You may be aware by now that your gut is filled with a host of living organisms that make up your gut microbiome, and these little bugs might be calling the shots when it comes to our digestive health. Not content being one-trick microbes, they can soothe inflammation, help cure IBS, downplay diarrhea, and maybe even have a say in satiety. It becomes pretty clear, then, that when it comes to the gut, sterile is not the answer.
Goodbelly, a maker of probiotic drinks (filled with billions of beneficial bacteria), found out the scoop on America’s digestive health and shared their results with Natural Solutions. “We can all find humor in poop as one of the more unglamorous aspects of daily life,” said Alan Murray, CEO of GoodBelly. “But pooping is also an important indicator of a person’s health. That’s why we set out to get the scoop on America’s bathroom habits—to help draw attention to the importance of digestive health and offer a solution to help make ‘the go’ a more positive experience.” of people get the scoop on their own poop, looking at it before flushing.
of couples have an open dialogue about pooping, and 22 percent have an open door policy.
often poop at work (because who doesn’t love getting paid to poop?).
avoid using public restrooms whenever possible (because, yuck!).
use mobile devices while on the toilet. of people poop multiple times each day, but nearly 10 percent are surprisingly only going three times or less per week.
Young adults ages 18-24 spend more time on the toilet than any other adult age group.
people older than 65 are the quickest in the bathroom.
A wastewater treatment plant in Washington DC is turning poop into power. Through a process called thermal hydrolysis and anaerobic digestion, they are able to convert solid waste into a renewable energy source that provides 12 megawatts of electricity.