The idea of looking inside the porcelain throne after using it may gross you out, but your waste is hardly a waste when it comes to identifying potential health concerns. How often you go No. 2 and the shape, color, and even odor of your bowel movements (BM) can be warning signs that something’s amiss.
The next time you hit the bathroom, sneak a peek to see how things are coming out so you can get some sense of what may be going on inside your body, good and bad.
RELATED: While you're at it, you might at well learn six things your pee is trying to tell you.
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What’s normal: Tan to dark brown
Eating a variety of vegetables such as carrots, spinach, or beets may change the color of your bowel movement, and that also goes for certain medications such as iron supplements, antacids, and Pepto-Bismol. However, repeatedly seeing some shades is reason to see your physician: Bright red may mean blood in the lower intestine, black could be a sign of bleeding in the stomach, grey may signal insufficient bile, yellow could be malabsorption, and green might hint that your waste is moving too quickly (also called “decreased bowel transit time”).