Adrenal glands are an overlooked but vital organ responsible for maintaining fluid balance in the colon and require a few basic nutrients for proper function. This includes water, healthy salt, natural Vitamin C, Magnesium Glycinate and B Vitamins. My favorite supplements to recharge the adrenal glands are the following:

1. Camu Camu (a fruit powder with the highest levels of vitamin C)

2. Magnesium Glycinate

3. Live-Source, Probiotically-derived B Vitamins

Camu Camu Berry


Sticky Bowel Movements:

If you are having sticky, messy bowel movements, than most likely you do not have sufficient healthy bacteria in the colon. I suggest beginning on a therapeutic dose of probiotics and a tbs of a pre-biotic. The pre-biotic will feed the healthy bacteria and promote its multiplication. These two together are a great way to re-inoculate the bowel.

I love Dr. Ohirra’s Probiotic Complex and a pre-biotic powder called Galactan by Premier Research Labs


Bloody Urine or Bowels:

This is in indication of internal bleeding and I urge you to visit your doctor. In the meantime, I would suggest using one of the most powerful forms of Aloe offered in the market today. This form is called Aloe Arborescens and has some fantastic healing and anti-infective properties. I would suggest taking 2 oz every few hours to help repair tissue damage and fight any nasty pathogens causing inflammation in the body.

I love Aloe Arborescens by Supreme Immune Health


Aloe Arborescens


Floating Bowels:

This is caused by the inability to digest fats, and ultimately is rooted in a gallbladder deficiency. This is very common in people who take medications, birth control or those who have relied on a fast food and fried food diet. My best advice is to eliminate any fried, or processed foods and get on a plant-based diet. I would also recommend supporting the gallbladder with nutrients found on my gallbladder program, and beginning on liver/gallbladder flushes.

My favorite Gallbladder nutrients are BiliVen paired with Gallbladder ND


Smelling, Messy Bowels:

The common denominator in this condition, is a lack of digestive power. Essentially, your food is not being digested and is rotting in the gut. This can lead to smelly, uncomfortable bowels that may occur every few days or every few hours. My suggestion would be to get on a Digestive Enzyme and HCL (hydrochloric acid) supplement with each meal. The combination of these two supplements will help you to properly digest your food while you can work on cleaning up your diet.

I Love Digest Complex and Premier HCL


Murky Urine:

Murky urine most likely indicates a UTI or problems with the kidneys. If you suspect a UTI, I would suggest getting on a anti-infective with cranberry, drinking TONS of purified water and supplementing with bladder and kidney nutrients. If you do not think it is a UTI, then I would suspect you are having a problem with your kidneys and I would recommend beginning a Kidney Cleanse.

My favorite cranberry anti-infective is CranStat and I love pairing it with UriVen.


Cranberry by GFHarris


Alright my movement investigators, you have made quite a big step today! Drawing the connection between what comes out of your body and how it directly reflects the health of the inside of your body. Do not underestimate the power of healthy unheated sea salt, purified water and a clean Plant-Based Diet. Be nice to your body and it will be nice to you.


A Fun Fact:

Did you know that humans never used to need toilet paper? If your diet is clean and your gut is healthy, your poo should come out clean enough that you do not need even 1 square of paper! I have gotten there so I know it is not a lie. Something to strive for eh?


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  1. Lori

    Hi Lauren,

    I just stumbled upon your website tonight, and had a question for you if you have a moment sometime. I have recently taken my family off of dairy and meat (as per husband was told he has high cholesterol at 34 and sent him home with lipitor). I asked him to give me a month to try to bring it down without medication ( Dr. said it is most likely genetic since he lives and active lifestyle and we eat pretty well). I am trying hard to find a balance with the legume/bean world for protein and have added tempeh, salmon, and baked tofu once a week each… I appreciated your protein chart and words of wisdom on to much soy ( I have worried a little with my two kids how much was to much for their little bodies). which leads me to my main question my poor husband keeps telling me he is having 4-6 bowel movements a day, and he told me they soft but not the squirts! He is super gassy! More than usual… What am I doing wrong? i read today that he may not have the right bugs in his guts to digest it properly, or i am combining the foods in a way that is making it harder to digest.. I don’t know just curious if you have any words of advice for any of the above mentioned. Thank you and I am excited to spend more time reading all you have to share. L

    • lauren

      Often when the body has a diet change to a healthier diet, the body experiences a cleansing effect. This is most likely what he is experiencing. Meat and Dairy are very hard to digest and often create high levels of mucus in the bowel. As a result, the stool becomes sticky and does not pass through the body easily. Now that you have cut that out, and added fibrous foods, the body is most likely pushing old stagnant waste from the bowel out. If he still experiences this after a couple more weeks, then you might want to get him on a probiotic. I have found this ONE extremely effective and therapeutic. Have him take about 4 daily for 1 month. That should help to increase his healthy bacteria in the gut.

      • Lynn

        I switched to a vegan glutin-free diet approximately two years ago. Over the past year I have added wheat, cheese, and fish back in and cut back on the beans because of digestive issues. I often have soft (not diarrhea) messy stools which end up leading to a bladder infection because I can’t adaquately clean myself without showering. Since I work a full time job I can’t always shower right away. I had seven bladder infections last year for this reason. I’m hoping that your suggestion to add probiotics to my diet will help.

        • lauren

          Hi Lynn, I would also make sure to add fiber into the diet as well as pre-biotics. I would try Cleanse Blend by Premier Research Labs as well as Galactan by Premier Research Labs. I would try to stay off of cheese and any refined wheat products because that is not going to help your situation. If by adding these products into your diet does not help after 6 weeks of daily use, you may have to consider using digestive enzymes and HCL with your meals.

      • Liz

        I was looking for an answer to a similar question. I recently gave up dairy, and I am eating meat only once or twice a week. (Mostly chicken and fish. I am trying to eat very clean and have been eating more olive oil instead of butter, lots of veggies and some fruit. Also occasionally some of my homemade white sourdough bread ( real sourdough). My stools have been very dark and sticky. So do you think that i am, too, getting rid of old waste? I know this was an old post, but am taking a chance that you will see this. Thank you.

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Lauren The Holy Kale

          Hello Liz, that is possible as you have been cleaning up your diet. White flour, white sugar and dairy are bit contributors to sticky stool, so if you are staying away from that an increasing your fiber through fruits and veggies, there is a good chance you are cleansing old stuff out. If you are not experiencing any digestive symptoms (bloating, gas, fullness, burping etc.) then you might rule out poor digestion, although it might be a gallbladder issue – poor bile flow. Check out my latest post on the gallbladder for a few tips on how to improve bile flow. I would also consider taking a probiotic to ensure that your gut bacteria is in balance. If it is not, and the bad bacteria is dominant, sticky stool can occur. The probiotic I have found to be most helpful and therapeutic is this one. Try taking 3-4 daily for 10 days and then backing down to 1-2 for the remainder of the month. This probiotic is a bit more expensive than others but the cost is worth it since it is more concentrated and restores gut bacteria faster than others. Good Luck!

  2. Lori

    Thank you so much, I really appreciate your time and advice.

  3. boris

    pl advice on sticky stool problem

    • lauren

      Hi Boris – how do you know it is sticky? Do you mean it contains mucus? Is it also red – like it could contain blood??

      • Namaloom

        is this forum still active? i have a same question, my stool is very sticky so that i have to flush it for 2-3 times and also i have a thin body.

        • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
          Lauren aka The Holy Kale

          Sticky stool is most likely the result of eating foods that your body is not digesting. As a result, they are irritating the intestinal lining creating mucus. You may have a food allergy to a certain food you are eating (most likely offenders – dairy, soy, gluten) so try doing an elimination diet to see. This is the process of eliminating all the common food allergens and then reintroducing them one by one every 3 days. You note how you feel and then see if any in particular are harming you. The second thing is that many foods are mucus forming because they are just plain unhealthy. Common foods here are processed, refined foods such as chips, crackers, breads, pasteries, microwave dinners, fried foods, lunch meats etc… you have to make sure you are eating healthy because your stool is a reflection of this. Finally, it will help to start increasing your vegetable intake to amp up your fiber. I would also suggest purchasing a product called Medi Clay FX which will bind to toxins in the foods and lower the inflammation. With about 3-6/day (opened in h20), you should see the quality of your stool improve.

          • Polu

            Hello madam, i recently read your post, i am facing a problem with my stools as they are very sticky take a long time to flush, i am a vegetarian, i drink a liter raw milk in morning and a liter raw milk in evening, milk is of black buffalo and i am drinking it since childhood, i am 22 years , i live in rural india, also i eat a lot of chappatis, lots of apples and thrice a bowl of pigion peas and chick peas lentins everyday, also eats lot of green vegetables, i am thin, completely fit and usually go to latrine once a day at max two, and i am facing this sticky stool problem , Kindly reply, Thanks in advance.

          • Lauren The Holy Kale
            Lauren The Holy Kale

            Hello Polu, thank you so much for writing in. I would say that your issue is connected to the milk you are drinking. It is very common for people to have a problem digesting milk properly, even if it is raw milk like you are drinking. Milk can be very mucus forming, which can lead to the sticky stool. I would suggest taking dairy out of your diet for at least one month and see how you do. Otherwise your diet sounds good. Check in then!

  4. boris

    i am 49 yrs i have active life style but have sticky stool i am a vegetarian also

  5. Hey there! I’ve been following your site for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from New Mexico. Just wanted to tell you keep up the great work!

  6. Jessica

    I have had problems with sticky stools for a long time now. I have tried removing dairy and wheat from my diet and neither have helped. I have also tried taking probiotics. I drink lots of water. Anything else you suggest? A couple of years ago, I did not have this problem. Could excessive use of antacids cause this?

    • lauren

      Hi Jessica, antacids definitely is a factor. They suppress HCL (Hydrochloric acid) production at the stomach, which is necessary for the proper digestion of your food. Without it your food rots and creates toxins in the GI tract, which is no doubt a root cause of your stool issue. If you have acid reflux, check out this post – this will be your first step and getting back on track. I then suggest doing the Intestinal Cleanse. Good Luck!

  7. Kendra

    I like the chart and the data here. I have a question though. What if one has all those symptoms just at different times? Like the stool is not always that shape for example or the pee is not always cloudy, just sometimes. Is that normal?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Hi Kendra, I would still consider looking into the specific issue. Unless you ate something that made you sick or were doing something extremely abnormal, your stool and urine should be normal.

  8. Hello, I thought this was a nice article. Apreciate you sharing.

  9. Edwin

    Great article Lauren, appreciate you putting it up. Have been trying to resolve my soft bowel movements and ran across this article. The best way to describe them is they are very healthy according to your article (on the softer side though), but, without being too much, is that I have to keep wiping and wiping until I’m very sore! Am trying to get like you mentioned, no TP at all! :)

    My diet is all raw, consisting of all whole fruits, whole veggies, large green salads, minimal fats (avocados, tahini), smoothies, veggie soups, mixed fruit salads, etc. Been doing this long term.

    Any suggestions?


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Hi Edwin, there might be an issue where your body is not absorbing enough of the water from your foods because your overall transit time is too quick. Have you considered adding in a probiotic to your diet? I personally use Dr. Ohhira. It also may take the incorporation of some cooked foods as well like cooked gluten-free grains like quinoa, rice and buckwheat. All of the raw foods may be too cooling for your system, which means that you need to add back in warm foods to balance the system out.This is based on Ayurveda medicine. Look up a test for your “dosha” body type. This may help lead you to a more balance diet and gut ecology.

  10. Roger Emerick

    If you notice the stool tends to leave a residue in the toilet bowl, so you have to use a toilet brush afterwards to clean, what is that? Sticky stool in need of probiotics as you describe above? I make my own yogurt and put in probiotics, and eat about a cup a day. Apparently not enough? Or is it something else? Thanks.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Hi Roger, yes sticky. The probiotics are a good start, but it also might require eliminating foods that are mucus-forming. This would include dairy products (yogurt, cheese, ice cream, milk) and gluten (wheat containing grains like breads, bagels, crackers, cereal etc). Try eliminating those and replacing them with whole foods like vegetables (raw and lightly steamed), raw nuts/seeds, gluten-free grains like quinoa, rice and buckwheat, and dairy alternatives like coconut/rice/almond/hemp milk and yogurt.

  11. Jack

    Hi Lauren,

    Great post!

    I’m 22 yrs old and I am having issues with going to the toilet also, (sticky and feeling of not completely finishing), this
    has been going on for a month or so. My diet now I think about it contains many fatty foods. I eat quite a lot of bread, eggs, steak, baked potato’s, pizza, stir fry etc. And don’t eat enough fruit & veg. Do you have any advice in terms of quick meals for lunch and breakfast to start with that may help? I work long hours and don’t have lots of time to spend cooking. Also do you think I should take probiotics to assist?

    Any advise/links would be much appreciated.


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Hi Jack, yes it seems as though your diet has absolutely everything to do with your issue. For one, you are eating too many foods that are difficult to digest, and are actually “sticky” meaning that they create a glue in the gut. This glue is due to the very natural of the foods you are eating, and the fact that they cause inflammation in the gut. Bread (gluten-containing grains) – all forms including pastries, bagels, pizza crust, desserts, noodles etc – and dairy are the worst offenders. I would try eliminating breads and dairy first. I would then add in vegetables. You should be aiming to eat vegetables (raw and slightly steamed – NOT fried) three times a day. These contain water and fiber, just like fruit does, which the body NEEDS to have normal bowel movements. Fiber literally binds the food together and pushes it out of the body. The water content of fruits and vegetables makes it hydrated enough so you do not get constipated. You can still eat eggs and meat, but in limited quantities. Try to fill your plate 1/2 veggies, 1/4 protein and 1/4 grains/beans or starchy veggie (like brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, baked potato). You can then add a serving (1-2 tbs or 1 small handful/1 oz.) of healthy fats like olive oil, olives, avocado, nuts/seeds, coconut oil, sesame oil to your meal. As for protein, try eating more wild fish like salmon, or white fish instead of red meat. Limit red meat consumption to a couple times a week. The best is grass-fed beef, buffalo or lamb. Focus more on fish, eggs, and organic turkey/chicken. Make sure you are drinking half your weight in ounces of water a day. Another thing you can do is add a fiber supplement into the diet, and/or greens powders that you can make into a smoothie. Starting the day with a smoothie is a great way to get your fruits and veggies down.

  12. lex

    Hi, I’ve had digestion issues since 1997. Fast forward, my stools are a mess (!!!) and need baby wipes to go. I know I have fatty liver and very constipated. A few years ago my stools were pale and sort still are but the fact that I’m not moving my bowels now, they are darker. When I use to juice, it was a like a diuretic for me and would be nothing but water because of all the celery, cucumbers and few other things. Now I started juicing again, but no bowel movement without laxative. I eat healthy fish mainly, fruits, veggies and just took out nuts and seeds because of my fatty liver. I know I’m toxic, brutal fatigue, feel like it’s turning autoammune on me and can’t lose 1 pound and need to lose 80 pounds. I take probiotics but not helping! Naturalpathic told me before I had leaky gut and now he says my bile duck is frozen. My stomach looks like basketballs are in it and my upper stomach feels like I have a football in it and cuts off my breathing. Dr/s don’t say much as all my test they did are fine except for insulin resistant, which I heard could be from a fatty liver. Please any advice as I live my life in bed, sick, wicked weak, balance issues, obese and more.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Lauren The Holy Kale

      Hi Lex, your situation is a bit complicated so it is hard to pinpoint where to start without an in person meeting, but my best suggestion for you would be to follow the Easy Intestinal Cleanse, and then target start implementing my steps for the Gallbladder. This will give you a good start by cleaning out the body system. Another herb that has shown to be extremely helpful for those with fatty liver is Reishi. If you need someone to work with directly, I might be able to recommend someone in your area. Feel free to email me directly at As always, consult with your MD about the cleanses.

  13. Ami

    Hi Lauren,

    Your site is very helpful! My poop generally varies quite a bit as my diet does and I’ve had the fab experience of not needing tp. I am far from there right now. I decided to do the Whole30 diet plan as I was wanting to cleanse after summer vacation eating-I usually don’t eat dairy or much gluten but was snacking a lot on hummus and marys crackers & eating bits of cheese and fries and chips etc so I thought W30 would help. But,,I’ve been so hungry that I’m eating way more meat & eggs than usual and loads of veggies -seasonal-lots of zucchini, some kale, cauliflower & salads & a few pieces of fruit. My stools have become irregular & sticky & mushy and messy & I don’t feel as if I’m finished. They often were like the torpedo before. I sometimes need a shower after going. I think I need grains & I miss a bit of soy. I think the 11 days have helped me stop nibbling but I’ve lost my digestion and regularity. Please help!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Lauren The Holy Kale

      Hi Ami, it doesn’t sound like your diet is too off, but if you feel like you are eating what you were eating when your stools were on track, it might be something to do with your ability to digest food. I would start taking HCL (hydrochloric acid) as a supplement, along with a probiotic. The HCL will help you to digest the foods that you are eating, therefore allowing the food to breakdown and form more proper stools. The probiotics will ensure that your bacteria in the gut is balanced, which is essential for good digestion and stool formation. I personally use Dr. Ohirra’s probiotic and HCL by Premier Research Labs. I have found these brands to be the most effective and therapeutic. *If you suffer from acid reflux/GERD/ulcers, then dont take the HCL. You should see an improvement within 2 weeks time. I would also drink 1 tbs. of apple cider vinegar before each meal, and make sure that you are not eating too many raw vegetables. While healthy, sometimes lightly steaming your veggies can help with digestion. One final thing: sometimes when the body is cleansing the stools become looser as it is pushing toxins out. While your case doesn’t sound like you are that toxic, it could still be a factor so stick with the clean diet. Best of luck!

  14. moss

    I’ve cured my constipation!
    I now eat at least one can of kidney beans, or rosecoco beans, or haricot beans, or black beans a day. The result? at least one bowel movement a day, and a huge torpedo turd which hardly smells (may be the spinach) and leaves no mark at the exit point!


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