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What Does My Poop Color Mean
Depends: Increase frequency of bowel movements can be normal or could indicate a variety of possible medical issues. Some of these issues include: irritable bowel syndrome, viral, bacterial or parasitic infections, inflammatory bowel disease, thyroid disorders, cancers, etc. Best to see your family doctor, internist or gastroenterologist to find the cause. ...Read more
How often is a lot?: Defecating two or three times a day is normal on a plant-based diet. Frequency is determined largely by the amount of fiber in your diet. The consistency of your stool is as important as frequency. A couple of good sources for diet information are drmcdougall.Com and nutritionfacts.Org. If you're worried, see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Normal variation: The main agent adding color to the poo is the material made by the liver called bile. It starts out a dark green and goes thru the yellows to brown depending on the influences of various factors in the intestines. Rapid transit thru the system, as may occur with diarrhea or breast feeding may have a greenish yellow or yellow appearance. The slower, more likely browner. ...Read more
Diarrhea: Diarrhea can range from very mild to severe. It can be caused by infections, malabsorption issues, or various foods. Worrisome diarrhea generally would include symptoms such as: high fever, unrelenting diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, blood or mucous in stool, dehydration, dizziness, or accompanied vomiting. When in doubt, go check it out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Its Christmas!!! LOL: No really, it is usually some dietary change you have made, as long as the stool is fairly normal consistency - the color changes sometimes dramatically with changes in your diet. Should go back to normal in a day or two... As long as it is not black and tarry - that would be worrisome! have a great holiday! ...Read more
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