Silly question, but actually one of the most common questions we get asked …
Heres a little information we gathered up for you on how to analyze your digestive leftovers!
Color: Brown, Bowel movements are generally brown in color because of bile, which is produced in the liver.
When to worry: If the stool is black, it can mean that you are bleeding internally, possibly as a result of an ulcer or cancer. Stool that is black due to bleeding is known to also be “sticky” (tarry) and smell bad. However, black stools are common when taking a vitamin that contains iron or medications that contain bismuth subsalicylate.
Stool that is light in color — like grey clay — can also mean trouble if it’s a change from what you normally see. Although it doesn’t happen often, very light-colored stool can indicate a block in the flow of bile or liver disease.
Odor: Bowel movements usually smell which is a good sign that your gut is abundant with bacteria that is working hard to keep you healthy.
Your intestines are swarming with trillions upon trillions of bacteria that enhance digestive and metabolic processes. They are also the reason why poop smells — a direct result of the bacterial activity in your GI tract.
Blood in the Stool
Blood in your stool could be a symptom of something as significant as cancer and warrants a call to your doctor right away — even if you think it could be hemorrhoids, or tiny tears in the anal tissue, as a result of constipation and straining, he says. If you’re over 50, or if you have a family history of colorectal cancer, a colonoscopy is probably in order.
Other warning signs to watch for when your bowel movements have taken a turn for the worse are fever, abdominal pain, or dehydration — any one of which could be tied to GI trouble, such as a virus, appendicitis, or food poisoning.
Tricks to keeping your poop on track are simple ones:
A healthy diet high in fiber, lots of water, and regular exercise.
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