Green Poop And The Dangers Associated With It
Before you grab your keys and head off to the doctor’s office because of your green poop; stop and take a breather. There are many reasons that your poop may be green. It does not necessarily mean anything serious if it lasts only for a few days after changing your diet.
One of the major causes of green poop can simply be your diet is suddenly filled with lots of green vegetables that carry chlorophyll in them, which makes them the color they are. Brussels sprouts, broccoli and spinach are all common forms of vegetables with chlorophyll in them. Cut back on these foods to see if your green poop disappears.
Also in this food group, is liver high in iron and iron supplements, which can cause your green poop. Again, cut back on your iron for a few days to see if your green poop goes away. However, remember, once you see the green poop is the cause of your iron amounts, be sure to continue with your iron supplements if you are low on iron.
The last in the food group that can cause green poop is all the dye coloring to make certain food items a more attractive color that someone would want to consume. This is especially true of foods aimed at children. Energy drinks are a big cause of green poop because of the green food coloring they use. If you are not experiencing any problems like stomach pains, diarrhea or constipation, try changing your diet up to see if everything gets back to normal color.
The second major cause of green poop is associated with supplements, such as the iron supplement already mentioned, and certain other prescription medications. If you are constipated and use laxatives and/or stool softeners, this can cause green poop. When you are on a proper diet with a good amount of fiber in it, most bowel movements should be the right consistency and color of brown. This type of bowel movement is aided by bile, which is produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Under normal circumstances, the digestive system works very efficiently without any problems. If you take any laxatives, this can cause the stool to pass too quickly through the intestines before allowing the bile to mix and digest the food, turning it brown. Laxatives are meant to use only occasionally, otherwise the bowel can become dependent upon help from the laxative. It is best to modify the diet to produce the best bowel movement.
The third major cause of green poop and of more concern is if your green poop is accompanied with stomach pains, fever, diarrhea or dehydration. This can be caused most likely from an intestinal bacterium. Salmonella and the E. coli bacteria will cause green poop and can be quite dangerous at times. If you are continuing to have the green poop along with the aforementioned symptoms of stomach pains, bloating, fever, and diarrhea, you should consult with your physician immediately.