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Can being constipated make your stool darker?

for the past week i've been constipated and drinking prune juice to help with that. whenever i start to finally go it is hard and ALOT darker, like a really really dark brown is this normal from being constipated? i know that black can mean blood, its so close.... but not black how can i tell if its serious or not?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:13 AM on May. 2, 2009 in Health

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  • usually what you eat creates the color but if you think it's blood then you should call the doctor and have it checked.

    Answer by admckenzie at 9:17 AM on May. 2, 2009

  • Yes, it can. You need to evaluate your diet. Drink at least 8 8oz glasses of water a day. Eat 7 servings of whole grains a day. Eat 7-8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, in at least three colors. Cut back on, or eliminate, dairy and meat. Eat beans and lentils. Feel free to contact me directly for recipe and meal plan ideas. Don't worry, I am not selling anything.

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:44 AM on May. 2, 2009

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