Diagnose Your Stool

Diagnose Your Stool

Your poop is a good indication of your health. By paying attention to your stool color, you may be able to monitor the beginning of some health problems. The color of your stool depends on many variables including what you have been eating.

White/Clay colored Stool

Some medications can make your poop look clay or white-colored. Read the insert that came with your medication.

Black Stool

Black stool can be attributed to potential bleeding in the intestines. Or they could be due to a black licorice binge. If you haven’t eaten a lot of licorice, you should see your doctor immediately to rule out any immediate health problems like internal bleeding – a sign that something is wrong inside.

Purple/Red Stool

Beets darken your stool and your urine as well. People are often shocked to see it, and then remember they ate beets yesterday.

Green Stool

Kale has powerful antioxidant properties. It lowers inflammation, which can lead to asthma, autoimmune diseases and certain cancers. The high fiber content (especially when eaten raw,) can keep you eliminating regularly. Kale contains prebiotic properties, keeping the ‘good’ gut bacteria present. Add raw Kale to smoothies.

One serving of Collards has more calcium than a glass of milk. They are packed with potent anti-cancer properties, and help to lower bad cholesterol. They can be sauteed in olive oil, garlic and fresh lemon juice. My favorite! Or you can use them instead of tortillas! Boil whole for two minutes, then drain and dry. Roll up your favorite fillings: turkey, cheese, lettuce, rice, salsa, beans…

Superfood Spinach tastes great raw, added to smoothies, lightly steamed or sauteed. Battles inflammation as well as oxidative stress to prevent cancer and help keep your heart and bones healthy.

Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Seaweeds vegetables and Alfalfa are also greens that may cause your stools to turn green.

Green stool can indicate you are eating a good diet with lots of greens, but if you don’t eat a lot of greens and your stool is green, you may want to ask your health professional about the possibility of infection (Salmonella or Giardia) – accompanied by diarrhea, cramps and fever. Too much iron may also color your stool slightly green. And finally, green food dyes found in processed foods such as ice cream, cereal and drinks could alter the color of your stool as well.

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