Christabel Daniella. stools. January 06th , 2017.
As we all know, the liver produces a green colored digestive juice known as the bile. The production of bile is necessary to ensure proper digestion of food. It is a known fact that stool formation takes place in the large intestine. When the bile enters the large intestine, it eventually turns yellowish brown and then mixes with the stool. This is the reason why stool appears brown in color. However, if the bile and the stool formed move quickly out of the large intestine, it is unlikely that the bile will become yellow. So, with the bile color remaining the same (green), the waste matter also appears greenish-yellow during bowel movement.
Consumption of laxatives in excess may cause the stool color to turn green as laxatives aim at cleansing the system of toxicities. Thus, the toxins are cleared as laxatives consist a high dosage of fiber content and roughage, also helping in smooth bowel movement. Due to this, diarrhea accompanied with soft, green-colored stool is the result.
Intestinal problems can also interfere with normal stool color and cause green bowel movement. Pregnant women diagnosed with intestinal disorders like Crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome also pass green stools. In most cases of Crohn's disease, it is observed that the tissues that form the small intestine become inflamed. So, when the food passes through the intestine, bleeding may occur from the inflamed tissues. The mixing of blood and bile along with the intestinal content may lead to formation of greenish black stools.
Darkening of the stool, is pointing towards internal bleeding in the organs of upper gastrointestinal tract such as the stomach. However, in some cases, blood leaking from lower gastrointestinal tract can also cause stool to appear bright red or black.
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