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Why is poop brown?
The reason that heartburn, or GERD, is such a problem is that so many people are unaware that they can deal with it. "Our intestinal system provides all kinds of clues," Dr. Oz says. Try investigating the color of your stool. "If you don't have any bile, your poop will turn white. What makes the poop brown is the bile. It's what allows your body to surround fats and absorb them healthily. It's like the soap of our intestines. It hatches to be green. So as it gets metabolized through the bowel, it turns brown."

What could be the cause of red poop? "If you've got red poop, a lot of times that's because you've had beets or red Jell-O," Dr. Oz says. "But red poop can also mean blood. It doesn't take a lot of blood to make it red but if you've got blood in your poop, you've got to get someone to look at you."