Excreting waste from the body is one of ensuring that materials that have been used up and no longer required, are removed. Despite this fact, it is kind to note that the poop is different from one person to another. This can be due to some reasons, including the lifestyle and type of food we eat across the globe. The fact of the matter is that the body usually has waste products that need to be discharged on a daily basis.
The body is somewhat like a factory with different departments. Each of these departments works separately to ensure that the body is healthy, and a proper state is maintained. In the end, each of these different areas such as the liver, heart, stomach, and others produce some form of waste that could otherwise not be absorbed completely. This is what constitutes the poop.
Poop or stool is made up of solid or semi-solid matter that the body was unable to absorb and was compelled to discharge it. Most people tend to think that stool is purely food waste, but in truth, it is much more than that. Material such as dead blood cells, gastrointestinal bacteria, and mucus that enables a smooth discharge are present in the poop.
As far as poop is concerned, everyone is different. Some people tend to poop once or twice in a day. Others may well go only once or twice for the entire week. This may not necessarily indicate an illness, as we are all unique depending on the lifestyle and body mechanism.
We all tend to discharge stool that is unique in its kind of way. It can, however, be surprising, and somewhat scary, when one experiences blue stool discharge. This can be due to some factors, although in most cases it is usually no cause for alarm. There have been worse cases of strangely colored stool that could signify an underlying illness.
Why is my poop blue?
Discharging blue poop is a rather rare and unique occurrence. As such, it is very normal for the involved person to be a little concerned. While this may just be a case of too much blueberry juice, it is important to know other causes of such peculiar discharge. As mentioned, the blueberry culture has been explosive in recent times, probably owing to the fact that they are simply fun to eat. They can be consumed in different products such as muffins, and this makes their popularity. As a result of the rising fame of blueberries, some industries have taken it a notch higher by gimmicking, through the use of attractive blueberry images on their products while the blueberry content is very minimal. Instead, they enhance their products with blue food color and other additives. Despite the blueberry similarity, the nutritional benefits do not match the original blueberry. As a result of the consumption of such products, the poop may end up appearing as blue upon discharge.
Some prescribed medication can also have an influence on the color of stool that one is going to discharge. Prussian blue capsules, for example, are sure to lead to blue discharge. These capsules are meant to curb a rare type of poisoning of thallium, calcium, and radiation or heavy metal treatment. Such poisonings, however rare, can occur during industrial accidents. Poor disposal of industrial and medical waste can also lead to contamination and poisoning.
A rare but plausible disease that can be indirectly linked to blue poop is porphyria. Porphyria is a rare metabolic disease that is characterized by insufficient hemoglobin in the blood due to the inability of the body to produce heme, the agent responsible for hemoglobin production. It is a hereditary disease that can be inherited or transferred to offspring, and can be broken down into eight different types. All eight types, however, have a similar trait- they cause the buildup of porphyrins in the body, which causes distinct changes in the urine and stool.
Porphyria is commonly referred to as the disease of the purple poop, but the purplish color can sometimes have a blue tint to it. If this is followed by severe symptoms such as skin rash, dark colored urine, nausea, vomiting and weak muscles, one should seek medical attention immediately.
Aside from these rare conditions, blue stool may end up being nothing to worry about, especially one had food with blue food coloring just recently. If there are symptoms accompanied with blue poop, then there is a reason to be concerned. Otherwise, there may be other stool colors that can indicate some serious illnesses. Bright red stool, for example, could be due to some form of bleeding in the lower intestinal tract. Similarly, whitish stool could mean that there is a lack of bile in your stool, which can be due to an obstruction of the bile duct. This obstruction will not only cause the discharge of white stool but may also come with some abdominal pain. The best course of action would be to seek medical attention immediately before the symptoms become dire.
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