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Digestion is the complex process of turning food you eat into the energy you need to survive. The digestive process also involves creating waste to be eliminated, and is made of a series of muscles that coordinate the movement of food.

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    • Stool Color Changes Stool color changes can very from green, red, maroon, yellow, white, or black. Causes of changes of stool color can range from...learn more »
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      Stool Color Changes Article
      • Stool color changes facts
      • Definition of stool color changes
      • What is the color of normal stool?
      • What are the causes of stool color changes?
      • What are symptoms of stool color changes?
      • Green stools
      • Yellow, greasy, and foul smelling stool
      • Black tarry stools
      • Bright red stools
      • Light-colored white or clay-colored stools
      • Maroon stools
      • Mucous in the stool
      • Stool that floats
      • Changes in the size and shape of stool
      • How is the cause of stool color changes evaluated?
      • When should I contact my doctor about stool color or texture changes?
      • Stool color chart
    • Top 12 Foods for Constipation Relief Constipation is a common problem, and almost everyone has been constipated at one time or another. There are foods that can help...learn more »
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      Top 12 Foods for Constipation Relief Article
      • What is constipation?
      • 1. Flax seed
      • 2. Beans
      • 3. Kiwi
      • 4. Berries
      • 5. Pears, plums, and apples
      • 6. Sweet potatoes
      • 7. Popcorn
      • 8. Dried fruit
      • 9. Nuts and seeds
      • 10. Whole grain bread
      • 11. Prunes
      • 12. Broccoli
    • Diverticulitis (Diverticulosis, Diverticular Disease) Diverticulitis is a condition in which diverticuli in the colon rupture. The rupture results in infection in the tissues that...learn more »
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      Diverticulitis (Diverticulosis, Diverticular Disease) Article
      • Diverticulosis and diverticulitis facts
      • What is diverticulosis?
      • What is diverticulitis?
      • What causes diverticula and how do diverticula form?
      • What are diverticulitis symptoms?
      • Is there a special diet or digestive supplement that can treat or prevent diverticulitis symptoms?
      • What are the more serious complications of diverticulitis?
      • How are the diagnosis of diverticulitis and diverticulosis made?
      • What is the treatment for diverticulitis and diverticulosis?
      • Medical treatment of diverticulitis and diverticulosis
      • Surgical treatment for diverticulitis
    • Anal Fissure An anal fissure is a small tear or cut in the skin lining of the anus. Pain and/or rectal bleeding during bowel movements are...learn more »
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      Anal Fissure Article
      • Anal fissures facts
      • What are anal fissures?
      • What causes anal fissures?
      • What are the symptoms of anal fissures?
      • How are anal fissures diagnosed and evaluated?
      • What is the treatment for anal fissures?
      • General treatment and home remedies for anal fissures
      • Prescription medications for anal fissures
      • Surgical treatment for anal fissures
      • Personal observation
    • Constipation Constipation is defined medically as fewer than three stools per week and severe constipation as less than one stool per week....learn more »
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      Constipation Article
      • Constipation facts
      • What is constipation?
      • What causes constipation?
      • Medications that cause constipation
      • Other causes of constipation
      • What are constipation symptoms?
      • How is constipation diagnosed (evaluated)?
      • Exams and tests
      • Imaging studies and other tests
      • What treatments are available for constipation?
      • Dietary fiber and bulk-forming laxatives to treat constipation
      • Other laxatives to treat constipation
      • Other laxatives and OTC products to treat constipation
      • Prescription drugs to treat constipation
      • Other treatments for constipation
      • What is the approach to the evaluation and treatment of constipation?
      • When should I seek medical care for chronic constipation?
      • What is new in the treatment of constipation?
    • Blood in the Stool (Rectal Bleeding) Rectal bleeding (hematochezia) refers to the passage of bright red blood from the anus. Common causes include anal fissures,...learn more »
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      Blood in the Stool (Rectal Bleeding) Article
      • Rectal bleeding (blood in stool) facts
      • What does rectal bleeding (blood in stool) mean?
      • What are causes of blood in the stool (rectal bleeding)?
      • What diseases and conditions can cause blood in the stool (rectal bleeding)?
      • Anal fissures
      • Hemorrhoids
      • Diverticulitis
      • Colon cancer and polyps
      • Angiodysplasias
      • Colitis and proctitis
      • Meckel's diverticulum
      • Polypectomy
      • Rare causes of rectal bleeding
      • When should I call a doctor for blood in the stool (rectal bleeding)?
      • How is the cause of blood in the stool (rectal bleeding) diagnosed?
      • History and physical examination
      • Anoscopy
      • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
      • Colonoscopy
      • Radionuclide scans
      • Visceral angiogram
      • Video capsule and small intestine enteroscopy
      • MRI and CT tomographic angiography
      • Nasogastric tube aspiration
      • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
      • Blood tests
      • What is the treatment for rectal bleeding (blood in the stool)?
      • Can rectal bleeding (blood in the stool) be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis of rectal bleeding (blood in the stool)?

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