Stool Health

There are a few ways you can naturally tell the health of your stool. Stool health can be determined by color, odor, and amount. The closer attention you pay to your stools, the better able you may be to determine if there is a problem or issue with your body.

The color of your stool is generally related directly to what you eat. Bile is a yellow-green liquid that is excreted by your liver. Bile digests fats in your stool. Usually bile travels in the gastrointestinal track and works with enzymes changing their color from green to brown. Any varying shade of brown is considered normal and means the bile is doing its job.

A red, maroon, or black stool can be serious. It can be an indication there is blood in the stool. You should make an appointment with your doctor if you have a red or black stool. A light grey stool is another stool color for which to take special care. Sometimes a light grey stool can be an indication of an ulcer or liver cancer.

Another determinant for good stool health is odor and consistency. When your body eliminates waste, it has usually been sitting in your colon for approximately three days. If the bile enzymes are doing their job you can expect the stool be odoriferous in an unpleasant way. Some people eliminate stool every day, or even 2-3 times a day, while others may only go once or twice a week. The important thing is that odor and amount are only a problem if it is something different than your usual bowel movements.

Good stool health is vital for the young and old alike. Keeping a close eye on your bowel movements is the first key to maintaining good overall health. Consistently checking your stool to make sure the color, odor and amount are your usual bowel movements is very important. When stools change, sometimes the answer is going to the doctor, but sometimes the answer is using a product to assist you in cleaning your colon. Being observant is the best way to ensure future stool health.

Dark Green Stool

Stool color is a great way to judge a person’s inner health. A dark green stool may seem alarming, but in most cases is nothing to worry about. A healthy stool is usually a yellowish brown color. This can change depending on what a person is ingesting. The stool itself is made up of 75% water and 25% is the actual food and bacteria our body processes. The 25% portion is where the different colored stools come in to play.

A person who has an occasional green stool that has a normal structure does not typically have anything to worry about. If the green stool is frequent or the stool is very loose a person may want to talk with their doctor. Diarrhea and fever may indicate there is something more serious that needs medical attention.

Eating a lot of green leafy vegetables like spinach can cause a person to have green stool. Typically, it is just one or two bowel movements that are affected, but depending on how much and how fast the body digests the food it could be several bowel movements. The coloring may also be a side effect from foods rich in food dyes as well.

Digestive problems may cause green stool. If a body is not properly digesting the food correctly, the food particles will not be absorbed into the intestines, leaving colored stools. Bile salts that are not properly processed through the intestines can also cause dark green stools.

Some antibiotics may cause the stool to change color. The bacterial levels are changed due to the introduction of a medicine and the stool color will most likely be affected. These stool color changes should only be temporary and subside when the medicine is stopped.

Other illnesses like celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis can cause green stool. These illnesses will need to be treated by a doctor. A person may also pass green stool if their body is starving, or just not getting the nutrients it needs.

For most green stool cases, the stool will pass on its own, and is not a cause for alarm. Some products can be used that will help clean the intestinal tract and clear up the green stool issue.

Mucous Stool

If you notice you occasionally have mucous in your stool, don’t panic. It’s normal to have a certain amount of mucous in your stool. However, if you notice that you have mucous stool frequently there could be some underlying cause. Sometimes if you have constipation or diarrhea you will notice more mucous stool. Thankfully, most of the causes of mucous stool are not serious.

Mucous stool can be caused by many different things. Some of the more serious things that can cause mucous stool are Crohn’s Disease can Ulcerative Colitis. Crohn’s Disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease. Most of the time Crohn’s Disease can be managed by making some simple lifestyle changes such as smaller meals, exercise, and a healthier diet. Ulcerative Colitis is another type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large intestine and rectum. Depending on the severity of the disease, it can be treated with medication and in some cases can be cured with surgery. If you have mucous in your stool on a regular basis, you may possibly have one of these diseases and should contact your physician to learn more.

Some other minor things that can cause mucous in the stool are a bacterial infection, anal fissures, and irritable bowel syndrome. A bacterial infection usually also causes vomiting and diarrhea and will be gone without treatment in 1-3 days. Anal fissures are just tears and cracking of the skin around the anus. It’s usually caused by straining when going to the bathroom and is brought on by constipation. Most of the time they heal on their own, but occasionally require a doctor’s care. Irritable bowel syndrome is a bowel disorder that can cause chronic pain, bloating, diarrhea or constipation. It’s usually not serious and including more fiber in the diet can help to relieve symptoms.

Mucous is usually present in the stool because it keeps the lining of the colon moist. A small amount of mucous is not a cause for concern. If you notice mucous in your stool on a regular basis and have any of the other symptoms mentioned above, you should let your doctor know.