According to Mayo Clinic research, all shades of brown and even green are considered normal stool colours and the foods you eat can affect the colour of your stool. For example, beetroot, tomato juice, blueberries, and green leafy vegetables can affect your stool colour. However, a distinct change in stool colour can be a warning sign for health problems.
Also, if you’re…
• Taking longer than 60 seconds to eliminate your bowels
• Passing round, hard pellets or thin, pencil-shaped stools
• Releasing foul-smelling gas
• And producing gas during your bowel movements
You need to take action quickly because your colon could be clogged with impacted faecal matter, overrun with bacteria and a breeding ground for nasty parasites!
• Strain to have a bowel movement
• Have runny stools
• Can’t “go” for days… even weeks
Your colon is screaming for help!
Proper bowel elimination should occur after every full meal.
A healthy bowel transit time is between 16 to 24 hours from eating to eliminating, yet the average time in most people is much longer, so there will be rotting waste products stuck in your colon and oozing out into your bloodstream!
Is it any wonder you may suffer from health problems like:
b. unexplained pain
c. low energy levels
d. bad breath
e. smelly gas
f. irritable bowel
g. skin outbreaks
Getting your colon back in regular working order is the 1st thing you can do to help restore and protect your health. The truth is, you can’t be healthy if your colon is sick!
Do you experience?
a. occasional constipation or diarrhoea
b. straining to have a bowel movement
c. irritable bowels
d. smelly elimination
e. embarrassing gas
h. digestive distress
i. bad breath
If so, you need to take action quickly to get to the real cause of your problem—a colon that’s clogged with impacted faecal matter! Otherwise it puts out a welcome mat and creates a breeding ground for parasites that can live in your intestines undetected for decades!
Parasites are vermin that steal your food, drink your blood and leave their excrement in your body to be reabsorbed into the bloodstream as nourishment, and only 25 of the 300 varieties of parasites can be seen without a microscope.
So try this quick quiz to find out more about your own bowel.
Question 1: How long does it take you to have a bowel movement?
a. Less than 60 sec or
b. More than 2 min
Answer: Healthy bowel movements happen within 60 seconds of sitting on the loo. There should be no straining, or discomfort. It should have the consistency of toothpaste. If you have time to read a newspaper, you probably have a problem with constipation or poor bowel health.
Question 2: What is the shape of your stool?
a. Long like a banana
b. Round hard pellets
c. Thin pencil like
Answer: Healthy stools average about four to six inches long and are shaped like a banana or a torpedo.
Very narrow, pencil-shaped stools are a sign your colon walls are impacted or you have polyps on the inside of your colon or rectum. This causes the stools to squeeze to get through. Stress can also create narrow stools.
Hard, round or pellet-shaped stools are a possible sign of poor liver function, lack of exercise, dehydration or constipation.
Question 3: Is your stool accompanied by foul odour?
Answer: Gas or odour is a sign of a bacterial imbalance in your intestinal flora. The ‘bad’ bacteria release foul-smelling gases and toxins that can cramp your colon and create embarrassing odours.
You can eliminate this odour by removing debris and encrusted faeces from the walls of your intestines and restoring the balance in your intestinal flora.
Question 4: What color is your stool?
e. Bright red
According to Mayo Clinic research, all shades of brown and even green are considered normal stool colours.
Yellow-coloured stools indicate your food is moving too quickly through your digestive tract—as in the case of diarrhoea. If stools are greasy or foul-smelling, it may indicate excess fat caused by malabsorption of nutrients.
Green-coloured stools mean that your food isn’t properly being processed through your intestines. As a result, bile isn’t broken down. This gives your stools that green colour. Green stools can also mean you’re eating too much sugar.
Gray or ashy coloured stools indicate that you have undigested fats or heavy use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs that contain aluminium hydroxide. It can also indicate a lack of bile in the stools that may be caused by a bile duct obstruction.
Black stools are a serious warning sign for bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract, possibly the stomach.
Bright red stools may indicate bleeding in the lower intestinal tract, possibly the large intestine or rectum. Haemorrhoids may also be the source of the bleeding.
Question 5: Do you pass gas while you’re having a bowel movement or have you noticed air or bubbles in your stools?
Answer: Air or bubbles in your stools can indicate an intestinal imbalance. Gas producing bacteria may be overgrowing and competing with the healthier flora in your gut.
If you have an impacted bowel it is like the Ritz to parasites! So you can see why it is so important to regularly eliminate your bowels. It also allows toxins and other poisons into your blood stream and cells.
To find out more about how to keep you colon working properly read my book Irritable Bowel Syndrome Secrets.