Common reason for blood in stool

Alright, kind of gross, but when this happened to me, I could only find scary reasons why there might be blood in my stool. I just wanted folks to know that there could be a non-scary reason for having blood in your stool occasionally. (Of course, definitely mention this to your doctor!)

From my own experience, and from what the doctor told me, I have both an external hemorrhoid and an internal hemorrhoid. If you don’t drink enough water each day – 1500 to 2000 ml a day, your bowel movements can irritate and inflame the internal hemorrhoid, causing it to bleed.

This hemorrhoid irritation and bleeding can also be caused if you aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables every day too (most people should strive for 2-3 servings of each every day).

Thus, I’ve upped my fruit and veggie intake and I drink more water. I use an app to track my water intake, to make sure that I’m drinking enough.

So far, so good. I haven’t had a problem since, but it took a couple of days for my body to adjust to my updated diet. The doctor stated that this issue can happen to folks most often when they are on vacation, as folks don’t keep the same eating schedule or diet when traveling.