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Sun~Rose
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ok not for the faint hearted, but any idea what it means if your poo starts to smell like vomit..:confused:

curious..thanks

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derekgruender
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The smell of your stools reflects the health of your diet and digestion.

Healthy food and good digestion = no, or very little smell.

Unhealthy food or poor digestion = nasty odours.

So, in my opinion, you have either eaten too much unhealthy food (which you will know you have done), or you've eaten something bad (which you may be unaware of) and your digestive system is struggling to handle it, or you have some digestive disorder - caused by any one of a hundred possible reasons!

If it passes (excuse the pun!) in a day, I wouldn't worry about it, but if it continues, I'd get it checked out.

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Maeshadow
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Very interesting to know that Derek.:)

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Sun~Rose
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The smell of your stools reflects the health of your diet and digestion.

Healthy food and good digestion = no, or very little smell.

Unhealthy food or poor digestion = nasty odours.

So, in my opinion, you have either eaten too much unhealthy food (which you will know you have done), or you've eaten something bad (which you may be unaware of) and your digestive system is struggling to handle it, or you have some digestive disorder - caused by any one of a hundred possible reasons!

If it passes (excuse the pun!) in a day, I wouldn't worry about it, but if it continues, I'd get it checked out.

thanks Derek,, ive tried to eat healthier..including more wholewheat and nuts/seeds..could i be intolerant to that,, ive noticed it for about five days..:009:

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derekgruender
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As I say, Sun-Rose, there are many possibly reasons for this. Just Google 'smelly stools' and see what comes up. There is plenty to choose from, though don't frighten yourself with some of the possibilities!!

I do think that as this has persisted for some days, a stool test is called for.

Having said that, I do think food allergies and intolerance are a major factor in the state of our stools. Cutting out one thing at a time (I'd start with wheat, as, in my experience, it is the most common) and watching the results could tell you what is the problem.

You could also try the pulse test. Doesn't always work (sorry!) but can be helpful. You take your pulse before you eat something and then again 15 minutes after you've eaten it. If your body doesn't like what you've ingested, your pulse will rise significantly - sometimes!!

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CarolineN
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One of the main reasons for smelly stools is disrupted gut bacteria. From experience I find it necessary to support healthy gut bacteria with supplements, at least periodically. If one doesn't, the balance seems to go wrong again - and in this case it might be due to food intolerances.

One of the very best books for this information is Elizabeth Lipski's [url]Digestive Wellness[/url].

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Hi - I agree with the other posts re your problem, but I just want to add something about the pulse test. For the best possible results, the food you are testing should be avoided for as long as possible . So lets take wheat as the example - you would avoid wheat strictly for 28 days. (you need to check food labels as many things contain wheat) so you would also avoid all bread, cakes, biscuits, pasta, sauces, cereals etc.
1. Take your resting pulse for 60 seconds - so sit down quietly for 5 or 10 minutes before you take it.
2. Then, after the avoidance of the food for 28 days, eat more than usual the food you are testing - a large bowl of cereal for example
3. Take your resting pulse (because you are still sitting down - not racing up the stairs inbetween taking your pulse) after 10, 30, and again after 60 minutes. Make sure you take your pulse at rest for the duration of 60 seconds
4. Keep a record of any symptoms over the next 24 hours.

if your pulse increases by 10 points or if you have any noticable symptoms within 24 hours, avoid this substance - your body has had a reaction to it and you may have to choose alternatives to it

If your pluse does not increse by 10 points and you have no change in symptoms, reintroduce this food slowly into your diet

It is best to test only one food at a time, for clearer results.

This test is known as the avoid and challenge test - used by most nutrition consultants.
hope this helps .

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I would definitely get myself on a good quality probiotic. Flax oil is good for the gut, keeps you regular and has a deodorising effect (take it with food), but certainly explore the causes as well.

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The Luke
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you sure give sound advice man!

Thanks a lot, everything you said worked for me man, my compost is smelling fine again!

That pulse trick really works!!! πŸ˜€

Seriously

πŸ™‚

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You haven't got a son called Luke have you Derek? πŸ™‚

Good advice though. A good probiotic supplement would be a good investment. Chewing your food more thoroughly is wise if you have digestive troubles. And the only other thing I would add is go easy on your liquid intake with meals.

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derekgruender
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you sure give sound advice man!

Thanks a lot, everything you said worked for me man, my compost is smelling fine again!

That pulse trick really works!!! πŸ˜€

Seriously

πŸ™‚

Who knew something posted over two years ago could still be helpful! Glad to be of assistance, Luke, and yes, everybody should listen to me - I do rule πŸ˜€

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derekgruender
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You haven't got a son called Luke have you Derek? πŸ™‚

Good advice though. A good probiotic supplement would be a good investment. Chewing your food more thoroughly is wise if you have digestive troubles. And the only other thing I would add is go easy on your liquid intake with meals.

No, he's not my son πŸ™‚ Were I to have one, though, he would be just like Luke πŸ˜€

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MoogleKnight
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This is great advice Derek, thank you!

I've had loose stools and solid stools that smell like bile/vomit compound. I was worried that something had gone wrong and my internal system had ripped apart and fused with my 'out' opening.

I'll look into the 28 day stop method tomorrow onward. While it does help possibly answer why it smells very strongly of bile/yellow gloomy type honey visual, I'm going to see my family doctor about the amount of blood that's coming out also.

Very glad I at least know something is wrong and not that it's a standard thing. I don't always get dizzy with the smell of it but feeling light headed when I'm forced to 'power squeeze' when things have done a 180 and I'm locked down, movement wise, was becoming an issue at work. We only have 4 cubicles in the mens room and I'm ashamed to say some smart arse pulled a fire alarm before Christmas because they though there had been a gas leak. Not the case sadly. It was just a particularly bad morning. I'll make sure my doctor knows.

Gratefully

Malcolm

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HannaMoon
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Prebiotics are very good for overall health but especially for gut issues. Also it may take a while for your body to adjust if you have changed your diet recently.

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