Green Poop - Causes And Treatment
can be worrying and it’s not something we normally discuss around the dinner table, with our friends or colleagues at work. In fact, most people find it too embarrassing to mention it to anyone. Well, first of all, there is nothing to be embarrassed about! In fact, it happens to more people than you would imagine. People just don’t like talking about it.
In most cases having a green stool is nothing to be worried about... However, in some cases it can indeed point to a more serious underlying problem in which case you may need medical attention. But, before you go off running to the doctor let’s first find out if you have any reason to be worried.
Why Is My Poop Green?
There are many possible green poop causes
. In the vast majority of cases it’s caused by consuming a lot of chlorophyll (a green pigment found in most plants). Vegetables that are rich in iron such as spinach and broccoli can also cause your stool to turn green. Excess iron in your body caused by iron supplements may have the same result. So, if you have been eating a lot of green or leafy vegetables or taking iron supplements you may already know what’s causing your green feces.
Another very common cause of green poop is the green, blue or dark purple artificial food colorants that are added to certain candies, Kool-Aid, popsicles, dyes in ice-cream, cake frosting and gelatin (Jell-O) to name but a few.
In some cases your green poop can also be the result of bile (green in color). Bile is made by the liver and stored in the gallbladder before it gets released into your small intestine. Only when it passes through your large intestine does it turn brown. But, if it passes too quickly through your large intestine it may remain greenish. This mostly happens in cases of diarrhea or as a side effect of using laxatives. However, bile also gets released after a fatty meal to help break down the fat particles and excess bile in this case may also result in a green stool.
In rare cases a green stool may be an indication of a more serious ailment such as salmonella poisoning. Salmonella is a bacteria that is normally found in unprocessed dairy products or dairy products that are no longer fresh. You can also become infected when eating undercooked poultry and meat or if you drink contaminated water. Some other serious ailments include intestinal infections or disorders.
How To Cure Green Poop
In most cases all of the above causes are temporary. In the case of eating lots of healthy greens it is also harmless. However, eating a lot of sweets with artificial colorants and junk food can be very harmful to your health and in this case your bowel movements can be seen as a warning sign that you need to take corrective action. More about this in a moment...
If you are experiencing pain, chronic diarrhea or if your stools continue to be green after you have ruled out a poor diet you need to see a doctor!
If your bad eating habits is the culprit you should be able to put an end to green stools by following a healthy diet that’s rich in fiber, drinking plenty of water and through regular exercise.
However, if you are overweight and have not been following a healthy eating plan you should seriously consider getting into shape as being overweight can cause many other, more serious, health problems.