Gunda Misty. stools. February 27th , 2017.
Food contaminated with bacteria especially E. coli or any other type of food poisoning can take you to green stool color. Try to avoid stale or contaminated food. If you observe green color stool for more than three days with fever and abdominal cramps, then consult a doctor immediately.
Taking certain medications during pregnancy can also cause green bowel movement. For instance, pregnant women reeling under a sinus infection often use antibiotics to get relief. Defecation of green feces has been attributed to intake of these antibiotics. Green bowel movement after taking antibiotics is not uncommon and usually stops after the medication is halted. Reducing the dosage after consulting a doctor might also help to restore normal stool color.
In order to comprehend why the stool color in adults, sometimes changes to green, one needs to focus on how the digestive system functions. The liver is responsible for producing bile. Bile is a fluid that aids in fat absorption and fat-soluble vitamins. The bile once secreted, divulges into the small intestine or in the bladder. Bile plays a major role in deciding the color of the stool and the consistency as well. The stool being thick, slim or watery, and the color being white, brown or green, depends upon the way the bile fluid functions and gets secreted. In a normal healthy stool, the bile color changes from green, progressing to yellow and finally brown. Thus, it could be concluded that the cause of green poop in adults may be due to the fact that the feces has not passed through the intestine at a normal pace, hence leaving the color unchanged. This is a malfunction of the bowel movement and is termed decreased bowel transit. Another factor contributing to the causes of green stool is the presence of mucus in the intestine. This may cause its color and the consistency to change.
Apart from following the doctor's recommendations, patients can also take up some self-care measures to manage the symptoms. Deep green colored and iron rich foods must be avoided and so do stuffs like colored cakes and candies. These foods tend to cause digestive disorders, which may further aggravate the problem. Also, the importance of drinking plenty of water throughout the day must not be ignored, especially when suffering from any kind of digestive disorder. So, drinking at least 8 - 9 glasses of water daily would not only help to hasten the recovery but would prevent such conditions as well.
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