Why does your poop smell worse all of a sudden?

Smelly poop could indicate that you have irritable bowel movement (IBS).

Let us be honest. Poop never smells great. But if you have noticed lately that your poop smells even pungent than ever, it could be a sign that something is not right in your digestive system. Delhi-based gastroenterologist Dr Naresh Gulati tells you what could lead to a smelly poop.

The smell of your poop depends on two factors-- the bacteria in the intestinal tract and the food you eat.

  • Malabsorption is a common cause. It occurs when your body does not have the capability to absorb nutrients from the food you consume. The odour in the stool is formed by the gases in the intestine that gets produced when the fibre gets fermented. So, if your poop is a bit smellier since the past two days, it could only be because of what you ate.
  • In some cases, an imbalance in gut bacteria can lead to smelly poop which is also accompanied by diarrhoea, flatulence or even bloating. This is most commonly caused by an intestinal infection or intestinal disease. Commonly known as gastroenteritis, intestinal infections are commonly caused by bacteria, parasites or viruses. Some organisms that cause foul-smelling stools are Escherichia Coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, as well as Giardia, among others. Drinking or consuming contaminated water and food, respectively, usually leads to this. Here are the most common misconceptions of pooping you should know about.

However, if the consistency of your bowel movements has changed and the smell hasn t gone away it is best that you consult a doctor. Smelly poop could also be a symptom of other issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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Pro tips

  • It is essential that you stay hydrated and drink a lot of water. Your body is made largely of water and a well-hydrated system help in the smooth running of the digestive system.
  • Every meal you eat should contain both soluble and insoluble fibres. Therefore eating meals that include vegetables, whole grains, beans, oat bran, nuts, seeds and legumes is essential for proper digestive health. These tips will help improve your digestive health.

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