Mucus in stool normal or a serious health concern?

By: Emily Lunardo | Colon And Digestive | Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 03:30 PM

Mucus in stool normal or a serious health concern?There are many things that go into making up our stool, like water, bile, indigestible food and bacteria, but should mucus be found in stool as well? Mucus is a jelly which can be found in the body and intestines. Mucus is used in the body as lubrication and reduces damage caused by stomach acid. Our stool may contain small amounts of mucus as it gets picked up through the intestines.

We commonly notice mucus when we’re sick; we can cough it up or blow it out through our noses when we have a cold or flu. Its color can indicate the severity of the illness – either virus or bacterial.

When is mucus in stool normal?

Small amounts of mucus in your stool are normal because it comes from the intestines. Mucus is found in the intestines to keep them lubricated.

When is mucus in stool a serious concern?

Although mucus is normal, there are times when it can indicate something more serious, like if it is accompanied by blood or pus in your stool, abdominal pain and cramping and changes in bowel movements or habits.

Additionally, if there are large amounts of mucus in your stool, that is cause for concern and should be reported to your doctor.

What causes mucus in stool?

What causes mucus in stool?Even though we normally have small traces of mucus in our stool, causes for large amounts of mucus in stool consists of:

  • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intestinal infection
  • Parasitic infection
  • Malabsorption issue or food intolerances
  • Anal fissures
  • Rectal ulcers
  • Cancer

Anti-mucus diet

When we’re sick we often notice a large buildup of mucus. Food can play a large role in the amount of mucus we have, so in order to minimize and reduce it you should enjoy an anti-mucus diet. An anti-mucus diet consists of:

  • Avoiding foods you’re allergic to
  • Foods which contain or produce histamines like fish, eggplant, tomatoes, pineapple, and fermented foods (to name a few)
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Food additives
  • Cabbage
  • Meat

When ill, avoiding the above foods will ensure you don’t produce more mucus. Below are foods which work to decrease mucus in the body.Anti-mucus diet

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Celery
  • Watercress
  • Onions
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley
  • Hummus
  • Vegetables

By combining many of the anti-mucus foods together you can reduce the amount of mucus produced much quicker and get right on track to feeling better, sooner.

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