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How much waste (poop) is in the human body at any given time?

Much more than you probably think.

Depending on your height, age, and diet you could be carrying anywhere from 5 to 20 pounds of poop in your intestines.

It’s not a pretty picture.

The stinking waste that piles up in your intestines can seriously harm your digestive health.

According to Harvard Medical School [1], symptoms of poor digestive health include:

  • Upset stomach
  • Heartburn
  • Excessive gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Skin conditions
  • Allergies
  • Rapid weight gain

The National Institutes of Health reports that as many as 70 million Americans are suffering with these and other symptoms of poor digestive health. [2]

236,000 Americans die of digestive-related disease every year.

And another 1.9 million are disabled.

Poor digestive health is much more than a problem in America. It’s a nationwide epidemic.

You need to understand WHY millions of Americans are carrying 20 pounds (or more) of feces around in their digestive system.

And what YOU can do to protect your health…

Why You Might Have 20 Pounds Of Poop
Trapped In Your Body

Do you eat the Standard American Diet of heavily processed foods? Then it’s practically guaranteed you’re lugging around unwanted pounds of poop.

Processed foods are made from refined ingredients and added substances like salt, sugar, high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and preservatives.

Some of the most common processed foods include soda, microwavable meals, cereal, lunch meat, fast food, bread, chips, crackers, cookies and candy.

A lot of these foods are marketed to you as healthy. And as a result we eat a TON of processed food in America.

A 2016 study published in the journal BMJ Open found that the average American gets 57.9% of their daily calories from ‘ultra-processed foods’. [3]


These ultra-processed foods are the worst of the worst:

Pepsi and Coke. Greasy burgers and fries. Pizza. Fried chicken. Sugary drinks from your neighborhood Starbucks.

They’re loaded with artificial ingredients. Hard-to-pronounce chemical agents like pyridoxine hydrochloride, sucralose, and dipotassium phosphate.

They’re low in fiber. So they sit in your gut for days. Weeks. And can lead to severe constipation.

These ultra-processed foods aren’t found in nature. They’re cooked up in labs run by mega-rich food companies.

And they slam the brakes on your body’s natural ability to digest and eliminate waste.

And we’re gorging on these foods in America!

No wonder the average American has 20 pounds of poop trapped in their intestines!

Your body cannot properly digest and eliminate these ultra-processed “Frankenfoods”.

As a result they get lodged in the lining of your intestinal tract in the form of old, rotten feces and mucus.

And when your intestines are crammed with putrid feces your belly bloats like a balloon.

You feel fatigued. Tired all the time. 

You seem to catch every little bug that goes around church or the office.

And your health is seriously compromised.

Unless you do something about it…

The Silent Problem Inside Of You


The intestines are a long tube running from the stomach to the anus and includes the small intestines, large intestines (colon), and rectum.

Your body absorbs most of its nutrients in the intestines.

The small intestine is about 20 feet long and about an inch in diameter. It’s responsible for absorbing nutrients from the things you eat and drink.

The large intestine, or colon, is about as long as you are tall. And it’s roughly as big around as your wrist. The colon absorbs water from waste. This creates feces.

For every foot of colon the body can store between 5 and 10 pounds of feces.

So if you’re just over five foot tall you could easily have 25 pounds of poop stuck in your colon. And that estimate is on the conservative side!

The intestines can store a vast amount of partially digested, putrefying matter,” says natural health expert, Richard Anderson, N.D., N.M.D.

“Some intestines, when autopsied, have weighed up to 40 pounds and were distended to a diameter of 12 inches with only a pencil-thin channel through which the feces could move.

“That 40 pounds was due to caked layers of encrusted mucus, mixed with fecal matter, bizarrely resembling hardened blackish-green truck tire rubber or an old piece of dried rawhide.”

Doctors refer to this poisonous waste as “mucoid plaque”. I considered including a picture of it in this article. But, frankly, the images are too graphic.

And I want to make sure not to scare you off. Because you can’t afford to miss out on the exciting health news I want to share with you…

4 Amazing Benefits
Of Good Digestive Health

When you flush trapped poop out of your intestines, your digestive health improves.

And when your digestive health improves, you gain better head-to-toe health.

You surge with more energy. You fight off cold and flu. You have a much easier time burning fat and shedding pounds.

You experience these health benefits (and more) because your digestive system is responsible for:

1. Vitamin, Mineral and Nutrient Absorption


All of your vitamin, mineral and nutrient absorption takes place in the intestines.

If your gut is burdened with 20 pounds of toxic waste, you can’t absorb the nutrients you need from the foods you eat.

And this will leave you tired, run down, and at risk for illness.

And that’s not all…

Research suggests that poor gut health could be a major contributing factor to obesity. [4]

If you’re trying to lose weight it’s essential that you purge rotten feces from your colon.

This will quickly lead to weight loss and a flatter stomach. And, it will improve your digestive health which makes ongoing weight loss easier and more effective.

2. Metabolism


Do you struggle with slow or no metabolism? Do you find it difficult to lose weight? Have you tried diet and exercise in the past but still can’t seem to get rid of unwanted pounds?

Blame it on your gut.

Scientists are now convinced that the good bacteria that live in your gut impact your metabolism and your body’s ability to lose weight. [5]

These good bacteria, known as “probiotics”, need to live in a clean, healthy environment. Not a toxic swamp filled with pounds of decaying, undigested food.

Flush the trapped poop out of your digestive system. And your good bacteria will fire up your metabolism and restore your body’s natural fat burning abilities.

3. Protection Against Illness and Disease


New research suggests that as much as 80% of your body’s immune cells are located in your digestive system! [6]

You don’t need me to tell you that poop is crawling with nasty bugs, bacteria and pathogens.

If you’ve got 20 pounds of poop sitting in your gut do you think you’ll look and feel healthy? Not a chance.

Do you find yourself getting sick more often than usual? Do you suffer from allergies? Do you feel like your health is slowly going downhill?

These are all signs that your digestive health has been compromised. And you need to act fast to flush the toxic poop that’s poisoning you from the inside out. I’ll show you how to do that in just a second…

4. Emotional Well-Being


We all want to feel happy and live life to the fullest.

Purging your digestive system of harmful waste will make you feel like a million bucks! That’s because 90% of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive system. [7]

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter known as the “happy hormone”. It influences how happy and relaxed you feel. If your digestive system is toxic and unhealthy, you’re not going to get adequate levels of serotonin.

And insufficient serotonin levels have been linked to mood swings, stress and depression.

Purge the nasty waste from your digestive system. You’ll be amazed at how much happier it makes you feel!

The benefits of a healthy digestive system are amazing.

But if you’ve got 20 pounds of toxic poop lodged in your colon, you’re not able to enjoy these health benefits the way you deserve.

You’re missing out…

70,000,000 Americans Suffer, Needlessly

Remember: the National Institutes of Health estimates that 70 million Americans experience poor digestive health.

And some experts believe that number could be closer to 100 million.


Good men and women. Who are being cheated out of the fun and vibrant health they deserve. All because the so-called “healthy” foods they eat are anything but healthy.

The mega-rich food companies load our plates with their ultra-processed junk and promise, “Dig in! It’s good for you!” But so many of these foods rot in our gut for days. Weeks. Even longer.

These foods fester and decompose in our colon. Until we’re burdened with 20 pounds of toxic poop trapped in our bodies. Harming our digestive health.

And forcing us to suffer from constipation, gas, bloating, weight gain, heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, acne, fatigue, depression and a host of other health issues.

Don’t let trapped poop rob you of your precious health!

Flush Toxic Poop From Your Body Quickly…
Painlessly… Permanently!

Could you be one of the millions of Americans with 5 pounds, 10 pounds, 20 pounds — or more — of rotting poop lodged in your colon, poisoning you from the inside out, and stealing away the precious gift of health?

Take our short Gut Health Quiz and find out:

  1. Do you regularly suffer from constipation?
  2. Do you experience gas, bloating or indigestion after meals?
  3. Are you a woman? (Women are three times as likely to experience constipation as men.)
  4. Have you eaten fast food at least once in the past 14 days?
  5. Do you sometimes feel run down and worn out for no good reason?
  6. Do you suffer from allergies or asthma?
  7. Is weight loss difficult for you even with diet and exercise?
  8. Do you have a swollen “pregnant-looking” stomach?
  9. Have you used a laxative in the past 3 months?
  10. Do you consider yourself open-minded and health-conscious?

Can you honestly answer “Yes” to two or more of those questions? If so, I urge you to watch this special free presentation.

You simply can’t afford to ignore the WARNING SIGNS your body is giving you right now.

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Now It’s Your Turn

I understand that this can be an embarrassing topic for many people. But, your body’s ability to quickly and properly eliminate waste — POOP — is critical to your health. It is the Golden Key to looking and feeling your best.

Today, millions of Americans silently suffer from poor digestive health. They don’t realize that rotting feces trapped in their colon could explain their rapid weight gain, gas, bloating, fatigue, constipation and other symptoms.

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Your turn: Why do you think 70,000,000 million Americans suffer with poor digestive health? What steps are you taking to regain control of your digestive health? Let us know in the comments section below!


  • During recent colonoscopy, I had several polyps removed. Was told I had two flat polyps and that a doctor trained in removal of such would remove same. Was told they took biopsies but found no cancer and the GI doctor is very upbeat about it being a 60-90 minute procedure. Should I be concerned? Any questions I should ask. Many thanks.

    P.s. I eat and always did lots of vegetables, little meat, and walk constantly so I was shocked when they found polyps.


    • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

      Hi Margaret, great question! When asking questions to your doctor, your goal is to gather information. Ask open ended questions such as tell me more about this procedure? What are alternative procedures? I’d ask about potential risks of the surgery, of not having the surgery, any food limitations. If you feel uncomfortable with his answers or with your doctor, you can always get a second opinion from another doctor of your choosing or ask a friend. Also, I’d ask alternative care practioners their take on it and what they would do about it. Your goal is to be informed about all options and make the best decision based on that. Hope that helps!

  • Bertha says:

    Does the prep before a colonoscopy cleanse the colon??? Taking 2 dulcolax pills, 10 Oz’s magnesium citrate and drinking a gallon of laxative​ prescribed solution. Also full liquid diet two days before and clear liquids 1 day before.

    • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

      That does cleanse the colon. When you add certain herbs and clays, these help to pull things off the sides of the colon. It has a different effect than just purging the colon.

      • Carmen Moore says:

        i used to think that after taking the gallon size prescribed laxative solution, it was supposed to clean both intestines. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s only cleansing the colon. On the other hand, the 20lbs. of poop is still there, trapped in the gut. Nearly over 22 feet of small intestine and 5 feet of the large intestine is a real slow process. How can we get the bowel working enough to move all of the poop because I am severely constipated and bloated

        • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

          Hello Carmen,
          Overuse of incorrect type of laxatives can do more damage than good to your body. It can cause Dehydration, Electrolyte imbalance, and Laxative dependence. Using natural ways to remove the waste is much safer and healthier. Things like a good Pro-biotics, Apple and prune juice, Drinking plenty of water, Fiber-rich food (such as Nuts, Raspberries, Apples, and flaxseed) You can use a daily cleanse or use a detox. We have a product called Perfect Flush that is made of natural ingredients to help remove waste such as Consisting of Psyllium Husks, Bentonite Clay, Black Walnut Hull Powder, Oat Bran Powder, Flaxseed Powder, Prune Powder, Aloe Vera Powder, L. Acidophilus, Apple Pectin Powder and Glucomannan Powder. Always check with your doctor before starting any new things to be sure its a good fit for you.
          God bless
          Dr. Charles

  • Geraldine Charles says:

    I have had chronic constipation for 9 years!! after years of EDG’S and colonoscopy and every pill liquid tablet powder out there on the market, My Dr is finally sending me to see a surgeon to have part of my bowel removed. I’m confused about something what’s going on if poop us coming from my vagina? Should I see if I can get a rush on the appointment to see the surgeon?it scared me all along if I do finally go it’s been yellow, but coming from vagina it was a cross between dark green and black
    Thank you

    • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

      Hi Geraldine, you could have a rectovaginal fistula, so I’d definitely get that checked out ASAP!

  • Wendy Charlebois (French Last name but Not) says:

    Hello Charles, My Sister over in Wales has opened my mind to this problem,
    My Dr agrees that this could be my problem, I am 69 (70 in Dec:)I now weigh over 200lbs, 5’2″
    I really believe I am full of poop as I also get Diverticulitis Attacks.
    Is your pills for real ???,
    I am full of Fluid, I wear special socks that doesn’t help, I take a water pill that doesn’t help, But I can feel a build up of poop in different parts of my body,
    I had Hemmoroid Surgery in 1974, I look like I’m 18 months Pregnant, I am afraid of dying so young as I have 12 Grandkids & I so want to do whats right to get my health back on track,
    Please Please advise A S A P, I am on a tight Pension, But always trying to buy the product to take away the waste build up as I know it’s there. I just keep puting on weight. I don’t eat anything like you describe, But rarely sometimes.
    Please get back to me, I hope this is not another gimmick. xoxo
    Do you have any testomonies ?????

    • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

      Hi Wendy, if you are on a fixed income, I’d suggest that the first thing you do is to stop eating anything with wheat in it (white flour, breads, pasta, baked goods, etc) and stop eating dairy. These are inflammatory foods. If you stop eating these for a month, I bet you’ll notice a big difference. The pills work, they are good, but nothing will replace changing your diet 🙂

  • Anna C Dion says:

    I am always boated after eating, why?

    • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

      Hello Anna,
      Bloating after you eat could be many things. Watch what you are eating try to avoid processed foods, foods with lots of sodium, and sugary foods. Be sure you check with your doctors to make sure you do not have any allergies to foods. Ensure you are intaking enough water every day. You can also use a activate enzymes and a good Probiotic. Having a good quality probiotic will help balance out any imbalance you may have that causes gas and bloating. But always check with your health care practitioner because we don’t know your case history. Best of luck.

  • Michelle says:

    I had surgery 5yrs ago prior to that in which I had my gallstones taken out. However in the back of my mind needless to say is that never once in my life would I ever experienced going through what I call embarrassing finding out that I have poop inside of my body. Although I thought it was hernia. I’m usually constantly running back and forth to the restrooms with such constipation. Making it much easier on my tasks when I am able to flush it out.

  • Michelle says:

    I never thought I would ever experienced what I am going through. Although it felt like I had hernia.

  • Shirl says:

    I don’t know where to turn for years I have had issues with severe constipation. Six months ago they removed all my large colon making it worse I can feel the bowels sitting in the abd and pelvic area nothing in the rectal. Even though my diet is poor i should still be able to move something I have used laxatives all my life and now have to use them again in n such pain and I feel the stool inside my abd area. I have so many test and told nothing wrong. I can feel the stool sitting there causing me to scream and cry in pain this is not normal this can’t be good having the toxins sitting in me causing me.pain, sweats and headaches. Not many Drs take my insurance and seem to dismiss my concerns. Should I continue laxatives or is there another alternative?

    • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

      Hi Shirl, I’m so sorry to hear that. If your large intestine was removed, then, this makes this problem extremely complicated. If I were in your situation, I would be focusing on cleaning up my diet and eating clean. No wheat, and no dairy because this causes inflammation. Start with that and see if that helps. As always check with your health care practitioner if you make any diet or exercise changes.

  • Kaly says:

    I have constipation is it because I ate to much junk food like cake gummies pizza and chips. I. An poop but it takes a little bit of a hard time. How many days is it supposed to last for constipation.

  • Yasmin Yuen says:

    Hi Dr. Charles,

    How are rice? is white rice ok?

    • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

      Hello Yasmin,
      White rice is ok in moderations it has a ton of vitamin in it but also lots of starch. Wild rice and Jasmine rice are the healthier choices if you like rice.
      God Bless
      Dr. Charles

  • Tia says:

    Is there such a thing as muscle weakness or tone? I used to be a fit 125lbs female and now after overgrowth Candida in my gut and excess mucous in stools. I’ve unknowingly lost 25 pounds within the last two years. I have had all blood work come back normal. But, I’m super skinny and cannot eat fried foods, potato wedges, sugery SWEETS, etc cause it gives me horrible smelling gas. I feel that maybe my small intestine isn’t working well? Because I don’t absorb any of my food minerals or anything to be able to gain weight. And, just turned “vegan” early this year since after 33yrs found out I was lactose intolerant to everything “cow dairy.” And oddly enough was diagnosed with Osteopenia and rhemothoid arthritis in both knees. I’ve tried everything to kill off the Candida, but I still haven’t been able to gain back my healthy weight. Plus, my joints, bones, and muscles hurt excruciatingly every day like I’ve been in a car wreck. My PCP and Nuerology specialist said it might be related problem to “Endocrine system,” but I think it’s an intestinal issue somewhere. Maybe, parasites? What Endocrine disorders are there anyways? Please Help!!!
    -wishing to get better

    • Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. Dr. Charles Livingston D.C. says:

      Hello Tia,
      Candida is a major issue in a lot of our guts and some just may not know. A major help is taking a good Probiotic and eating a diet to help kill off the Candida. When taking a probiotic it will not only help kill off the bad candida but regulate your gut with the correct bacteria you should have. Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria bifidum are the more important bacteria you need to look for when getting a probiotic. You need to avoid sugar, Starch, Pop, alcohol, and any junk food. Your diet should consist of healthy non-starchy vegetables, Fermented food, Protein, Mainly Raw foods, and be sure to drink plenty of water to flush your self out. Avoid Gluten at all cost cause it feeds the candida and helps it multiply in your gut. If you need to have a sweater use stevia. Here is the link to our Perfect Biotics Be sure to check with your care providers to make sure they are ok with you starting a supplement. Best of luck.
      God bless
      Dr. Charles

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