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Foods That Cause Hard Stool
Sure.: The foods we eat affect the appearance of our stools, including the color. ...Read more
Fatty Foods.: Not normal to have orange oily fat in stools. Body usually absorbs 100% of fats consumed. There is something wrong, either medications like 'orlistat' or Alli, or deficiencies of enzymes are causing this. Sometimes a parasitic infection can cause this. See your doctor about it. ...Read more
Yes: Some can. In particular, rice cereal, bananas, potatoes, bread, cheese and pasta tend to be more constipating. Try to offer oatmeal cereal instead and more high fiber foods. Fruits and vegetables can help. Pureed prunes and pears are helpful for young babies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it bad to see pieces of undigested foods (fruit/vegetables/nuts) in your stool? what causes this?
Pooping large, identifiable pieces of undigested food alongside loose stools. It doesn't seem to be linked to one particular food. I have Celiac. ?
Low fiber diet and hard stool, *mild* stinging after passing a stool, &stress&anxiety do all those things sound like they could cause a hemorrhoid?
Yes. See your doctor: Your doctor will give you medication to clean out your intestine. Then you'll take a bulk laxative for at least 6 months to have peanut-butter consistency stools at least every other day. Sit on the toilet nightly for 15 minutes, 15 minutes after dinner. Chronic constipation causes anal fissures, hemorrhoids & stretches the walls of the colon, causing diverticulosis & diverticulitis later. ...Read more
I eat only junk food and high fatty foods. Could this cause oil slick in toilet after bowel movement?
Good fat vs.: bad fat. Bad fat in junk food can result in greasy bowel movements and overall deterioration in health. Good fat such as found in coconut oil and olive oil will increase the probability of good health and give you a feeling of satiety so you are not so hungry. Try to eat better now or you may pay for it later. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Can lack of exercise and healthy diet cause difficult bowel movements even if stools are normal and not hardened? Normal stools but difficult passing?
Fiber & water.: By "lack of...healthy diet", we usually would refer to the lack of fiber-containing foods and enough daily water intake. Both of these are important for the easy passage of normal stools. Lack of such can lead to stools that are more solid than they should be and therefore more difficult to pass. Believe it or not, a "normal" stool is 75% water so adequate water intake is important for this. ...Read more
Not true : That's just you. There is no basis for that statement. If you eat any kind of food which isn't part of your normal diet (e.g. New cuisines or adding spices when you normally don't eat them), then your gut may need to adjust it's exocrine functions and gut flora accordingly. But if it is part of your usual diet, you don't get those symptoms. ...Read more
Having several very dark bms daily. Sometimes urgent/painful + often there's undigested food. Not eating extra iron/dark foods. What causes dark stool?
Wat would cause my bms to go from brown hard log like to very soft mushy green. Peanut butter like.
Bowel shape, smell,: Color are dominated by diet. The colon absorbs water, and the rectum stores stool. That left "mushy" may have oily/fatty residue not well digested. Make a diary of what you eat, and what you poop. Fruits and vegetables tend to help bm flow freely and less hard. Bananas, rice tend to constipate. ...Read more
Can eating too much sugar cause malabsorption (diarrhea, bulky stools, cramps)?If not, what else could cause it?
Many things: Is it diarrhea with watery stool or is it bulky, loose stool? Is it really malabsorption? Consider Pancreatic conditions, Lactose Intolerance, gluten sensitivity, thyroid, intestinal infections, sudden change to high fiber diet to name a few. Perhaps sugar substitute but not sugar. ...Read more
Iron, petobismol: It is reasonable to see a doctor who can check the stool for blood, or give you special cards to collect the stool for a test. ...Read more
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