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Can beets change my bm color? I had some beets in a salad and notice my stool is leaching red.

Can beets change my bm color? I had some beets in a salad and notice my stool is leaching red.

Yes: If you havent eating beets or other dark red foods in a week and your stools are still red then have your md check for blood. ...Read more

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Can beets make ur stool super dark?

Can beets make ur stool super dark?

Yes: Beets can cause the stool to appear dark or red. They can also cause a false positive on some types of stool occult blood tests. ...Read more

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Transit time for beets in stools?

Transit time for beets in stools?

Variable per patient: Bowel frequency in america varies from 3 movements daily to 1 every three to four days. Much of this variablity is dependent on colonic transit. As measured by sitz marker study (a capsule that releases 24 plastic rings in the stomach that then are recorded by x-ray as they move forward in the gut), normal evacuation is defined as >80% rings defecated by 5 days after sitz marker ingestion. ...Read more

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Can eating Beets make your stools blood red?

Can eating Beets make your stools blood red?

Yes. So can bleeding: Blood in stool is a warning sign. Brisk bleeding warrants emergency care. Causes of bleeding may be predictable (e.G rectal trauma), & worsened by your thrombocytopenia, A rule of thumb (but not absolute): black stool means bleeding comes from upper GI tract; grape jelly stool from small bowel; silver stool from biliary tree; burgundy stool from right colon; red blood from left colon to anus. ...Read more

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My stools are bright pinky red, with water turning pink. Had beets on sun, it is now tuesday. Could it be from the beets.?

My stools are bright pinky red, with water turning pink. Had beets on sun, it is now tuesday.  Could it be from the beets.?

Yes: Beets do change your stool's color to a pinkish red. It can take a couple of days for it to happen. If it looks like blood, or doesn't resolve within a day and you haven't eaten any beets since then, you should see a healthcare provider. ...Read more

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I keep going to the bathroom in small amounts. Stool is more red than brown, soft, and turns water/TP pink. I have IBS and did not eat beets?

Time to see an MD: Consistent blood in your stool should be evaluated by a gastorenterologist. Hemorrhoids, infection, and other bowel diseases should've checked for. ...Read more

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