WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT'S CAUSING IT? WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Bloody stools'?
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.
REBALANCE YOUR BODY WITH DIET, LIFESTYLE & HERBS HAVING THESE QUALITIESEverything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using gunas. Gunas are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Bloody stools', you should select foods with the following qualities (gunas). Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance. For best results, get a one on one consultation.
QUALITIES THAT MAY CORRECT IMBALANCESRELATED TO BLOODY STOOLS
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FAVOR HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL PROPERTIESIngredient and herbs each have unique effects on the various organs of your body. Herbalists study these effects and categorize them, so it is easy to identify which foods and herbs are most helpful for your unique body type. Click on the medicinal properties below to learn more about them, and to figure out which recipes, ingredients and products will be a good match for you. Individual results will vary depending upon the root cause of your imbalance. The following medicinal properties are useful for a general case of 'Bloody stools'. You must independently verify whether these medicinal properties address the root causes of your case of Bloody stools.
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.
DIET TO BALANCE 'BLOODY STOOLS'
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EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR BLOODY STOOLSBrowse these educational resources for 'Bloody stools'.
SPECIALITY FORMULAS, AYURVEDIC HERBS, & NATURAL PRODUCTS FOR BLOODY STOOLSWe've specially chosen these products because of their potential for healing imbalances associated with 'Bloody stools'. Choose a product from this list that also matches your imbalanced doshas and qualities, to ensure a good fit. Please review these products to determine which are right for you. Before making any changes to your health and wellness routine, please check with your medical doctor.
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REMOVE THE CAUSES OF YOUR IMBALANCEWith Bloody stools, one or more of the following doshas and qualities may be aggravated. If you have an imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda recommends avoiding foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate that quality and/or dosha. These imbalanced doshas and qualities will need to be brought back into balance before this condition can be healed. Click on the quality to learn what foods and lifestyle habits should be avoided. If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda would generally recommend avoiding foods and lifestyle habits with that quality.
BLOODY STOOLS USUALLY MEANS THESE
|GUNA||DO YOU HAVE THIS IMBALANCE?|
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Hot' guna
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Dry' guna
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you need to decrease Difficult to digest foods
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.