Loose Bowel Movements (Diarrhea)

Occasional loose bowel movements may be normal, but having over three loose stools per day is a symptom of diarrhea.

Check characteristics of normal and excessive bowel movements. Read how to find the cause of loose bowel movements from medical symptoms.


Constipation means having less than three bowel movements in a week.

Check the causes of chronic constipation and severe constipation.


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common diagnosis given in an unexplained diarrhea or constipation.

Foods to avoid in IBS.

Fructose Malabsorption

Ability of the human intestine to absorb fructose is limited, especially in individuals with fructose malabsorption. Main symptoms are diarrhea and bloating, prevention is by a low-fructose diet.

Abnormal Color of Bowel Movement

The color of normal bowel movement in most people is brown. Check for other colors of a normal bowel movement. Check the causes of white, yellow, orangeblack, green bowel movement, and mucus in the bowel movement.

Blood in the Stool

Check the causes of blood in the stool, and what is melena.

Read about bowel anatomy, motility, digestion, and intestinal flora.

Bloating and Gas (Flatulence)

Bloating is distension of the belly wall because of gas accumulation within the intestine. Check causes of bloating and gas.

Article reviewed by Dr. Greg. Last updated on February 18, 2010