Pale or clay colored stool is lighter than the healthy brown you should be aiming for, and could indicate that you may want to pay special attention to your body. “That could be a gallstone or bile duct blockage,” Bulsiewicz notes. With this, it’s best to check with a healthcare professional to make sure you’re taking the cues your body is giving you to support your overall well-being.
“Color isn’t the only thing that matters. I actually think the form and texture of the stool is the most important thing,” adds Bulsiewicz. With that, don’t jump to conclusions—even if your poop is black, you very well could be fine.