HOW TO TELL IF ONE HAS A GOOD STOOL:
Is it soft, firm?
Color – is it light brown, medium?
Is it free from foul smell and odors?
Does it float?
Do you have to strain?
Does elimination take place 15-20 minutes after a meal?
Is it 5 inches long?
Is it 1 to 1-1/2 inches in diameter?
Is it banana shaped?
Bright red blood means that the blood is from the anus. It could be from an internal hemorrhoid or from a fistula or other rectal problem.
Dark red blood has come from farther up in the digestive system – could mean ulcers, or colitis in the splenic flexure area.
Blackish-red blood indicates ulceration and bleeding around the hepatic flexure.
Blood totally black in color could be from the stomach.
High protein diets with mostly meat produce a dark colored stool.
Spinach and other vegetables containing chlorophyll can stain stools green; dark colored food such as blackberries or cherries will stain the stool a darker color.
Yellow or orange stool indicates insufficient bile and is mixed with intestinal contents, or a sign of jaundice or liver disease.
Carrot juice can also make stools turn orange color.
A reddish wine colored stool can be caused from eating beets/beet-root.
Iron medication or anemia could cause slate grey or blackish stool.
Excess protein stool is black.
Very dark, olive blue stool may indicate a diet too rich in protein and fat – too much putrefaction within the bowel.
Dark, hard, offensive smelling stool may indicate very severe bleeding high in the intestinal region. It may come from an ulcer in the stomach, duodenum, colitis, or Crohn's Disease.
Grey or chicken soup-like stool can indicate liver or gall bladder trouble.
A hard, black stool means constipation.
Flat and thin-like stool indicates an obstruction in the lower part of the bowel or spastic colitis (usually around the splenic flexure of sigmoid area).
A stool with many small bubbles (bead-like) shows fermentative conditions.
A slick, slimy stool could be caused from jaundice.
A normal stool has no odor. If it is offensive smelling, then a lot of putrefaction and rotting has occurred and there is a digestive problem, which could include constipation or improper food combining. Bacteria, both dead and alive, usually constitute a quarter to half of the dried feces. Stools should normally be soft, a medium brown color, and should float.
STOOL STATUS CHECK (regularly)
Length ______ Width ______
Does it have bubbles on it?
___ Slides out
___ Must push out
How often and when? _____________________________________________
___ Strong Odor
___ Pressure on Chest
___ Only after a bowel movement
Frequent or constant urge for a bowel movement? ___