Green Poop Causes and Treatment
What Causes Green Poop
Green poop is not a nice topic to talk about. In fact, most people prefer not to talk about it at all. However, the fact remains that millions of people experience a green stool every year. It is nothing to be embarrassed about.
There are many things that can cause a green bowel movement. The most common causes are:
- Eating lots of green leafy plants
Most plants contain chlorophyll, which is a green pigment. By eating a lot of plants and by not following a balanced diet you may get green feces. It is normally only temporary and nothing to be worried about.
- Artificial food colorants
Many different types of food and drinks contain artificial food colorants. This is often the case with junk food such as sweets and ice cream (contain dyes). Although the artificial colors added to the food may not necessarily be green in color (they are often blue or purple) they may still cause your stool to appear green in color.
A stool turns green as it passes through your large intestine. However, if you are having diarrhea it may pass through the large intestine too quickly (this is called "rapit transit") and as a result your feces may appear greenish in color.
If you are experiencing chronic diarrhea or have pain it's best to see a doctor as soon as possible as you may have a viral infection or pood poisening.
- Fatty Foods
When you consume a lot of fatty foods your body produces more bile (green in color) than normal to help break down the fat. Green poop is often the result of excess bile.
For more information on the causes of green poop click this link > Green Poop Causes
How To Treat Green Poop And Prevent It From Recurring
In the vast majority of cases green poop is only temporary and not harmful.
Through regular exercise, by following a healthy, balanced diet and by drinking lots of water you should not have a recurring problem.
In some cases green poop may be a warning sign of a more serious underlying issue. For more information click this link > Green Poop.
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To Your Health!
Francois du Toit
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