Do you investigate your stool before you flush? If not, you should start! Your poo is a printout of your current health. The stool is made up of different kinds of secretions; the color of it generally depends on what food we eat. The transverse colon contains only waste products and no more nutrient absorption occurs beyond this point. The amount of debris, composition, color and odor of feces depends on whether the frequency of the food and water taken in is low or high, meaning dead or alive.
Below is a list of what different colors and consistencies mean.
Bright red blood: means that the blood is from the anus. It could be from an internal hemorrhoid or from a fistula or other rectal problem. Visit your doctor.
Dark red blood: has come from further up in the digestive system… it could mean ulcers or colitis in the splenic flexure area. Visit your doctor.
Blackish-red blood: indicates ulceration and bleeding around the hepatic flexure. Visit your doctor.
Blood totally black in color: could be from the stomach. Visit your doctor.
Dark colored stool: can be produced from a high protein diet – mostly meat. Dark colored food such as blackberries or cherries will also stain the stool a darker color.
Green stool: can be caused from eating spinach and other vegetables containing chlorophyll.
Yellow or orange stool: indicates insufficient bile and is mixed with intestinal contents, or a sign of jaundice or liver disease. Visit your doctor. Carrot juice can also make stools turn an orange color.
A reddish wine colored stool: can be caused from eating beets.
Slate grey or blackish stool: can be caused from iron medication or anemia.
Black stool: can be caused from excessive amounts of protein.
Very dark, olive, blue stool: may indicate a diet too rich in protein and fat – putrefaction within the bowel.
Dark, hard, offensive smelling stool: may indicate very severe bleeding high in the intestinal region. It may come from an ulcer in the stomach, duodenum, colitis, or Crohn’s Disease. Visit your doctor.
Grey or chicken soup-like stool: can indicate liver or gall bladder trouble. Visit your doctor.
A hard, black stool: means constipation.
Flat and thin stool: indicates an obstruction in the lower part of the bowel or spastic colitis. (usually around the splenic flexure of sigmoid area).
A stool with many small bead-like bubbles: shows fermentative conditions.
Slick, slimy stool: could be caused from jaundice or cleansing the intestines.
Scoop On Your Poop
You can also print off the chart below and chart your poo for 30 days!
Check out my article, ‘Scoop On Poop: What Your Poop Says About You’ to learn more about what your bowel movements are trying to tell you.
– Dr. Darrell Wolfe, Doc of Detox
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