Bowel Movement Problems & Solutions

Bowel movement problems can be an inconvenience and affect the quality of your every day life. You can encounter problems due to an unhealthy diet, parasites, and sometimes a dis-ease of some sort.

Fortunately, most of these problems are relatively easy to deal with.

Your stool is the best indicator of your colon health and digestion.

You will want to become aware of the color, frequency, and consistency of your stool.I am going to start with the different colors you can see in your stool.

Pale - pale stool can be a result of medications you are taking. The other problem might be is that a bile duct is blocked. When a bile duct is blocked, there is a lack of bile in the stool.

Green - green stool happens when the stool passes through your system too quickly. When that happens, the bile doesn’t have enough time to break down the food you are eating.

Yellow - yellow stool occurs when it contains too much fat. Too much fat in the stool can be an indicator of problems with absorption.

Bright Red - bright red stools could be from red food additive or coloring. A red stool can also indicate bleeding in the lower intestine. See your doctor immediately if you have this problem.

Black - black stools can be produced from some foods and supplements. Black stools may also be an indicator of bleeding in the upper intestines.

Ideally, your stool should be long, tube-like in thickness, light, and pass through you easily. Here are some more bowel movement problems to watch out for…


If you have a pebble like stool, the stool is thick and quickly sinks to the bottom or you are straining, then you have constipation. The easiest way to eliminate that problem is to add fiber to your diet and drink lots of water.

As an example: I drink about 54 ounces of water a day. Since then, I have had much fewer problems with constipation.

In some cases, you may have pencil thin stool. If your stool is pencil thin, you may want to try a colon cleanser. Colon cleansers helped return the consistency of my stool to normal.

However, pencil thin stool may be an indicator of a much more serious health problem.

Also, if you have constipation consistently, and the fiber and water aren’t helping and you are eating healthy, there may be a more serious health issue lurking in your system.

Health issues can be a thyroid issue, Celiac disease, parasites, inflamed intestines due to any number of things like Chron’s disease.

Inflamed Intestines

If you have inflamed intestines, one very good remedy is using slippery elm. Slippery elm is an herb that has antioxidants to help relieve and soothe inflammatory bowels.

When I had that bowel movement problem, I was able to pass my stool with greater frequency and ease.

What you do is take about 1 tsp of slippery elm powder and mix it in a small to medium glass of water. The mixture becomes a slick gel. You may be able to use this to help alleviate symptoms of diarrhea.

NOTE: The statements about slippery elm are not scientifically proven.


If you are having itching by your rectum, there could be a couple of things going on.

One possibility is that you may have a yeast infection or a problem with pinworms. You can get over the counter antifungal and anti-parasitic medications to alleviate your symptoms. If the condition continues, see your doctor.

Itching may also be caused by an allergy to the toilet paper you are using. In that case, the solution is even simpler. Just switch out your toilet paper.

Blood in Your Stool

Other bowel movement problems you may encounter is blood in your stool. When there is blood in your stool, it could be a rectal tear, hemorrhoids, or rectal cancer.

If you see any blood, make an appointment with your doctor immediately!!

Mucus in Your Stool

I recently received a question about mucus in the stool.  Since I am not an expert in that arena, I will refer you to this link:  Mayo Clinic on mucus in stool.

For myself, I have only had this problem if I ate trailmix from a gas station.  Once I stopped buying trailmix from the gas station, I was fine.  Not all people would have that problem.  I just happened to be particularly sensitive to what I was eating.

The point is, if you notice mucus in your stool after adding a particular food to your diet, try taking that food out of your diet and see what happens.  If that does not work, please refer to the link, in this section, for further guidance.

Bowel Movements & Laxatives

Another set of bowel movement problems may be moving your bowels without a laxative or a colon cleanser.

If that happens, your bowels have become dependent on the laxative or colon cleanser. Stop using them! In the case of the colon cleanser, you should ONLY be using those once every 6 months at most.

Laxatives and colon cleansers are not designed to be used continuously for long periods of time. If you want to keep your bowel movements regular, eat a healthy diet, add fiber to your diet, and drink more water.

Celiac Disease

There is one last bowel movement problem that I will talk about here.

If you or your child is having gas and bloating after eating wheat or something that has cow’s milk in it, you may have Celiac disease. Celiac disease is an intolerance to gluten (found in wheat) and cow’s milk.

You will have to eliminate all foods with wheat and cow’s milk in them. There are now many foods out there that are gluten and dairy free.

Some grocery stores have entire sections dedicated to gluten free foods. You can also buy goat’s milk ice cream and ice cream from So Delicious. So Delicious makes their ice cream from coconut milk.

Bowel Movement Frequency

Now that we know all that, how often should you be passing your stool? There is no definite answer to that question.

Traditional doctors say it is healthy to have a bowel movement 3 times a week. Others say you need to have a bowel movement 3 times a day.

Who is right? Again, there is no definite answer. If you are eating healthy and you are passing long, fairly light and tube-like stools easily 3 times a week to 3 times a day, you are fine.

So, those are some of the bowel movement problems to watch out for. The most important thing is to be aware of what you put in your mouth. The next important thing is to be aware of what comes out and how it comes out.

DISCLAIMER: This website was created to share the benefits of alternative health, and is for educational purposes. What is written is not a substitute for medical care. It is not designed to treat, cure, or diagnose any medical condition. Please consult with your doctor if you have a medical condition.

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