Okay, let’s get it over with right off the bat: poop is a nasty subject. No one wants to talk about it or examine it; no one wants to take some to their doctor and have him look at it. It’s a repulsive subject at best. But, poop is very important. It’s appearance, it’s color and even it’s odor can often point to serious health issues. The next time you have a bowel movement take a good look. It could mean the difference in your health – even your life!
Brown poop is the normal color everyone should hope for. Just because your bowel movement is brown, though, doesn’t mean your health is a-ok. A health bowel movement should not be hard to pass, should not be really loose and should occur everyday. The stool should not be heavy enough to sink to the bottom of the commode.
Really pale or gray stool can often be an indicator that the person could have gallstones, a parastic infection, hepatitis or even cirrhosis of the liver. If your stool seems grayish or somewhere between brown and gray you need to see your doctor.
Although a green stool isn’t generally disconcerting it can sometimes indicate something serious. Usually a green stool means you’re taking in quite a lot of green vegetables it could also point to Crohn’s disease, malabsorption or even ulcerative colitis.
Yellow poop can often indicate that something is amiss. Some reasons why a stool is yellow are gastro esophageal reflux disease or even that food is passing too quickly through the digestive system.
Any stool which is bloody, has red streaks, or is black should be a warning sign to see a doctor. Although the causes of blood in the stool can range from hemmorhoids to intestinal cancer it’s best to be on the safe side and be examined by a physician. Black stool is not a good sign either. Blood often turns black as it sits so a black stool often indicates much blood in the stool.
Poop might be an embarrassing topic for discussion with your doctor but it’s often necessary. Other indicators that your health might be suffering include soft, smelly stool, mucus in the stool, or even passing poop that looks like small balls.
Some medications, stress, recent surgery and similar things can often affect the apperance and odor of your bowel movement but don’t necessarily mean something is wrong. Just in case, though, check with your doctor any time your stool changes to a strange color, becomes loose and stays that way, or you have constipation for more than a couple of days in a row. Your poop is often the number one indicator that something is awry with your health!