Why is poop sometimes colored yellow

Yellow-brown bowel movements, yellow stools, or golden yellow stools

Possible causes of yellow bowel movements, yellow brown stools, or gold yellow stools

Change in color of the human stool
Further down on this website you can find all kinds of things about bowel movements and their color or here:
black chair - red chair - green chair - yellow chair

Yellowish or yellow stools from food
Yellow stools can be caused by dairy products, eggs, and starchy foods, among other things.

Yellowish or yellowish brown stool with possible illness
A yellowish or yellow-brown discoloration of the stool often occurs with diarrhea.

Yellow or golden yellow bowel movements in infants or babies
The golden yellow or yellow stool in infants is probably caused by dairy products, as in adults, and mostly by breast milk in babies. Also called breast milk stool, in babies.

Overview of chair colors

The normal color of stool (light to dark brown) is caused by Sterkobilin, which is formed from the bile pigment.

Medically, a large volume of stool, around 125-300g / 24h, is considered cheap (the stool should at least initially float on the water).
The brown color is mainly caused by the tetrapyrrole Sterkobilin, which also determines the color of the urine. However, the color of the stool is also influenced by the food ingested and / or diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

Color changes are worrying when diet or drugs are excluded as the cause.

Changes in the color of bowel movements caused by food.

The following color changes can occur due to diet:

  • Brown black - Lots of meat, blueberries, red wine
  • Green Brown - Food containing chlorophyll (green vegetables, lettuce, spinach)
  • Red-brown - Beetroot
  • Yellow-brown - Lots of dairy products, eggs, starchy foods.

Changes in the color of stool caused by medicines.

Some drugs change the color of the stool, such as:

  • black - coal, iron supplements
  • White - X-ray contrast media.

Color changes in bowel movements typical of the disease

Digestive disorders are sometimes associated with typical changes in the color of the stool:

  • Gray-clay colors (Acholic stool) - Missing sterkobilin in gallstones, pancreatic tumors, hepatitis
  • Light brown, yellow - diarrhea
  • Marbled reddish brown - bleeding in the lower colon
  • Red-brown to dark red Bleeding in the upper colon
  • Bright red blood deposit - bleeding from hemorrhoids, fissures, or colon polyps
  • Black (Melaena, tarry stool) - Upper digestive tract bleeding, e.g. bleeding from esophageal varices
  • Greenish, liquid - Salmonellosis (diarrhea caused by Salmonella).

Color changes in infants or babies from bowel movements

  • Green-black - Meconium (first bowel movement of a newborn)
  • Golden yellow - Breast milk stool in infants.

The 7 chair shapes (chair appearance, chair types)

Bristol Stool Form Scale.
The stool is divided into 7 types, forms 3 and 4 are considered to be physiological stool forms that are easy to excrete
and do not indicate any serious illnesses.
Types 1 and 2 are classified as constipation, types 5, 6 and 7 as diarrhea. ... continue to chair shapes

The human stool / bowel movement

Also called stool, stool, feces, excrement, med. Feces, coll. Poop or even shit.

Stool or medical defecation is the excretion of feces from the human digestive tract or intestine.

The term bowel movements

The term stool movement comes from the body chair, which was developed in the 18th century and consisted of a chair with a built-in chamber pot to hold the feces.

Colloquially, but vulgarly, bowel movements are also referred to as poop (from the Latin cacare "shit") or shit.

Sources: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuhlgang, www.meduniqa.at, www.healthy48.com/deu/d/teerstuhl/teerstuhl.htm

If you are concerned, you should definitely consult a doctor!


But please pay attention to stomach and intestinal problems!

In general it can be said that there is no one hundred percent safe prevention against all gastrointestinal diseases, but the risk can be minimized by taking simple measures. This includes a balanced diet. However, one should not overdo any of the substances mentioned. Good hygienic conditions and regular exercise are also very good ways of staying healthy. Furthermore, you should also take advantage of the preventive medical check-ups offered by your general practitioner and specialist in order to be able to react to illnesses early enough in the worst case.

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