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The State of Poop in America Survey

General health, Gut microbiome health
The State of Poop in America Survey

What we discovered about America’s potty habits.

Everybody does it. Yet only half of us talk about it.

It's time to dish the dirt...on pooping! As the makers of a probiotic that helps the body process fiber, we set out to better understand America's potty habits through a nationwide survey appropriately called The State of Poop in America.

 

Why is it so important to understand what kind of deuces America's dropping? 
Poop is an essential marker of overall health, especially gut health. The color, consistency and smell of bowel movements are all indicators of how food moves through your GI tract, healthy (or unhealthy) eating habits, potential health issues like internal bleeding, the diversity of your gut microbiome, and much more.

 

How can you tell if your poop is healthy or not? 

The Bristol Stool Chart (below) was developed to help classify stool into seven different groups. 

 

WebMD Bristol Stool Chart
Image credit: WebMD

 

According to WebMD: 

The ideal stool is generally type 3 or 4, easy to pass without being too watery.

Type 1 or 2 typically indicates constipation.

Types 5, 6, and 7 typically indicate diarrhea.

What can you do to improve your stool?

Thanks for asking. Pendulum Lead Dietitian Kristin Neusel notes, "Along with probiotic use to help improve gut health, we recommend a fiber-rich diet, including soluble fiber to address constipation (e.g., apples, oats, psyllium) and/or insoluble fiber to help with diarrhea (e.g., whole wheat foods, beans, carrots). When you increase fiber, be mindful to increase it slowly over time and to make sure you’re also getting enough fluid.”

To learn more about how much daily fiber you actually need and easy ways to add it to your meals, click here.

 

So tell me, what did you find out in The State of Poop in America survey?

According to our survey audience of 1,000 adults ages 18 and older:

  • 50% of respondents rarely, if ever, talk about dropping a deuce
  • Those who “often” talk about their underwater sculptures confide in family members (56%), followed by friends (22%) or medical professionals (22%).
  • 56% of respondents bust a grumpy 1-2 times per day, whereas 29% only drop their kids off at the pool 2-3 times per week.
  • Only 12% of respondents note that their log cabin routine has worsened since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

TMI? Respondents say no. In fact, more than half of those surveyed (51%) wish they knew more about poop than they do.

Next time you're in the bathroom, we encourage you to pay a little closer attention to what comes out to better inform you on what's going on inside.

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