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Blood in stool- diet too anti-inflammatory?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 30, 2012 at 7:44 PM

After a bowel movement today I noticed what appeared to be blood pooled at the bottom of the toilet bowl. The stool itself appeared normal- not black or red. I noticed no blood on the toilet paper.

I'm otherwise very healthy, and have a pretty perfect (or what I consider to be perfect) diet. No dairy, no gluten, no booze, no caffeine, no drugs, very little meat (like once a week), some wild salmon, lots of quinoa, leafy greens, fruits, berries, nuts, etc... I also exercise moderately (30-60 min) literally every day.

I'm wondering if the blood could be due to the glut of anti-inflammatory foods. I take 8 fish oil caps (~2 g of DHA and EPA per day), and usually a tin of sardines. Also I usually eat about half a head of garlic a day. Furthermore I recently started juicing lots of organic leafy greens (2-3 sizeable cups of serious green juice per day). My diet seems to be pretty much as anti-inflammatory as you can get. I've been doing this diet for about a month.

Has anyone else experienced this? Could diet be the cause?

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on July 31, 2012
at 08:41 PM

Go to the doc, pleas!

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on July 31, 2012
at 01:42 AM

Others have said it, this is a question for your doctor, not the internet rabble. I'd encourage you to check back in when you get OK'd by your doctor.

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on July 31, 2012
at 12:53 AM

Fish oil can be a blood thinner- the fact that you are bleeding and your blood may be thinner from all that fish oil makes it MORE important that you get help FAST.

43873f3cea4f22f91653b0f5ec7ab9d9

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on July 30, 2012
at 10:07 PM

Go to your doctor or ER. Now.

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on July 30, 2012
at 10:05 PM

Get your fiber from better sources, e.g. Broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, cabbage, almonds...

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on July 30, 2012
at 09:51 PM

Interesting. I get more than a little insoluble fiber from my diet, a good chunk of which is from quinoa, probably ~ 25%. Would be pretty hard to cut out fiber. That fish oil dose amount was recommended by a few sources, but I'll look into that again.

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on July 30, 2012
at 09:47 PM

I occasionally juice beets, but hadn't for at least 36 hours. I juiced 3 golf-ball-sized tomatoes the night before, and I almost never eat tomatoes- I'm hoping that was it but I doubt it.

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on July 30, 2012
at 09:46 PM

It was slightly dark, but still very blood-like.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on July 30, 2012
at 07:51 PM

Doctor- get thee to one! Blood in the stool is NEVER good. Could be something in your diet or, you know, a tumor or any number of horrible things that require immediate attention. Just get it checked out as soon as possible. Don't mess around with blood in the toilet.

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on July 30, 2012
at 08:11 PM

Have you eaten beets recently? Or any other very dark red vegetables/fruits?

If not, you'd better get to a doc.

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on July 30, 2012
at 09:47 PM

I occasionally juice beets, but hadn't for at least 36 hours. I juiced 3 golf-ball-sized tomatoes the night before, and I almost never eat tomatoes- I'm hoping that was it but I doubt it.

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on July 30, 2012
at 08:51 PM

From what i read, i think the culprit is Quinoa, Quinoa is packed with insoluble fiber, which is very detrimental to the lower intestinal track, combined with the blood thinning effects of fish oil.

Why are you taking so much fish oil? Even good things are harmful in excess.

I would recommend; stop consuming Quinoa(it isn't paleo anyway) and reduce your intake of fish oil to 1000 milligrams per day

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on July 30, 2012
at 10:05 PM

Get your fiber from better sources, e.g. Broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, cabbage, almonds...

F3ab700311d704c88e4b48153457406f

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on July 30, 2012
at 09:51 PM

Interesting. I get more than a little insoluble fiber from my diet, a good chunk of which is from quinoa, probably ~ 25%. Would be pretty hard to cut out fiber. That fish oil dose amount was recommended by a few sources, but I'll look into that again.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on July 31, 2012
at 12:53 AM

Fish oil can be a blood thinner- the fact that you are bleeding and your blood may be thinner from all that fish oil makes it MORE important that you get help FAST.

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on July 30, 2012
at 07:55 PM

What color was the blood? Dark or light? That determines the source of the blood.

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on July 30, 2012
at 09:46 PM

It was slightly dark, but still very blood-like.

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361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

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on July 30, 2012
at 09:26 PM

Make sure it's not a fissure!

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on July 31, 2012
at 11:14 PM

I wouldn't freak out...it could just be that you strained a bit and something got irritated and because your blood is so thin and you eat a lot of fiber it looks like a lot of blood. The docs are just going to tell you to wait and see. If you have bloody yellow diarrhea that has very red blood then it's a sign of a bacterial infection in the intestines among other things like stomach flu, pancreatitis etc.

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