4. Blood in feces
If there’s blood on your toilet paper, or in the toilet water, it may be inflammation. If you find dark blood, almost black, in your stool, or if you have bloody diarrhea, you need to see a doctor as soon as possible. It might be Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or in the worst case, cancer.
5. Strange feces
The shape, the consistency, and the color of stools indicates if we are healthy. Unusual shapes like a thin pencil shape can indicate cancer. Maroon-colored stools may indicate that there is blood inside your digestive tract, especially if they are almost a reddish-black. If it is pale and oily, it might be because the pancreas or the colon can’t absorb fat. The presence of lots of mucus in the stool could indicate inflammation, like in Crohn’s disease. Understanding what is wrong with unusual stool is mandatory in getting the proper medication or surgery as soon as possible.
6. Intestinal gas
Too much and smelly gas means that there’s something that hasn’t been digested or absorbed by the colon. It can be due to a lack of good bacteria, to inflammation, or to abnormal intestinal movements, like with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It’s important to understand if it’s due to eating certain foods like beans, cabbage, whole grains, cheese, prunes, pears, or if it’s a symptom of a colon disease.
7. Lack of energy
If the colon isn’t working properly, we suffer from a lack of precious nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. It can make us feel tired and cause sleep problems. If you suddenly become exhausted after daily activities at home or at work, it may be due to colitis or Crohn’s disease or it could even indicate cancer.
We have to take care of our colon by eating lots of fiber from vegetables, fruits, nuts, cereals, and lowering our consumption of red meat, fried foods, sugar, alcohol, and coffee. It’s also good to quit smoking and start drinking enough water every day. Pay attention to the symptoms above and don’t hesitate to see a doctor, if necessary.
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