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    You've been warned. The topic is feces, so now is your chance to turn back!

    Does anyone really know what the deal is with floaters? The most common answer is that fat is less dense than water, so basically a high-fat diet will result in floaters. One person, a nurse, said it could suggest liver problems.. something about the liver should be breaking the fats down, and if it's coming out in your stool, then you could have a liver problem.

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    Often times it can be trapped gas.
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      I do wonder the same thing. Before I went gluten-free, I used to have floaters, pale in colour. Something was not right, for sure, but I'm still in the process of figuring out what was wrong. I'm just discovering the same thing happens when I eat nuts, as well as other bad effects. For me I take it as an indication that something is amiss.

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        *giggles*
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          I have read before on Celiac sites that pale floating poop is a sign of Celiac disease. I have never had that particular issue myself although I am gluten intolerant. I do find that staying paleo- gluten, dairy, soy free w/ high protein and lots of fat and green veggies optimizes elimination for me.
          Mama to 4, wife to my love

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          • #6
            Floating poop is just trapped gas and significant of nothing.

            Gutsense is the place to go for understanding stools.

            And I am proud to be pushing type 4s with the occasional type 5s.

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            • #7
              Underground wellness has a couple informative videos: Pooping 2.0 and The Poop Lineup Revisited.
              Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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              • #8
                Floaters are usually a sign of fat malabsorption. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steatorrhea. Digestive enzymes and probiotics may help.

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                • #9
                  The dark brown color comes from bile, which should have been there to digest fats. If it all is pale brown, liver tonics can improve matters. Milk thistle, dandelion root, yellow dock, mugwort, elecampane root, Swedish bitters; lots of herbs can help liver function. Probably a Google of "liver herbs" would yield a lot of information.

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                  • #10
                    Fat malabsorption. Ok, I'm a tad concerned now. You mean this is not typical for everyone on a high fat diet? I can't exactly see a doctor about this to get advice, you know they'll just be shocked that I'm intentionally eating foods high in fat.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CaptSaltyJack View Post
                      Fat malabsorption. Ok, I'm a tad concerned now. You mean this is not typical for everyone on a high fat diet? I can't exactly see a doctor about this to get advice, you know they'll just be shocked that I'm intentionally eating foods high in fat.
                      I am not sure if there are any harmful effects of this but it seems as if it is not normal. I eat about 50-60% of my calories from fat but my poop does not float and I have not heard of anyone elses doing that either. Do you eat a lot of greens and veggies?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Dosenberry View Post
                        I am not sure if there are any harmful effects of this but it seems as if it is not normal. I eat about 50-60% of my calories from fat but my poop does not float and I have not heard of anyone elses doing that either. Do you eat a lot of greens and veggies?
                        No, not a whole lot of greens and veggies. Some, but not a lot.

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                        • #13
                          As usual there is a lot of overlap between normal and abnormal. Not all floaters mean malabsorption. Malabsorption floaters are also usually greasy, voluminous and especially foul.

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                            How much alcohol - if any - do you drink? Just wondering if this could affect fat digestion....

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                            • #15
                              Hardly any, anymore. Maybe a drink once every couple weeks.

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