Bowel Movement Color
The body is a remarkable thing. It has the ability to heal itself of most minor problems, and it’s extremely durable and very resilient. However, there are times when the body can’t heal itself without a little help. When this happens, your body may send you messages in the form of symptoms (such as an odd bowel movement color) advising you to take action before things get worse.
Why Worry About Bowel Movements?
Bowel movement color is just one of those important messages. The color of your bowel movement can hold the secret to what’s ailing you. Knowing the meanings of the potentially different colors and consistencies of a bowel movement is something everyone should know, even children.
Once children reach a certain age, they tend to become a little shy about their bowel movements, even moreso than adults, but it’s important for them to accept guidance from their parents. Just as kids must be educated about a great many things both public and private, they need to know if what they’re seeing after a bathroom visit could be a potential cause for alarm.
Variations in bowel movement color and consistency is not a topic of conversation most people have with friends, nor do they find it appealing to talk about over a business lunch. Nonetheless, all squeamishness aside, a general discussion about digestive health is one that we should be having with our healthcare provider if no one else. Although such knowledge has existed for thousands of years, the medical establishment is just beginning to accept the fact that the majority of illness is related in one way or another to colon health. With 70% of the body’s immune system located in the colon, it really should not come as a surprise to the scientific mind.
What are Some Variations in Bowel Movement Color?
What does it mean when your stool is black and tarry? Is red colored stool an indication of something serious? If your stool is green, what does it mean? The reasons can sometimes be very simple and at other times very important indeed. Let’s review some of the various colors of bowel movements and discover their meanings so you can be better educated about these indicators of potential health problems.
Black Bowel Movement
If you notice your stools having a black or very dark hue and a tarry consistency, this may point to internal bleeding. The black stool will generally have a very foul odor emanating from it as well. This type of stool discoloration is called “Melena” and it occurs for different reasons. For example, highly concentrated iron supplements have been known to cause blackened stool. Your diet could also be causing the color change as certain foods (such as large quantities of olives, licorice, or blue berries) can darken a bowel movement. In any case, you should have yourself checked out by a doctor to rule out the possibility of internal bleeding.
Red Bowel Movement
Very bright red blood in the toilet bowl, or interlaced with the stool, can indicate hemorrhoids at work. Since hemorrhoids are most commonly located about the anus, the constipating stool will often cause a hemorrhoid to bleed. Another reason for very bright red stool may be the consumption of foods containing red dyes, such as candy, licorice, and other artificially colored items. If the bloody bowel movements are ongoing, it could point towards colon cancer or another serious digestive condition.
Dark Red Bowel Movement
This is one of the most important types of bowel movement color to consider. Maroon colored or dark red stool can be the result of a serious problem. Internal hemorrhaging can cause blood to seep into the colon and become mixed into the stool. Deep, internal hemorrhoids or colon polyps can cause darkly colored stools as well. Other causes of internal bleeding can include anal fissures, Diverticular disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or colon cancer.
Green Bowel Movement
Sometimes, you may have green bowel movements. This type of discoloration can also be caused by iron supplements or from green dyes in foods. In other cases, it could be the result of decreased colonic transit time, meaning food is moving too quickly through your system for everything to be fully digested. Basically, a green bowel movement color results from undigested vegetables, greens, and even beverages flavored with limes for example.
Pale Bowel Movement
Pale or clay colored stools usually means you are lacking in bile salt, which is the chemical that gives bowel movements their typical, brown hue. Pale stool can also result from taking too many antacids or it could occur as a side effect of a barium enema test. In the worst of scenarios, hepatitis, liver, pancreas, or a gall bladder problem may be the underlying cause.
No matter the specific, unusual bowel movement color, any sudden shift in your digestive habits or “product” should indicate not all is right within your colon. Whether it’s a small problem like hemorrhoids or a major health risk like colon cancer, you need to pay attention to anything suggesting something has gone awry in your digestive system.
Normal Bowel Movements
Normal bowel movement color and consistency varies from person to person. A stool should be light brown in color and semi-soft in consistency; but this is produced only by a healthy colon. To help improve your colon health, it’s recommended to perform a thorough colon cleanse at least once or twice a year. It’s quite easy to find some high quality and very effective colon cleansing products on the market due to the advent of the Internet. One of the more effective products you may consider is Oxy-Powder®.
Oxy-Powder® combines oxygenated magnesium and natural citric acid into a powerful yet gentle colon cleanser. Oxy-Powder®’s unique formula has the ability to melt away deep-seated waste trapped in the tiny folds and crevices of your colon. You may not have read this before, but did you know the average adult colon contains between five and twenty-five pounds of toxin-filled, accumulated waste and undigested gunk?
Oxy-Powder® helps you cleanse your colon by liquefying and removing all the nasty, built-up waste and it also encourages beneficial bacteria to populate your entire digestive system. You can look better by purging out this garbage. You can feel better by getting the toxins out of your body. Plus, if you’ve ever had trouble losing weight, you won’t believe how much your metabolism can increase once your colon is no longer burdened with trying to get rid of old waste matter.
Listen to what your body is telling you (especially if you notice a strange bowel movement color), talk with your healthcare provider if you have any special conditions or concerns, and try cleansing your colon with a quality product like Oxy-Powder® once in a while. That’s our little 3-step program for achieving a healthy life!