If pooping is comfortable, things are (literally) going well
Pooping shouldn’t require too much pushing. Likewise, bowel movements shouldn’t hurt. Ideally, you should “evacuate” your waste with almost zero effort and feel as though you’ve fully emptied yourself, Princeton, New Jersey-based gastroenterologist Anish Sheth, MD, author of What’s Your Poo Telling You?, told Time. Here are some of your weirdest pooping habits, explained by science.
A brown bowel movement is best
Stool should be any shade of brown or green. “Typically, the food you eat takes three days from consumption to becoming waste,” says Dr. Neal. “If stool is on the greener side, it may have taken a shorter time to digest, but it’s generally no cause for concern.” If stool appears black or tarry, it may be evidence of blood (more about that later). “The darker the stool, the higher up in your GI tract the blood is likely coming from,” Dr. Sheth told Time. He explains that blood emanating from ulcers or stomach problems will darken as it passes through your digestive system. Watch out for these clear signs that you have irritable bowel syndrome.