09/27/2012 03:36 EDT

Poo Colour: 7 Reasons Why Your Poop May Change Colour (INFOGRAPHIC)


The last thing anyone wants to do is put their head between their legs and inspect the colour of their poop. But guess what? It's not a bad idea.

According to an infographic created by, our poop is made up of 75 per cent water, while the other 25 per cent is a mix of fibre, dead bacteria and a mixture of fats, inorganic salts, dead cells, mucus and live bacteria.

But if that last sentence grossed you out, it shouldn't. Fecal matter is the natural process in our bodies to ensure that our digestive systems are functioning and our body is getting rid of unwanted waste. On average, there is no "normal" number for the average person's bowel movements. Your routine depends on your diet, and some people may go every day at the same time, while others just go when they need to, according to an article in Everyday Health.

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Poop Colour Chart

Dr. Oz says pooping should occur 20 hours after you finish eating a meal (to test it out, eat beets and see if your poop changes colour). But if you are going less than three times a week, you should probably consider adding more fibre into your diet or see your family doctor for more help.

The graphic also has interesting poop facts, including why our poop smells foul (bacteria-producing compounds enriched in sulfur and nitrogen), and why some foods like corn kernels are indigestible and often just end up in our toilet bowls.

Click the graphic to see a larger image:

Facts About Poop

SEE: 10 foods to make you "go":

10 Foods For Constipation