Look Before You Flush: What Your P00p Says About Your Health

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ToiletBowlMany women who are mothers are ll too familiar with the anxiety of having a baby who does not “p00p” because he or she is constipated. By the time the constipated baby p00ps, the celebration is almost as big as the one the baby will enjoy for years to come, with each birthday.

Well, babies are not the only ones who’s “poop” says a lot. Adults can also tell a lot about their health from simply taking a look at what’s in the toilet bowl, before flushing. Yes, it may be a little “gross” but, according to medical experts, the p00p can tell you a lot about your health.

While most people probably don’t want to put much thought into p00ping, it’s an essential body function that can tell them if something is wrong. A change in bowel movements could be due merely to a change in diet, but it could also mean the body is fighting an infection or dealing with a serious condition.
Here are five hints that your p00p could be giving you about your health.
 
Color
Stool color is often a reflection of what you eat. While various shades of brown are considered normal, some colors like black or yellow are not.  
 
“Black stool could indicate bleeding in the stomach or the first part of the small intestine,” Raufman said.
Iron supplements can darken the stool to more of a dark green, he added. Taking bismuth-containing medicines, such as Pepto-Bismol, or eating black licorice or blueberries also may cause black stools.
 
Bright red stool usually suggests that blood is coming from the lower part of the digestive system, such as the large intestine, rec-tum or a-nus.
 
Pale white or yellow stool also can mean a problem.
 
“The reason why stool is brown is because of our normal production of bile,” Raufman said. “If there’s a problem with bile flow, that may mean a problem like cancer of the bile ducts, or pancreatic cancer or hepatitis.”

 

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