What is poop made of? | Bacteria germs in poop July 5, 2015 21:07

Users of Etiquette toilet paper moistener for a wet or moist wipe know what poop is made of and how to avoid bacteria germs with good bathroom personal care hygiene.

If you have ever wondered what poop was made of, you have come to the right place. Here at Etiquette, we take matters of personal hygiene very seriously, and one of the more important aspects of good hygiene involves managing things well in the bathroom. Yes, that's right, aiming for that confident, sexy clean so you can live life bodaciously. 

Human poop, or the official "feces," or the more medical sounding "stool," is mostly made of water (about 75%) depending on how long the feces stayed in your intestine. The rest is made up of dead bacteria, living bacteria, residual protein, fiber that cannot be digested, dead intestine cells, mucous, fats, and other minor substances.

Poop can vary in its appearance depending on your general health, what you have eaten and the health of your digestive system. Normally it is a soft semisolid with a mucus coating from your rectum where the poop is stored before you go number two and wipe with Etiquette.  There is individual variation as to how often a person goes #2 each day.

The average person poops about once a day, but this </span><span>can range from three times a day to once every three days and still be fairly normal.  If you are not in this range, and your feces does not seem normal (too hard, too soft, odd color, etc.) you should speak to your doctor.   Brown poop is a pretty good sign you are a relatively healthy individual; an unusual color for any length of time requires a visit to your doctor.  

Why is poop is a certain color and smells?

Feces are mostly shades of brown or yellowish-brown because they contain a yellowish substance called bilirubin that is present throughout the body and deposited in the intestine. When iron combines with bilirubin, it gives it a brown color. Poop is brown because of the iron content. 

Adults can also have green poop if they eat large amounts of green, leafy vegetables. Green feces can also occur with diarrhea because in this case, bile passes through the intestine unchanged without being bound by iron as mentioned above. Bile is a fluid produced by the liver that helps digest fat. 

The bacteria inside of the feces is what makes it smell so bad. The bacteria produce various compounds and gases that make it smell unpleasant. Hydrogen sulfide gas is an example of an inorganic gas that is produced by bacteria during digestion.

So, what are the names of the nasty microscopic bacteria germs found in poop?

  1. Staphylococcus* - most people have heard of this germ although they may not realize it. This bugger is often referred to it by its popular nickname - "Staph" - as in, "John couldn't make it, he got a Staph infection, and his face is all swollen." 
  2. Streptococcus* - another commonly known germ that many people are introduced to during childhood after getting a throat infection. Bacteria in this group are commonly referred to as "Strep." This is usually a kid's first experience with the cuture swab when the doctor uses the large Q-Tip like cotton smab and touches it to the back of the throat to see if harmful Strep germs are growing in the throat.
  3. Enterococcus* 
  4. E. coli*
  5. Proteus*
  6. Psuedomonas* 
  7. Bacteroides* 
  8. Lactobacillus
  9. Clostridium* 
  10. Corynebacterium 
  11. Mycobacteria 
  12. Spirochetes 
  13. Mycoplasmas
    *The ones with the asterisk can cause major human disease. 
    Oh, and by the way, it's a good idea to put the lid down before you flush...check out the video below and see why