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Why Is Your Poop Dark Green

Updated on June 19, 2013

Dark green poop is something that concerns almost everyone. However, poop of this color is not life threatening. There are many reasons why your poop has turned green. These reasons can vary from the type of food that you eat to certain medical conditions. If you are experiencing dark green poop, there are some ways to treat the condition as well as some preventative measures to aid in keeping this from happening to you.

First we need to understand that your poop starts out green in color. This is due to bile. Bile is a dark green fluid which is secreted from the liver. This bile is stored in the small intestine and then the gallbladder. As the poop travels through our intestine system the digestive process changes the color of your poop. Sometimes we experience decreased bowel transit. This means that your poop has traveled through the intestines at a rate that is faster than normal. But why would this be happening.

There are other reasons why your poop may turn green. Some of these other reasons are; food poisoning, laxative use, Crohn's disease, Celiac disease, antibiotic use, Malabsorption, Ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, medication side effects, traveler's diarrhea, bacterial overgrowth, infectious diarrhea and cancer. These are all medical reasons as to why your poop may turn green. There are still more reasons why you may be experiencing this condition such as a larger than normal intake of green leafy foods, excessive sugar or even certain food dyes.

Due to the nature in which we experience dark green poop such as medications or ingested foods, there is no real danger. However, you want to seek the consultation of a doctor if alongside this condition you experience any fever, rectal pain, constipation, weight loss or general malaise.

When treating this condition, the first thing to do is find out the root cause. As mentioned above, you may want to seek out a doctor if you are experiencing any other symptoms along with the dark green poop. Another form of treatment is a colon cleansing. Doing a colon cleansing will help your body to flush out any unwanted or harmful toxins and make your bowel movements more regular and easy. Doing a colon cleanse on a regular basis will allow your body to be more healthy digestive system.

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      zara 

      2 years ago

      I woke up this morning and went to the toilet and my stools were normal but 5 mins later I had a pain like when u experience diarrhoea so went to the toilet again and this time my stools were a very dark green colour,I cant remember eating anything of a green colour so am worried to what can be causing this?

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      Johnf599 

      4 years ago

      There are some interesting closing dates on this article however efagagggedce

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      Stacy T. 

      4 years ago

      I recently just had a severe liver infection and am now releasing dark green poop. Could that be why?

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      CharleyBear 

      5 years ago

      I'm still not quite sure!!!!! My poop is like a dark army like green and I'm experiencing very mild constipation. It has been green for 3 days now and 3 days ago I had a spicy kebab with chilli and salad-could that be it? I had no constipation before this so should I still worry? Cancer runs through my family as 6 people in my immediatefamily have gotten the same type of cancer. HELP!!!!

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      CharleyBear 

      5 years ago

      I'm still not quite sure!!!!! My poop is like a dark army like green and I'm experiencing very mild constipation. It has been green for 3 days now and 3 days ago I had a spicy kebab with chilli and salad-could that be it? I had no constipation before this so should I still worry? Cancer runs through my family as 6 people in my immediatefamily have gotten the same type of cancer. HELP!!!!

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      mendy 

      6 years ago

      blue cake icing and blue snow cones always turn my kids poop dark green and red velvet cake will turn it red

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      sugarintaker 

      6 years ago

      haha when i read that it can also be caused by exessive sugar intake i knew that was it! wow this is funny... i hope this dosent mean i'll get diabetes.

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      scott 

      6 years ago

      i've had dark green poop for the past couple of days to but it only seems to happen when i eat wraps with lettuce tomato cheese and ham, could that be the cause of my green poopy?

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      cheyenne 

      6 years ago

      my poo has been forest green for the past couple days, i was relieved when i read the part about it not being life threatening, and that its a sign of fast movement. it explains why i saw undigested noodles in the poo. i have been eating a lot of cereal, maybe that's why its been messed up.

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      Mark Nelson  

      7 years ago

      You mite try olive leaf extract to clean out your bowel track

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      curiouspooper 

      7 years ago

      I have recently been working out almost everyday and today a had green poop, so I was wondering if working out has something to do with it

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      FduToit 

      8 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      Nice hub! Green poop is not something most people like to talk about and there is not a lot of good information online about the topic. You have done a great job in covering this sensitive subject.

      All the best,

      Francois

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