In everyday life, we don't always pay attention to what the body wants to tell us about our he alth. Sometimes the most minor ailments hide behind a major he alth problem.
Do you have problems with daily bowel movements and how often do you pay attention to it? Here are some symptoms you shouldn't miss.
Blood in stool
If you see even a small amount of blood in the stool, which is frequent, it is good to consult a doctor. Blood can be a sign of hemorrhoids or anal fissures, precancerous colon polyps, or inflammatory bowel disease. At worst, it could be a sign of cancer.
Change in stool consistency
Attacks of diarrhea from time to time can happen to anyone. But if these moments become more frequent, it could be a sign of ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease. Watch for diarrhea accompanied by abdominal pain, blood in the stool, and sudden weight loss.
The color of stool is usually brown. But if you notice that they are black, it could be a sign of internal bleeding,unless you are taking medication that could change their color.
Green stools are usually not a concern. Also, the color of the feces can change depending on the food you eat.
Diarrhea can be a sign of infection, intolerance to certain foods, or a side effect of medication. Ulcerative colitis (ulcerative colitis) and other diseases of the colon can cause changes in bowel frequency.
Constipation can occur as a result of pregnancy, improper diet, dehydration or as a side effect of medication. Irritable bowel syndrome can also cause constipation.
Most gastrointestinal problems can be resolved through simple lifestyle changes such as:
- Avoid the consumption of processed foods and eat more fresh and natural foods rich in useful fiber.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners, fructose, chemical additives, excessive caffeine consumption.
- Improve gut flora by adding naturally fermented foods like sauerkraut, olives and yogurt.
- Adding probiotic supplements if you are not getting enough good bacteria from your diet.
- Aim to drink two liters of water daily. Exercise regularly.
- If you are taking medication and a change in bowel movements occurs, notify your doctor.
- Reduce stress.