What to Do If You Spot Blood in Your Poop

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Q: I've been noticing blood in my poop. Should I be concerned?

I don't want to alarm you, but you should have this checked out ASAP. How much blood have you been noticing, and what color? And is it mixed in with the stool or on top? These are details that will help your doctor pinpoint where the bleeding is coming from. If you spot bright red or maroon blood on the surface, you may have an anal fissure (a tiny tear), which can happen from passing large or hard stools. While they can be painful, the cuts are typically nothing to worry about and heal on their own within a few weeks. Anal fissures that don't get better within six weeks may require medicine or surgery—but that's pretty rare.

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Blood on your poop, or bleeding during or between bathroom runs, could also be a sign of hemorrhoids, which are swollen veins in your anus or rectum. You can develop them from a variety of causes, including straining when you go, constipation, or pregnancy, when there's extra pressure on the veins. Often hemorrhoids can be made less troublesome with dietary tweaks, like drinking plenty of water and adding fiber to help soften stools. In the meantime, your doc may suggest using an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to help with the swelling and itchiness.

However, red or darker blood in the toilet or mixed in with the poop might indicate something more serious, such as colon cancer or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The most common types of IBD are Crohn's disease, which involves inflammation anywhere in your digestive tract, and ulcerative colitis (UC), in which the inflammation specifically affects the lining of the colon and rectum. IBD can also cause abdominal pain, fever, and weight loss when it flares up. Mild IBD symptoms can often be controlled by medication, combined with avoiding certain foods (including fatty and high-fiber kinds, as well as dairy), eating smaller and more frequent meals, drinking plenty of water, and exercising. In extreme cases, surgery or additional medications may be required.

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Those with Crohn's disease and UC are also at higher risk of developing colon cancer, which is why it's important to bring up any blood in your number two with your doctor to figure out the reason behind it and start treating it as quickly as possible.

Health’s medical editor, Roshini Rajapaksa, MD, is assistant professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine.


Stacey Chillemi: The Memory Diet: More Than 150 Healthy Recipes for the Proper Care and Feeding of Your Brain

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The Memory Diet is an empowering, informative and motivational read. Judi and Shari Zucker’s book, “The Memory Diet: More than 150 Healthy Recipes for…

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Chocolate chip cookie dough protein bar

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Treat yourself to these chocolate chip cookie dough protein bars by healthy dessert blogger and founder of Desserts With Benefits, Jessica Stier. 


What you’ll need (makes 10 bars)

128 g (½ cup) roasted almond butter
270 g (1 cup + 2 tbsp) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp vanilla crème-flavoured liquid stevia extract
1 tsp natural butter flavour
168 g (1¼ cups, lightly packed) vanilla brown rice protein powder
80 g (2⁄3 cup) oat flour
2⁄3 tsp salt
¼ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

What you’ll do

Line a 20 x 20 cm brownie pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

In an electric stand mixer bowl fitted with a beater attachment, add the almond butter, almond milk, stevia extract and butter flavour. Mix on low speed while you prepare the dry ingredients.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the protein powder, oat flour and salt. Turn off the stand mixer and dump in the dry ingredients. Return mixer to low speed and mix until the dry ingredients are fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the mini chocolate chips, then return to low speed for one last mix. Mixture should be thick and fudgy, like cookie dough.

Scoop the mixture into the brownie pan and flatten it out. Tightly cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Lift the mixture out of the pan. Slice into 10 bars. Individually wrap the protein bars in plastic sandwich baggies and refrigerate to store (keeps for about 1 week).

While you’re here why not try your hand at these red velvet cake fudge protein brownies.






Tackling anxiety

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Learn more about recognising anxiety symptoms and how to treat it. 


The Problem: You often feel anxious, with negative thoughts and a racing heart. Frequently, your stomach feels queasy and occasionally you stop in the middle of the room and can’t remember what you’re doing. More and more, you find yourself in tears over the smallest things.

Mental Diagnosis: Anxiety. If the problem is ongoing, you could be diagnosed with GAD – generalised anxiety disorder. Your doctor will probably be keen to establish whether or not there has been any event in your life that may have triggered the psychological change, a death, break-up or another tragic event. If so, a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder may be made.

Treatment for anxiety is wide ranging, from relaxation techniques and counselling to cognitive therapy and learning about what you are dealing with so you can problem-solve when anxiety arises. With anxiety, knowledge is definitely power.

Tranquilisers or antidepressants may be recommended by your GP, but usually only as a temporary measure while you’re getting your life back on track with other therapies.

Physical Diagnosis: Anxiety can have a dietary cause. Inadequate intake of B vitamins and calcium can promote anxiety and magnesium deficiency can certainly contribute towards anxiety, particularly noticeable when added to PMS. 

Anxiety can also potentially contribute towards bladder infections and, interestingly, a bladder infection can, in turn, trigger anxiety. The biochemical reaction can also work on the gut and bowel, leading to symptoms of IBS, bloating and diarrhoea.

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Gina Keatley: Eat in the Now

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Yes, you may want to plan out a week’s or a month’s worth of meals, but for me it takes the spontaneity out of meals. Maybe, just maybe, we can stop living in the past or the future and just learn to enjoy the healthy meal in front of us now.

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Justina Elumeze: Benefits of Lemon Tea

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Contrary to popular belief, there are things in this world that have long been existing prior to any ‘celebrities’ discovery of them.

To illustrate, …

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Margaret Marshall: Is It Meditation, Inspiration or Physical Exercise?

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Is it mediation, inspiration, or physical exercise? I believe they are all related and lead to stress management, insight, creativity, good health, and serenity. Inspiration will happen during mediation and/or physical exercise, and meditation can take place during exercise.

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Gabrielle Pfeiffer: The Strengths Millennials Have By Being ‘Young’

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There are many advantages to being young, so cherish them! One day you will be afraid of drinking, forgetful, and stocking up on anti-aging cream while looking back on your younger days with fond memories. Don’t forget to live in the moment and take life one day at a time.

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Why positive affirmations really work

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Combat the negative thoughts and feelings by discovering how and why affirmations and positive reinforcement can help you succeed.


Looking at yourself in the eye in front of the mirror (or looking inward to your mind’s eye) and repeating positive affirmations is not a new concept. It’s a psychological ‘trick’ that has been used by those in the know to boost chances of success and to counteract the negative chatter that so often infiltrates our thoughts.

“Positive self-talk helps people to achieve good results in many areas, including completing simple and complex tasks, improving productivity, winning sporting events and boosting recovery and rehabilitation,” says psychologist Yuliya Richard.

“Individuals who can tell themselves, ‘Yes, it is really uncomfortable, but I can do it. It might be really hard and usually I run away from such situations but this time I will give it a go’, are more likely to take risks and overcome fears.”

Yes, positive affirmations work – when they’re well constructed – in more ways than one, says psychologist Lana Hall.

“Firstly, it means that you’re more likely to act in ways that bring you to your goal, because you’re regularly reminding yourself of its importance and so more likely to keep focused and motivated,” she says.

“Secondly, it helps you to be alert to opportunities that might help you reach your desired state. And lastly, affirmations can start to help you change your sense of self, your identity, to fit with your affirmation. This is a really key part of the change: believing that you are the type of person who can reach your goal. This is why a lot of resolutions end up failing: you say you’ll exercise regularly but you’re the kind of person who’s a bit suspicious of people who love to exercise. Your sense of self is threatened by your goal and so you don’t follow through.

“Tapping into your sense of identity is the scientific reason why affirmations are meant to be said in the present tense, as though you are already there.”

All these elements fit into what is known as the ‘confirmation bias’ – our tendency to look for information that fits with what we already believe.

“Every time you recite an affirmation, you’re confirming your belief, and so the affirmation makes it easier to see evidence that supports the affirmation, and harder to see the evidence against the affirmation,” says Hall.

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The Active Times: Weight Loss Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

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Society, the media and the internet have said so much about weight loss, that it may be difficult to determine what is true… Most of the information…

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