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What The Color Of Your Poop Reveals About You And Your Health

Your poop can come in many different colors and while that might sound amusing on the surface, it could be a sign that something is not quite right.

Our bowel movements are not something we tend to talk about very often. When we do, we often to make jokes about it. Honestly, even though it is something that every single one of us does, why would we want to bring what we do on the toilet outside of the confines of our bathroom? Well, as highlighted by Shared, the color of our poop might be less something to laugh at and more a cause for concern.

There are seven colors you should really be on the lookout for. At this juncture, we must point out that we are not medical professionals. If you notice any of the below, consult a doctor before acting upon it. That being said, first up is yellow. If your poop is yellow, it could mean that it doesn't contain enough bile. However, if you have prepped for a colonoscopy, then yellow poo is entirely normal.

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Next up, black. If you are taking iron supplements or Pepto-Bismol then black poop is somewhat expected. If not, it could be a sign that part of your digestive system is bleeding. If the color of your feces is at the opposite end of the spectrum and appears to be white or very, very light brown, that could be another sign that it lacks bile and could even be an indicator that you have developed bile stones.

Moving on to red. Most of us would likely panic upon seeing any red in our stool. However, it should only worry you if you see streaks of it, or really anything more than flecks. That can be another sign that there is bleeding going on somewhere along your digestive system. While it may be unsettling, green poop is one color you don't need to worry too much about. It is often caused by eating a lot of green vegetables so if anything it's a sign that you are being too healthy.

We get it, no one wants to get up off the toilet and examine what they have left behind. However, if you think something might be wrong, it might be worth a peek. Doctors don't take stool samples for nothing. Your waste can be a handy indicator of what is going on inside of your body. Again, if you are exhibiting any of the above, don't panic. Seek out medical advice before you jump to any conclusions.

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