Oh Crap! Beet juice or blood?

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   Posted 4/24/2010 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
   Hey guys. Its me again. Just had a semi solid BM before. But there was more mucus than usual and it was blood tinged. And the stool had what looked like blood around and in it. Or was it blood?
   I drink a cup of juiced vegetables every morning and for about five days I have been adding some beet juice in there, which makes the juice bloody red. But like I said, I have been drinking it for 5 days and never had red stool from it.
   So now I don't know if I'm bleeding again or its the beet juice. I only had 2 BM's today and have not had any real pain or cramping today.
   What do you guys think? I'm scared again.
PS - I'm taking the beet juice out of the mix from now on.

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   Posted 4/24/2010 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Beets help to cleanse the liver. The juice might be helping to break up some mucus sludge and tinging it on the way out.

Every time I have beets, or beet juice, I notice it the next day in my stools. And if I eat more than a few I will actually have red tinged pee as well.

Maybe you have slow transit time? Or the beet juice can mix with other stuff you've eaten over a couple of days and be delayed in its appearance.

I don't drink a lot of it as it is very intense with the cleansing. Stop drinking it for a few days and see what happens. Then, if nothing shows or feels "off" try it again and see what happens.

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   Posted 4/24/2010 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL, I've done that!

Stop the beets, chances are this is it, you'll know for sure in a few days :)
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   Posted 4/25/2010 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I put my money on the beets NOT blood. Good luck!
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