School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion
Are you prone to a problem with 'Bloody stools'?
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Although most cases resolve spontaneously, bleeding from the GI tract can be scary. Most bleeding comes from hemorrhoids, diverticulum, inflammatory bowel diseases, impacted fecal matter, ulcers, angiodysplasia, polyps or cancer. Mortality and recurrence becomes more common and serious in the 8th and 9th decades of life. Always check with your primary care physician if you see blood in your stools.
Bright red blood on the toilet paper, or coating the stool indicates bleeding from the rectum or end of the colon, a lower gastro-intestinal bleed (LGIB). Blood from the ascending colon may be darker and mixed into the stool. The blood from hemorrhages higher up in the stomach or small intestines will often be digested into a tarry, black, foul smelling substance. Upper gastrointestinal bleeds (UGIB) are often caused by ulcers or tears in the esophagus. Blood in the stools that is not visible but shows up in laboratory tests is called occult blood. Dark or black color can also be from black licorice, blueberries, iron supplements, lead, and Pepto-bismol. Red stool can come from natural / artificial coloring such as red gelatin, or from beets.
Chronic bleeding from the GI tract leads to iron deficient anemia. Qualified medical help is the best way to resolve gastrointestinal bleeding. Herbs and dietary changes may be useful in chronic cases, or to prevent recurrence, with the approval of your doctor.
Traditional methods to arrest intestinal bleeding included use of astringent herbs, hemostatic herbs, vulneraries, & astringents.
Disclaimer: 'Bloody stools' 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 'Bloody stools' and health in general?
|GUNA||FOODS TO FAVOR||CONDITION IN YOUR BODY|
|COLD INGREDIENTS COLD RECIPES||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Cold' guna
|ASTRINGENT INGREDIENTS ASTRINGENT RECIPES||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Astringent' taste
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|Heart & Circulation|
HEMOSTATICAn herb that stops bleeding.
STYPTICA herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used to stop bleeding.
VULNERARYAn herb used for the treatment of wounds. Promotes healing of skin lesions and wounds/promotes cell growth and repair
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.
|Lung and Sinus|
DEMULCENTHerbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
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 HOT FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE BLOODY STOOLS||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Hot' guna
|AVOID THESE DRY FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE BLOODY STOOLS||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Dry' guna
|AVOID THESE DIFFICULT FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE BLOODY STOOLS||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you need to decrease Difficult to digest foods
|AVOID THESE PUNGENT FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE BLOODY STOOLS||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Pungent' 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.