Human’s digestions system consists of the intestines and the enzymes we have in our stomach. Our body digests nutrients from food and passing the rest of it as waste, this is the job of our intestines and colon. The waste is toxic as it does not contain any valuable nutrients for us, the waste material will be formed in the colon before it is being pass out from the anus. The waste material is known as a stool. Depending on the situation, the stool can sometimes to loose and watery in the case of diarrhea, while other times it can be hard and hard to pass in the case of constipation. You may want to know what are the causes of black stool, as the color the stool will tell you the condition of your body.
One condition called gastric where an inflammation of the stomach lining can cause black stool. Gastric can happen all of a sudden and cause a sharp pain in your stomach and over the time it can be a chronic disease. It can be caused of excessive alcohol consumption, severe stress and improper eating timing. Some of the symptoms are bloating, vomiting, sharp pain and dark stools.
As people grow older, small pouches on the walls of the intestines will appear this pouches is known as diverticula. These condition does not know with any symptoms and when diverticula become infected, it is known as diverticulitis and diverticulitis usually cause black stools.
Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that causes the large intestine to swell up. The symptoms of ulcerative colitis are abdominal pain, diarrhea and black stools. Another inflammatory bowel disease is called Crohn’s disease, similar to colitis, that causes inflammation but not centered on a specific area also known to cause black stools.
There are various supplements and foods that can cause black stool. Iron pills for example are known to cause the stools to become black. Some natural fruits can cause black stools, blueberries are known to cause black stools.
If you are experiencing black stools, it is best that you consult your doctor to know the cause because if it’s a chronic condition, early treatment will give you high percentage to cure it. Better be safe than sorry.