Yellow Poop (Stool Color): Treatments

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When people see yellow poop in the toilet, it can often be worrying, so it is important to understand what causes it, as well as what can help you get your digestive system back on track.

Yellow Poop Treatments

Fortunately, there are a number of treatments for yellow poop, specifically treating the underlying cause, once it has been diagnosed. Some therapeutic treatments include altering your diet and the use of certain herbal remedies. Most important, however, is addressing the cause. If your yellow stool is caused by stress, seek out natural stress-relieving activities, while liver and gallbladder disorders may require more aggressive treatment or the opinion of a medical professional.

While there are some at-home remedies, as explained below, experiencing more than two days of yellow stool should warrant a visit to the doctor.

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Dietary Change

Eliminating spicy, sour, and acidic foods can often help remedy yellow stool relatively quickly. Increase your intake of healthy fats, as well as fruits and vegetables, and add more cooling foods, such as beans and barley, which can help to bind your stool and improve gastrointestinal health.

Herbal Remedies

Use herbal gastrointestinal remedies like ginger, turmeric, milk thistle, mint, and slippery elm to quickly re-balance the bacterial landscape in your gut and optimize the health of your liver and gallbladder.

When to See a Doctor?

While yellow stool is worrying, it doesn’t automatically mean you should see a doctor, particularly if you believe the symptoms are a result of your diet or a temporary bout of intense stress. However, if the symptoms persist for more than 2 days, or if the abdominal pain is debilitating in any way, seek out medical attention as soon as possible.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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