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My bowel movement smells heavily of garlic. Why?

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My bowel movement smells heavily of garlic ?
Posted Tue, 17 Jul 2012 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Rohan Khandelwal 1 hour later

Thank you for writing in.

The smell and the consistency of your bowel movements to a great deal depends on the food which you consume. It is a well known fact that people who consume excessive garlic, develop a garlicky odour and their bowel movements can develop a similar smell.

Are you suffering from diarrhoea as well? That is another cause which can lead to foul smelling stools.

I would recommend that you cut down on your garlic intake for a few days and then observe you stools. If the smell goes down, it was probably because of consumption of garlic.

Hope you get well soon. I will be available to help you further if you have any more concerns.

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