A Scoop On Poop: How Having A Healthy Gut Could Actually Earn You Big Bucks

by Brent Woods

Do you believe that you have a pretty healthy gut? Do you expel what you perceive as "normal" stools when you sit on your ceramic throne? Then you could be a candidate to become a fecal donor transplant. And the pay for donating your poop? Well, it isn't crappy.

When Is a Fecal Transplant Required?

A human's gut contains both "good" and "bad" bacteria. On occasion, especially after the use of antibiotics, the good bacteria in a person's gut can get killed off in such numbers that they are left with only the so-called bad bacteria, known as Clostridium difficile. Unfortunately, this could lead to terrible bowel issues. One of the primary ways to fight this problem is for the affected person to get a fecal transplant from a donor, so that they can have good bacteria re-introduced into their gut. 

Who Can Donate?

You could be a fecal transplant donor if you meet certain requirements. In most cases, you will need to:

  • Be healthy and in good shape. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) should be less than 30. You will also be required to complete a blood and stool screening.
  • Possess a healthy gut. Consider taking healthy gut bacteria supplements to improve your bowels.
  • Have good consistency poop. All poop is not created equally. The best, according to Fox4KC in Kansas City, are either sausage-like, "but with cracks on its surface," or like a snake, smooth and soft; or "soft blobs" with distinguishable edges. 

There are also other requirements, depending on what entity you decide to donate your fecal matter through. For example, you will need to live close to the clinic where you will be donating, so that you can provide them with stool on a regular basis. 

How Much Can You Make?

According to the Washington Post, you could earn up to $13,000 a year donating something you would normally just lose in the toilet -- talk about flushing your money away! Interested? Then you'll want to make sure that your poop is as perfect as possible before applying to become a fecal transplant donor. You can start by:

  • Changing to a healthy diet
  • Taking gut bacterial supplements
  • Avoiding the use of antibiotics

While becoming a fecal transplant donor may not be for everyone, it may be a relatively easy way to make some extra cash from a bodily function that you have to perform on a regular basis anyway.