My Poop is green, what does it mean?
Your bowel movements tell a story of your health.
The type, color, shape, and consistency of your feces reveal important information about your
colon, intestines, and your body in general.
With Ayurveda, you can learn to decipher the mysteries and meaning of your stool,
and become a virtuoso poop detective!
This free quiz can help you discover signs and symptoms of bowel health & imbalance.
It includes an assessment of bowel elimination, and stools.
When you are done you will be taken to a results page where you can view your imbalances.
The results from this test will guide you to healthy food choices and recipes matching your body's unique digestive needs.
This test will take approximately ten minutes to fill.
Page 1: Please choose the symptoms you've experienced on a regular basis, or that were significant in the past.
|Check the boxes that best describe your 'Stool'|
|Sausage / banana shaped stool|
Sausage / banana shaped stool
This type of stool indicates a healthy, well-formed stool. The ideal poop is like a banana in size, shape and consistency with a medium brown color and no cracks on the surface. The bowels should eliminate 1-2x daily, with the first movement in the m...
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|Sausage shape with cracks on surface|
Sausage shape with cracks on surface
Cracks on the surface of a stool indicate moderate dryness of the stool and dehydration. The stool may be sitting in the bowels for too long. As the stool sits in the bowels, the intestines continue to absorb water from them, making the stool into a ...
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|Sausage or snake with smooth surface|
Sausage or snake with smooth surface
A smooth surface on stool indicated the stool is well hydrated. A long stool indicates adequate fiber or poor absorption. The ideal poop is like a banana in size, shape and consistency with a medium brown color and no cracks on the surface. The bowel...
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|Long, large stool (Lincoln Log)|
Long, large stool (Lincoln Log)
The satisfying daily release of a long, large lincoln log stool indicates adequate soluble and insoluble fiber in the diet. The fiber absorbs moisture which increases the size of the stool. When constipation is accompanied by a long, large stool, it ...
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|Rabbit pellet / Hard lumpy stool|
Rabbit pellet / Hard lumpy stool
Small, hard stool indicates either dryness in the colon or that the stool is sitting in the colon for too long. Hard, dry stools are considered to be a sign of constipation. When stool sits in the colon too long, it begins to rot. The rotting stool c...
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|Stool formed, but porous & airy|
|Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces|
Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces
Irritation, inflammation and osmotic laxatives can often cause stools to completely liquefy. This condition quickly depletes the body of fluids and electrolytes, causing weight loss and dehydration. The loss of electrolytes can lead to muscle cramps ...
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|Stool in mushy pieces mixed with liquid|
Stool in mushy pieces mixed with liquid
Stool in pieces mixed with liquid should be differentiated from mud-like stool. Mud like stool is stool that has never formed into a solid. Mushy pieces imply the stool was formed, then mixed with liquids, perhaps implicating the colon. When the lini...
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|Frothy Stool / with Bubbles|
|Stool thick mud|
Stool thick mud
Stool that is thick mud can imply that digestive organs are too weak to fully digest the food (Vata). Or, muddy stools can reflect a diet that is too rich. It may also be a sign of excess bile (Pitta). If the stool has a foul odor, it is a hot & sour...
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Stools become soft when digestion is weak (Vata), the bowels are irritated (Pitta), after consumption of laxatives (Vata), excess of bile (Pitta) and many other reasons. Generally, soft stool are a sign of low agni (digestive fire). Easy to digest, f...
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|Pencil stool - thin & long|
Pencil stool - thin & long
Pencil stool often indicates inflammation in the digestive tract narrowing the lumen, especially if the anus feels itchy or irritated. This type of inflammation can obstruct the movement of stools. It can also be a simple sign of loose stools that ha...
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|Groove in length of stool|
Groove in length of stool
A polyp, internal hemorrhoid, or something protruding into the colon can create a consistent groove in the stool.
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|Parasite passed in stool||Foul odorous stool|
Foul odorous stool
The body doesn't make foul odors. Odorous stool implies food is rotting and fermenting in the gut. Poop starts to rot when it sits too long in the gut (constipation). When you cannot absorb the nutrients from your food (malabsorption, Vata), the bact...
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|Undigested food in stool|
Undigested food in stool
Skins of foods, poorly chewed foods, and foods that are difficult can be seen in the stools. Undigested food is often a sign of a low digestive fire. Poor digestion may be due to a blood deficiency, stress, poor routine & eating habits, or eating dif...
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|Shiny / oily / fatty stools|
Shiny / oily / fatty stools
May be caused by pancreatic enzyme insufficiency. Ayurveda considers fatty stools a problem of low agni. Hydration and electrolyte balance help restore the function of all exocrine glands, including the pancreas.
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|Mucus on stool|
Mucus on stool
Dairy, wheat, sweets, and red meat have ample gooey quality, increasing mucus in the digestive tract. Mucus in the stool is a sign of high Kapha, amoeba infection, or other causes, including parasites and candida. Add roughage to your diet, which wil...
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Sinking stool is a sign of a rich, heavy diet. Ice cream often makes the stool sink. When food sits in the bowels too long, the stool may become hard and dense. Easy to digest food, mild digestives and fiber should be used to clear the digestive trac...
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High fat content may cause stools to float. Stools will appear yellow in this case. Stools may float if the fiber in the stool is high, generally appearing bulky. Stools also float when fermentation aerates the stools.
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|Pus in stool|
Pus in stool
Pus in stool is a sign of active infection. Please see a medical doctor promptly to address this condition.
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|Check the boxes that best describe your 'Stool Color'|
|Light brown stool|
Light brown stool
While yellow or green stool indicates quick transit time through the bowels. A light brown stool may be lacking sufficient bile, a sign of Vata type dryness in the liver. Eating more leafy greens, sours, and staying hydrated can help increase the amo...
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|Dark brown stool|
Dark brown stool
Stercobilin is the chemical responsible for the brown color of human fecal material. When stool sits in the colon too long, it becomes smaller, drier, and more concentrated, thus darker. You can test colon transit time by eating a cup of well cooked ...
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A light brown or yellow stool indicates insufficiency of bile production, or decreased bowel transit time. Eating more leafy greens, sours, and staying hydrated can help increase the amount of bile. Insufficient bile can cause lazy colon type of cons...
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Green poop is caused by a bright green fluid called bile, secreted by the liver. Bile helps you digest fat and helps you absorb fat soluble vitamins. It is also an intestinal lubricant that softens the stool.
Your stool is initially green in your ...
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Gray or light colored stool may have insufficient bile for digestion.
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|Tarry black stools|
Tarry black stools
Babies have tarry black stools called melena for the first few days after birth. Otherwise, tarry black stool indicates implies blood in the stool that has been digested. This tarry black stool will have a peculiar smell and indicates upper gastroint...
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Blood in the stool can be scary. Bright red blood on the toilet paper could indicate bleeding in rectum, perhaps due to hemorrhoids,anal fissures, diverticulum, or inflammation near the anus, or the passing of a large, hard stool. Bright red blood on...
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|Orange / Rubbery Stool|
Orange / Rubbery Stool
The bile of man and carnivorous animals is of a deep orange-red color, turning to greenish-brown by decomposition of its coloring matter. The bile pigment of man and carnivora is chiefly the reddish form called bilirubin. It is insoluble in water but...
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|Check the boxes that best describe your 'Elimination'|
In Vata constipation the stools are dry and hard. Kapha constipation may be associated with depression and hypothyroid. In Pitta constipation, the stools are smelly and sticky. The importance of healthy elimination in Ayurveda is summarized by the ph...
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|Use laxatives frequently||Sometimes < 1 elimination a day|
Sometimes < 1 elimination a day
Mild or intermittent constipation can cause emotional instability. Ayurveda suggests that bowel should be moved at least once a day, and offers many tips for encouraging regularity of the bowels.
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|1-2 bowel movements a day|
1-2 bowel movements a day
1-2 bowel movements a day is ideal. Stool should be like a banana in size, shape, and consistency with a medium brown color. The surface should be smooth but not slimy.
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|3+ bowel movements a day|
3+ bowel movements a day
Unless a person eats a large amount of fiber, Ayurveda suggests that one should aim 1-2 bowel movements per day. Three or more bowel movements per day could imply malabsorption of nutrients from food. Frequent bowel movements also release precious el...
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Diarrhea is a serious condition that should be reviewed by a medical doctor. Diarrhea may be a sign of inflamed, irritated intestines, too much bile in the intestines, or secondary to indigestion.
Some people have trouble absorbing bile acids in ...
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|Alternating Diarrhea / Constipation|
Alternating Diarrhea / Constipation
Alternating diarrhea and constipation is often simply constipation that eventually irritates the colon. Diarrhea dries out the colon, causing constipation. Constipation irritates the colon, causing diarrhea. This is symptomatic of 'low agni' (digesti...
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|Voiding large quantity of stool|
Voiding large quantity of stool
A well-formed long, lincoln log stool is a sign of a high fiber diet and often very healthy. Elimination more than once a day, or a larger quantity of softer stools can be a sign of fermentation (hot), or poor digestive function (cold). Soft stools c...
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Gas and watery stools together make the elimination explosive. Explosive elimination is often a sign of both irritated and weakened intestines. This condition should be addressed as quickly as possible.
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|Diarrhea quickly after eating|
Diarrhea quickly after eating
Diarrhea is a serious condition that should be reviewed by a medical doctor. Diarrhea quickly after eating may imply irritation in the intestines, an overactive gastro-colic reflex, or IBS.
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Fecal incontinence may result from weakness of the muscles in the rectum, rapid emptying of veins in the sphincter, or inflammation causing an acute urge to defecate. Ashwini mudra may help in weakness. reduce blood stagnation in blood stasis.
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|Straining to eliminate|
Straining to eliminate
Straining could results from hard, dry stools (Vata). Or, inflammation of the intestines (Pitta) and lack of muscle tone in the terminal colon. Excess mucus could prevent elimination of stool (Kapha).
Straining could cause prolapse of the rectum a...
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|Urge to defecate (tenesmus)||Impacted Fecal Matter|
Impacted Fecal Matter
A clean colon is the measure of health in Ayurveda. Ayurveda gives great importance to cleansing impacted fecal matter using laxatives or enema where appropriate. The impacted matter can be a source of toxicity and infection.
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