what does it mean when your poop is green

 

Stools that should normally be brown sometimes turn green and cause you to worry about what causes green stools. In this article, we will talk more about “What does it mean when your poop is green?”

 

Why do we have green stools?

When to see a doctor?

 

Why do we have green stools?

In the following, we intend to name and briefly describe the causes of green stools:

 

  • Eat foods that are green in color:

The most common cause of green stools is that foods high in chlorophyll, such as:

  • cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Blueberry
  • lettuce
  • Green vegetables
  • Green jelly
  • Consuming foods containing food coloring

Foodstuffs that are purple or blue in color can also produce green stools.

 

  • Incomplete digestion:

Your body may not be able to fully digest some of the food you eat, and the presence of undigested food can make your stools green.

 

  • Bile:

Bile salts are green. Sometimes a person with increased cramps or rapid bowel movements may excrete bile salts through the stool due to the green color of the stool.

 

  • Surgery:

Surgeries if they have increased bowel movements and intestinal cramps

 

  • Rejection of bone marrow transplant:

It can cause diarrhea and green stools

 

  • Parasitic, viral and bacterial infections of the gastrointestinal tract:
  • Salmonella
  • Giardia is a parasite that lives in water
  • Norovirus

These factors will cause diarrhea and rapid bowel movements and therefore the bile color of the stool.

 

  • Any disorder that is associated with chronic diarrhea and accelerated bowel movements. As:
  • Crohn's disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Patients with celiac disease
  • Use of laxatives
  • Irritable bowel syndrome with predominant diarrhea
  • Inflammation of the intestines

If anal fissure is associated with chronic and recurrent diarrhea, you may experience green stools in addition to clear blood in your stool.

 

  • Medicines:

Indomethacin

Iron supplements (although constipation and dark black stools are often associated with iron supplements)

Medroxyprogesterone

Antibiotics are widely used

By killing beneficial intestinal bacteria, they can lead to diarrhea and biliary green stools.

Taking oral probiotics helps to improve both intestinal function and normal stool color.

 

When to see a doctor?

Green stools often do not indicate cancer, but if they persist or are accompanied by symptoms such as:

  • Unjustifiable weight loss
  • Lack of appetite
  • Chronic lethargy, boredom and fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • The presence of blood in the stool

You should be examined by a doctor as soon as possible

If you have recurrent diarrhea for which you cannot find a cause, it is better to see a doctor at the earliest opportunity for additional examination.

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