School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion
Are you prone to a problem with 'Yellow stool'?
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Why is your poop yellow? There are two main causes of this anomaly of the bowels. The most common is when stools are moving too quickly through the intestines, called a fast bowel transit time. This rapid elimination of stools is usually from intestinal irritation or excess bile.
As food winds through the GI tract, bacteria digest the bile, turning the bile from a green to yellow and finally to a cinnamon brown color - so that the finished masterpiece of your poop is a cinnamon brown color. Yellow stool means you eliminated your bowels pre-cinnamon stage, before bacteria finished processing your bile. When stools are eliminated too quickly, the bacteria don't have time to break down the bile into its yellow form. Under these rapid conditions, your body can't complete its task of crafting a healthy poop.
Fast moving poop is usually a sign that your intestines are irritated, a Pitta imbalance. Pitta is hot, sharp, fast, intense, and liquid in nature, just like diarrhea and loose stools. In Ayurveda, fast moving bowels are called ati pravrutti in purisha vaha srotas (the elimination pathway). Soft bowels are called mrdu koshta.
In hot weather or after eating spicy food, so much blood is moving through the liver that the liver overproduces bile. Pitta people tend to have sensitive livers anyway, and may experience these symptoms even in winter.
Fatty foods also increase bile production. Generally, when a Pitta person consumes too much fat it sends your poop flying through your intestines at top speed. For this reason, Pitta people do not digest fat well.
Intestinal disorders including infection, parasites, IBS, & celiac disease also irritate the intestines leading to rapid bowel transit.
Herbs like shatavari have both an anti-microbial action and cool the intestines. Arjuna is an astringent herb that bind stools. Marshmallow root is a demulcent to soothe intestines.
In this case check the health of your liver, as well as the pancreas to see if you are producing enough fat digesting enzymes like bile and lipase. Cystic fibrosis and pancreatic enzyme deficiencies may also create light colored stools. These conditions are more complex and you'll definitely want to work with your doctor and Ayurvedic practitioner to come up with the right approach for you.
If Vata's dryness is contributing to your lack of bile, sipping warm water throughout the day with a pinch of salt and a wedge of lemon or lime can help. The sour taste in lime increases bile production. You want to avoid drying foods like crackers, dried fruit, raw foods and legumes.
Kale and other bitter foods and herbs also stimulate bile. Amalaki, aloe vera gel, turmeric, kutki, guduchi and fenugreek are just some examples of the many herbs that increase bile production. These bitter foods and herbs can improve fat digestion as they increase bile production. Many of them reduce inflammation in the GI tract as well.
Consult with a practitioner to get an herbal formula and diet that is right for you. Consider yellow stool to be a helpful early warning sign and let it inspire you to get your gut tuned up.
|GUNA||FOODS TO FAVOR||CONDITION IN YOUR BODY|
|EASY INGREDIENTS EASY RECIPES||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you need to increase Easy to digest foods
|COLD INGREDIENTS COLD RECIPES||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Cold' guna
|BITTER INGREDIENTS BITTER RECIPES||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Bitter' taste
|ASTRINGENT INGREDIENTS ASTRINGENT RECIPES||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Astringent' taste
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DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestive.
|Heart & Circulation|
STYPTICA herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used to stop bleeding.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
CONSTIPATIVEAn herb that binds stools / stops diarrhea. When used in excess, these herbs and foods can cause constipation.
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 LIQUID FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE YELLOW STOOL||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Liquid' guna
|AVOID THESE OILY FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE YELLOW STOOL||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Oily' guna
|AVOID THESE HOT FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE YELLOW STOOL||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Hot' guna
|AVOID THESE SOUR FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE YELLOW STOOL||
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Sour' taste
|AVOID THESE PUNGENT FOODS THAT MAY AGGRAVATE YELLOW STOOL||
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.