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Are you prone to a problem with 'Mucus on stool'?
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Ayurveda confirms this instinct is a healthy one. According to Ayurveda, the health of the colon often determines the health of your whole body. As Ayurvedic practitioners, we find many diseases have their origin in the colon, because an unhealthy colon leads to toxic buildup in the rest of the body. In addition, unhealthy stools usually indicate deeper digestive disorders which are best addressed in early stages.
Abnormal stools can be a sign of anything from parasites to candida, and often indicate the presence of inflammation. Even worse, chronic abnormalities are often progressive. Over time, an unhealthy bowel can progress to colon cancer. In the United States alone, over 135,000 new cases of colon cancer are reported each year. So, it's best to pay attention to bowel changes early.
One of the most common signs of digestive distress is mucus on stools. The mucus can be in the stool, on the surface of the stool, eliminated independent of stool. It may accompanied by itchiness or inflammation. Excess mucus is not only a sign of a problem in your gut, it can also create problems in your gut because it harbors bacteria.
Many do not even notice the mucus. Others find it both confusing and alarming to see mucus on their stool. Whether you notice it or not, mucus is an important sign. Get to the bottom of this puzzling mystery by learning what mucus on stool can indicate, the signs and symptoms of excess mucus, and what you can do to support your body's healing. The information in this article was provided by teachers and staff of the Mastering Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition Certification Course.
Mucus is secreted throughout the GI tract, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine (mostly in the jejunum) and in the colon. Mucus in the esophagus ensures that food is easily swallowed and makes its way down into the stomach. Mucus in the stomach protects the body from the hot intensity of stomach acid. Mucus, along with enzymes and bile, alkalizes the acidity of food in the small intestine. Once food reaches the colon, mucus protects your bowels from irritation by rough insoluble fibers found in certain foods. There, it also enables the smooth discharge of feces.
Mucus is therefore essential to the digestive process. Small amounts of mucus in the stool is normal - especially for Kapha predominant people. Overproduction, however, is often the result of an infection or chronic inflammation of GI tract.
Mucus is made from polysaccharides. In other words, you can think of mucus as a complex carbohydrate or sugar. Therefore, sugar and Kapha aggravating foods generally increase the amount of mucus. Some people have too little mucus in the GI tract, and they will want to increase mucus with sweet and demulcent foods.
In a healthy colon, the mucosal layer is intact. There are no bacteria in the mucosal layer. When inflammation is present, the mucus barrier is broken and the mucus is penetrated by bacteria and inflammatory cells. Mucus viscosity increases progressively toward the end of the colon. In the beginning of the colon, the relatively thinner mucus separates bacteria selectively. Towards the end of the colon, bacteria are completely separated by the more viscous mucus.#1
Blood might be mixed with mucus because of inflammation or an acute infection. If you are experiencing blood in your stool see your doctor or licensed health care professional as this can be life threatening.
Mucus on stool may take many forms. Here are some examples:
The approach to dealing with this condition is to first remove the cause. Remove any irritating foods from your diet including chili peppers, raw garlic, coffee, and alcohol. Try removing any allergens from the diet as well. Common allergens include gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, nightshades and shellfish. Keeping a food journal can help you determine what foods you are allergic to.
Next you'll want to calm inflammation with a Pitta pacifying diet favoring astringent, bitter and sweet tastes. Herbs traditionally used to cool and soothe inflammation include amalaki, guduchi and shatavari. You can purchase these herbs in Joyful Belly's formula, "Soothe Inflamed Intestines Tea."
Bacterial infections such as H. pylori, salmonella, E. coli, campylobacter jejuni and shigella sonnei can cause mucus on stool as can viruses such as adenoviruses, astroviruses, caliciviruses, noroviruses and rotaviruses. Common signs and symptoms of parasites include indigestion despite a healthy diet, passing a worm in your stool, intense food cravings, weight loss and anal itching. A test is needed to determine which kind you have and the appropriate line of treatment.
Fermentation in the digestive tract can happen due to different causes depending on body type. Vata type fermentation occurs as the result of constipation, dryness in the digestive tract and enzyme deficiency. Pitta type fermentation is due to parasite infection or inflammation causing enzyme deficiency (Pitta aggravating Vata). Kapha type fermentation is due to sluggish digestion.
To resolve these disorders, address root cause of the ama. Eating foods that are optimal for your body type as well as avoid poor eating habits. Improve digestion (dipan) and burn ama (pachan) with these herbs according to your body type / dosha. Haritaki and hingvastak churna are traditionally used for Vata. Bhumyamalaki and avipattikar churna are traditionally used for Pitta. Triphala and trikatu are traditionally used for Kapha. Tranquil Tummy tea is a formula by Joyful Belly specifically designed to reduce fermentation in the gut.
A Kapha aggravating diet or lifestyle can cause excessive mucus buildup in the respiratory and GI tract. When mucus on stool is coupled with a thick white tongue coating, aggravated Kapha dosha is probably the cause of your bowel mucus.
Approach this type of mucus on stool with a Kapha pacifying diet favoring aromatic, pungent, bitter and astringent tastes. Cardamom is the best aromatic herb for destroying intestinal mucus due to Kapha. Pungent spices, like cayenne, are great for drying up mucus, but be careful because it can irritate the gut as well. Digestive Bitters is a simple and excellent way to purge Kapha mucus from the bowels.
The possibilities may seem endless for the cause of your mucus on stool! Remember that in addition to addressing the causes of the mucus buildup above, consider taking a laxative to flush toxins and mucus out of your body. Address any inflammation, if present, as well. Good herbs for bowel irritation include cooling anti-inflammatories like amalaki for Vata, bhringaraj for Pitta, and aloe vera gel for Kapha
These insights will support you in discerning the root cause of your stools mucus as well as addressing it holistically to set you on the path toward healthy bowel movements.
Disclaimer: Conditions such as 'Mucus on stool' that cause tissue changes could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.
ARE YOU NEW TO AYURVEDA?
Are you wondering what Ayurveda is and how to use it for 'Mucus on stool' and health in general?
|GUNA||FOODS TO FAVOR||CONDITION IN YOUR BODY|
|DRY INGREDIENTS DRY RECIPES||
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DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestive.
ANTIMICROBIALAn agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
High Fiber Laxative
HIGH-FIBER-LAXATIVEA class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The size of a stool stimulates peristalsis and the stool passes more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydrating.
Symptoms Tell A StoryThe first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances, showing you where your body is weak. Specifically, they reveal the doshas & qualities that may have become aggravated. If you notice a quality or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
|GUNA||FOODS TO AVOID||DO YOU HAVE THIS IMBALANCE?|
|AVOID THESE TOXIC FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE MUCUS ON STOOL||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Toxic' guna
|AVOID THESE OILY FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE MUCUS ON STOOL||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Oily' guna
|AVOID THESE HEAVY FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE MUCUS ON STOOL||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Heavy' guna
|AVOID THESE GOOEY FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE MUCUS ON STOOL||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Gooey' guna
|AVOID THESE SWEET FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE MUCUS ON STOOL||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Sweet' taste
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On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food in relation to qualities (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
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|The Color of Your Poop|
|Bloody / Tarry Stool|
|The Shape of Your Poop|
|Type 1||Separate hard lumps, like nuts or rabbit pellets (hard to pass)|
|Type 2||Sausage shaped but lumpy|
|Type 3||Like a sausage but with cracks on the surface|
|Type 4||Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft|
|Type 5||Soft blobs with clear cut edges|
|Type 6||Fluffy pieces with frayed edges, mushy|
|Type 7||Watery, no solid pieces, entirely liquid|
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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