6 Reasons Why Your Poop Smells So Bad
Anyone who's had to bust out air freshener after a number two session knows that some visits to the throne can be more potent than others. While it's no secret that poop is supposed to smell bad, a next-level nasty aroma could be a sign that something's off with your digestive system. Look into one or more of these possible culprits:
You Eat a Lot of Meat
When you eat foods that are high in sulfur—such as meats, dairy, garlic, and cruciferous veggies (think: broccoli, cabbage, kale)—your gut works overtime to digest them and produces a larger amount of the gasses that make your poop smell. "Even with normal digestion, these foods will lend an eggy aroma to stool," says Anish Sheth, M.D., author of What's Your Poo Telling You? Translation: Avoid sulfur-rich foods on a first date.
You're Lactose Intolerant
If things get explosive every time you dig into your fave ice cream, you could be lactose intolerant. "Lactase is an enzyme that breaks lactose down to make it easier for your body to digest," explains Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. "If you lack the lactase enzyme or produce an insufficient amount, bacteria in your large intestine causes the undigested lactose to ferment and produce foul-smelling gas and stools." Put the kibosh on the discomfort (and aroma) by cutting back on dairy products, switching to lactose-free options, or popping lactase enzyme tablets (such as Lactaid) just before a meal or snack.