Normal And Abnormal Bowel Movement Videos

The Frequency, Consistency, And Color Of Your Stools Is Important

Bowel movements are one of those taboo topics that no one likes to talk about openly. But everyone poops, and it's important that you know the difference between a healthy poop and an unhealthy poop. But how will you know if no one ever discusses it with you?

Here are some of the many questions a lot of people have about their stool: How many times a day should you move your bowels? Should you worry if your stool is black or green or some other color? Is there such a thing as a normal bowel movement? Find the answers to these questions and more in this video series featuring leading gastroenterologists talking about what's normal -- and what's not -- for bowel movements.

Why You Should Pay Attention to Stool Color

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Your stool color can be a major clue into what health problems you may be facing. Learn more about what white, black, or red stool can mean. Image © Getty Images

Many people do not realize that the size, shape, and color of a stool can tell a physician a great many things about your current health. In fact, most people probably do not think to look at their stool from time to time in order to determine whether or not it is healthy. It's important to know what your own typical and normal stool looks like. The color of stool, especially colors such as red, black, or white, could just be a reflection of what you're eating, but it can also indicate that there may be a problem with your digestion.

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What Is a Normal Bowel Movement?

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Normal Bowel Movement Video. Photo © Getty Images

In this video, Dr Anthony Weiss explains that when it comes to bowel movements, "normal" is more of a range than it is a target. In fact, what's normal for an individual may even change from day to day based on a number of different factors. Food can play a big part, but there are other factors too, such as how much water you drink. A general overview of what different colored stools can mean is also discussed, with special attention given to what may cause black and red stools.

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What Causes Black Stool?

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Black Stool Video. Photo © Getty Images

In this video, Dr Weiss reviews how blood comes to be present in stool, which is one reason stools can look black in color. When stool contains blood and is black, it is referred to as "melena." Stool that is black for a reason other than blood (such as from eating foods that are black or green or taking iron supplements) is called "false melena." Dr Weiss goes on to explain which tests are used to diagnose the possible causes of blood in the stool, as well as what patients should do if they experience symptoms such as dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, or bloody vomiting.

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What Causes Green Stool?

Green Stool Video
Green Stool Video. Photo © Getty Images

Dr Weiss discusses the many and varied reasons why stool can become green in color, as well as how stool gets the typical brown color that we normally expect to see. Foods that can cause green stool (here's a hint: they're not always green) are also explained, as well as the medications and diseases that can cause stool to be green.

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