If you latest bathroom sessions have left you feel less than fresh in a major way, then take note. The surprising things it means when your poop smells extra bad can say so much about your health. Sure, it isn't something you want to think about, well, ever, but it's part of life.
As off-putting as it may be, poop can provide serious insights into your body. In fact, medical professionals recommend you pay attention to it. No, really. "Daily attention can tell you whether you eat enough fiber or have health problems, like cancer or inflammatory bowel disease," said gastroenterologist Anish A. Sheth, MD, in Everyday Health. Although changes in appearance or color might ring the alarm bells for most people, there's also the whole issue of smell. Although it's not going to be a bouquet, a seriously rough odor can mean something is up in your gut.
Dietary sensitivities, medical issues, and even food allergies can all cause serious odors when you go number two. So if you're blowing through several bottles of Poo-Pourri a week, consider these possibilities. And as always, don't hesitate to meet with your doctor for help. It's an embarrassing condition for some people, but you deserve to be free from abdominal distress.