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Thursday, November 3, 2016

What Bowel Movement Habits Can Tell You About Your Health - Watch For These 10 Signs

What we do in the bathroom usually stays in the bathroom. Unless there is a problem. How do you know? Your bowel movement habits can tell you a lot about your health, including whether or not your bowel movements are normal, and when it is time to see a doctor.

You may have a problem if you have these 10 symptoms

#1 - It hurts to go - this is not normal. You should be able to have a BM without any effort or pain.
#2 - My stool is black - stool should be brown. Black and tarry-looking stool may indicate blood in the stool, which is not normal.
#3 - I'm constipated - constipation is when you have a BM only 3 times a week or less.
#4 - My stool has a strong odor - this could simply be related to what you eat, but if it becomes increasing worse, it could be a sign of a medical condition.
#5 - I have loose stools several times a day - about 1 percent of the population has celiac disease. This is when your body is unable to tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley.
#6 - My stool is hard - very firm stools that are hard to pass are usually an indication that you don't have enough fiber in your diet.
#7 - My stool is very narrow - poop comes in all sizes and shapes, but a pencil-thin shape could be the sign of a bowel obstruction, or even colon cancer.
#8 - I have constant diarrhea - sometimes medications can cause diarrhea; check your prescription description to see if it is listed as a side affect. Antibiotics, NSAID pain relievers, and magnesium-containing antacids can all cause diarrhea.
#9 - I have blood in my stool - this is not normal and should be checked by your doctor right away. Blood in the stool can be caused by hemorrhoids, anal fissures, pre-cancerous colon polyps, or an inflammatory bowel disease.
#10 - I have floaters - stool that doesn't flush is usually a sign of excess gas in your intestinal tract from eating foods like beans, sprouts, and cabbage. Stool with an oily appearance means your body is not absorbing fats from food and could mean inflammation or infection.

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