Hi, thank you so much for what you’ve done and are doing for the health of others, your site is amazing. I wish I’d found it earlier. After 5 years of working with a “possible candida overgrowth” (initially got very sick in Africa, some practitioners think it could be some other parasite(s) I’ve noticed that I see white mucous in my stool and urine, especially if I’m a little constipated. Any idea on that? I’ve thought it might be semen, or I’ve heard it could be dead yeasts…would it be crazy to try and get a test on that? (on a side note, I’ve been thinking about changing my probiotic from Dr Ohiru’s…could you suggest a probiotic you prefer?) Thank you very much! I’m considering the Alcat test, although I think I know what not to eat. Billy
You’re welcome, I’m glad you find the site helpful.
A small amount of white mucus in the stool may not mean anything. A certain degree of mucus is normal, as it is produced to moisten the lining of the colon and assist with evacuation. However, it is usually not very visible, so if it is thick and it occurs frequently then this may be an indication there is some type of problem. If it is accompanied by other symptoms like gas, bloating, abdominal cramps, indigestion, nausea, heartburn, or abdominal pain, this is also an indication that there may be one of a variety of potential issues that we will discuss below. A lot of mucus may indicate acute inflammation.
White mucus could be from inflammation caused by an unidentified food sensitivity or from eating the wrong foods that inflame the gastrointestinal tract like grains, beans, caffeine, alcohol, sugar or in some cases dairy. Inflammation of the GI tract is a hallmark symptom of unidentified food sensitivity.
White mucus can also be a sign that the colon is not functioning properly and that fecal matter and toxins are building up. If one is experiencing constipation, this is a sign that the colon is not working up to par. Constipation itself could result in the mucus because if fecal matter isn’t moving out, neither is mucus, then the mucus could build up with the fecal matter.
A good colon cleanse with something like *Oxy-Powder® might solve the mucus problem and help get the colon back on track. Also, be sure to read my what causes constipation page and consider those suggestions as well. If the mucus lining is too thick, it can interfere in absorption of nutrients and result in nutritional deficiencies.
It could also be caused by Candida, bacteria or some type of parasite. Overgrowth of any of these organisms can cause a great deal of inflammation. A lot of mucus may present if one is dealing with SIBO, so that should be assessed.
No, it is not crazy to try and get a test. A good stool test like the GI Effects or the Organic Acids Test can be very effective for identifying many organisms. However, stool tests are not very good at diagnosing Candida. Candida is very elusive and difficult to diagnose. The best test for diagnosing Candida is Dr. Crook’s written questionnaire in The Yeast Connection book. Additionally, if one follows the Candida diet and feels better, that is usually an indication that yeast is a primary culprit.
Other more serious conditions like colitis, Crohn’s, cystic fibrosis, bowel obstruction, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer can also result in white mucus in the stool.
White mucus in the urine can also mean a variety of things. It may be bacteria, Candida or parasites or it could be a urinary tract or kidney infection.
If you haven’t already done so, I would suggest seeing a doctor and having these things checked just to rule out the possibility of something serious. You should be able to find a good doctor at The Institute for Functional Medicine or The American Academy of Environmental Medicine.
The fact that you can specifically pinpoint that your problems developed during a trip to Africa is a good indicator that you probably picked up some type of organism, like Candida, parasites, bacteria, etc. or maybe all of them. It’s not uncommon for more than one to occur together.
As far as probiotics, currently my favorite is called PB8. However, there are a variety of other good ones out there. On the other hand, one must be very careful with probiotics, as they can be counterproductive in some cases such as SIBO. Additionally, some organisms increase D-lactate and histamine, which can be problematic for individuals with an elevation in these substances.
All the best.