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Poop Little Balls? How to Fix It.

By on March 15, 2016
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I get a lot of requests to talk about constipation, from people who poop little balls, and have other vata digestion issues.

I’ve always been pretty candid (pitta), and there’s no turning back now, so I’ll just keep going.

A question from my friend about her poop:

She said she could only poop little balls. That made me sad for her.

Thus, I put together some Ayurveda ideas so that her poop gets back on track.

Please see below and excuse (or enjoy?) the candor of the email below.

Here’s to happy pooping!


I’m not sure you want to hear about this, but I only poop little balls lately. From what I research, it’s a lack of hydration in the colon, but I drink freakin’ water all day long!! It could also be sugar, processed food and alcohol (just wine in my case). I love my wine, but I’ve cut back a lot. I’ve never been a big processed food eater, but it could be the sugar. The candy has been a-flowin’ into my mouth as of late. I think I need to do a little detox. Also, from your article I gleaned that it’s a vata thing and I need to eat more oils/fats. I’m not really sure how much tho? I’m already dealing with a hefty 5lb increase because of those damn candies, so I don’t want to increase this too much.

Ah Yes, You Need Oils & Fats, Sweetie!

I you poop little balls it is dehydration, but water isn’t heavy or warm or unctuous (oily) enough to pull out the poops.

Water is helpful for hydration…

…but you need oleation (ghee!).

I know you may have gained 5lbs on candies, but you you still need oils.

Oils for vata does NOT make you fat! Does not, repeat, DOES NOT.

What it actually does is helps you feel satisfied so that you are not inclined to eat all the candies – instead, maybe just one or two and you’re done.

It could definitely be the sugar and the wine.

The root cure is actually to stop the candies and incorporate oils instead.

The munch munch munchie is typical vata eating, but it’s largely because they are rarely full and never satisfied.

The lack of satisfaction is due to lack of proper fats.

Good fats:

  • Settle the nervous system
  • Feed the brain
  • Help the poops
  • Nourish all tissues (so we aren’t walking around like dried out sticks)

Dried out sticks break.

Dried out sticks have NO immunity so they get sick easy – their ojas (life essence, vitality, immunity) gets depleted.

Instead, we want to be a malleable palm tree that easily bends and sways with the wind.

Recommendations If You Poop Little Balls

  • Pour a little oil in a container (almond or whatever you have in the house – even olive would work) and keep it in the shower. At the end of your shower, put the oil on like lotion with firm strokes toward the heart. Let the water sort of rinse it off but don’t rub it off. This will help your skin and tell your body *ding ding* that it has nice oils.
  • Get in the habit of drizzling your veggies with olive oil. Italians live a hell of a long time and it’s because their bodies are kept youthful by all that olive oil! When we dry out we look and feel older.
  • Drizzle a little olive oil on your hummus (that’s the way they eat it!) in a circle (looks pretty) and have with some olives or olive tapenade and pine nuts. Serve with warm naan (not toasted).
  • Dust your bread with some olive oil and then toast it – sprinkle w/ salt and pepper.
  • Consume foods that are abundant in happy, satisfying fats:
    • Avocado
    • Salmon
    • Walnuts
    • Almonds
    • Oil
  • Grounding foods:
    • Rice
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Sweet potato (Vata super food)
    • Beets (warm)
    • Hearty soups
    • Thai/Indian meals
    • Goopy foods with lots of moisture.
  • Put some raisins (best to soak over night in water and use the water to make the oatmeal) in your oatmeal. Dates are also great. These increase rasa (plasma) tissue which will increase ojas and elasticity in the tissues. When the tissues are elastic, your poop will be too.
  • Shoot, even FRIED foods right now would help! French fries – you have my permission.
  • Prunes? Sorry, dried plums? Eat 3-5 prunes in the morning, on an empty stomach and drink some warm herbal tea or warm water with them. You should go in about 4 hours.
  • Normally I’d be pushing the ghee because it’s freakin’ magical for this kind of thing.  Plus it rev’s metabolism, so unless you are super kapha with some ama (toxins), it’s highly unlikely you will gain weight from ghee. But, I respect your non-dairy approach so I’m trying to give other options.

Does this help?

Let me know if this makes sense or if you have more questions. I hope this resonates.

Cheers to Happy Poops! XOXOXO


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About Monica Bloom

Monica Bloom is an Ayurvedic practitioner, writer, lecturer, and creator of the Ayurvedic blog, HeyMonicaB.com: A Blooming Resource on Ayurveda, reaching readers worldwide. Her purist delivery of ancient wisdom fused with Midwest humor and practicality make her an impactful entertaining healer. Monica is a wife, mama of a spirited toddler, and owner of three animals. She currently works a 40-hour corporate grind in San Francisco, making her an expert at tucking Ayurveda neatly into our modern lives as she manages the daily crazies just like everyone else.


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