Interesting Facts About Poop: A Tool In The Fight Against Climate Change!

When people talk about poop, only one thing come in our mind, the morning number two.  Aside from gastroenterologists and middle scholars, most people don’t talk much about poop. With the exception of North Korea’s former dictator Kim Jong-Il (who claimed in his campaign of self-deification that he never defecated), everybody poops. We may like to keep our bathroom habits private, but it turns out they’re surprisingly interesting.
Poop is the way our body gets rid of waste. We’re all friends here, so let’s not be shy when it comes to one of the most basic of human functions: pooping. Go ahead, get your laughs out now. But trust us, when your bowels aren’t behaving, it is not really funny.
Sometimes it’s not so obvious what’s causing the intestinal commotion. It turns out that poop is more than just the punch line; it’s actually an indicator of how well the body’s systems are working to absorb nutrients, eliminate waste, and keep everything moving.
You poop every day and sometimes multiple times a day. Does that mean you know everything there is to know about poop? Not even close! This article has some interesting facts about poop that you probably didn’t know. They’re gross, strange, funny, weird and even cute – who knew!
1. If you want to poop more, eating fiber-rich foods like sweet potatoes, raspberries, black beans, and edamame can help.
2. Poop is brown because of iron-filled red blood cells in the intestines. Basically, healthy poops are colored brown from a pigment that results from the breakdown of red blood cells in the intestines. They effectively rust over, and the browner the better.
Ever spot a green goblin in the can? That’s okay, too – it means you’ve eaten a lot of irony foods like spinach, other leafy greens, beans or red meat. It could also mean you’ve eat some foods with green food coloring. Note: You should know better than to eat green Jello.
3. Some poops float because they contain a lot of gas. Also known as “floaters,” they have a lower density than water, caused by a high gas content. This may happen when bacteria in the body doesn’t get expelled as a gas bubble, and takes lodging inside the feces.
4. Stinky poop is not necessarily a bad sign. If your family members aren’t able to use the toilet for an hour or two after you finish off your pooping ritual, it will simply mean that there’s plenty of bacteria in your gut that are sweating (working) hard to keep you healthy. The stink is actual a result of bacterial actions on the food during digestion process.
6. In WWII, German tank drivers in Africa used to drive tanks over camel poop for luck. Allies responded by planting land mines disguised as camel dung. Germans got wind of this and began riding over dung that was already overrun with tank tracks. In turn, Allies made mines looking like overrun dung.
7. Diarrhea is your stool on speed. Digestion can take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours, during which time the food you’ve eaten travels down your esophagus to your stomach, then to your small intestine, your large intestine, and out through the anus.
Diarrhea is the result of stool passing too quickly through the large intestine, where most of the water content is absorbed. (Constipation, on the other hand, is when it takes too long for stool to pass through.)
Loose stools can be due to many factors, including stomach viruses and food-borne illness. They can also result from food allergies or intolerances, like lactose intolerance, or from other digestive issues.
8. The modern method of sitting and pooping as opposed to the traditional squatting position can actually lead to pelvic and colon diseases such as diverticulitis (a situation in which poop gets trapped in colon), constipation, hemorrhoids etc. So, you better squat and poop.
9. Poop is composed of 75% water. The rest of it is bacteria – dead and living – protein, fiber (indigestible food like cellulose), cells, fats, salts, mucous. The fiber is important because it adds bulk to the poop, basically acting as a lead blocker, helping to move it through the intestines.
10. The smell of books makes some people need to poop. The Mariko Aoki phenomenon consists of the urge to defecate while visiting a bookstore. Originating in Japan, it is named after the woman who first publicized such an urge.
11. Poop is a tool in the fight against climate change. Right now, synthetic fertilizers are big contributors to greenhouse gasses. It’s not the fertilizers themselves, but rather the process used to make them.
Some people want to change that by using human waste to create natural fertilizers. Our poop is full of nutrients, so it makes sense to bring this to crops. The trick, though, is to make the process safe for all involved.

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