You might not think very much of your daily bowel movements, but there is good reason to be mindful of how it looks and makes your body feel. Your stool can indicate a lot about your overall health — including the liver. Being aware of what a healthy stool is and what isn’t can ensure you’re getting medical help when it’s necessary.
While it can be taboo for people to be open and honest about stool, it’s something you should feel comfortable talking about to your doctor. This is especially important when your stool is abnormal in shape, color, and even smell. Here’s a rundown on the different things stool can say about your liver and other health problems.
When your stool is black, it’s not always something to be concerned about. Hopkins Medicine says the color can change depending on what you eat or drink. In fact, doctors can often tell what color beverage patients had to drink beforehand when performing a colonoscopy.
Penn Medicine says that iron supplements can also alter the color of your stool. Unfortunately, black and tarry stool can sometimes be an indicator of something more serious like bleeding or tumors in the digestive tract. If black stool is something you’re dealing with, then it’s time to see the doctor.