Green stool colour in adults


Is green stool colour hazardous to health?

Many of us are wondering if the green stool in adults is normal, should we be worried about that, should we immediately go to the doctor when we notice it. The short answer: In most cases it is not dangerous, but if it is frequent definitely go to a doctor to have a thorough diagnosis and eliminate the possibility of a more serious disease.

Bowel physical function is extremely important for overall health. The appearance, quantity, frequency and colour of stool is an indicator of the state of our gastrointestinal system, and each new change may indicate a potential health problem. In this article find out when and how green stool in infants, children and adults occurs and what can be done about it.

Why the colour of stool changes?

During digestion, food is mixed with bile from the liver and digestive enzymes from the pancreas, which is a condition for the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, the formation of the slurry and finally - dung. This mass passes through the small intestine, from which it absorbs into the bloodstream nutrients and liquid remains due to the large intestine. Here the water is absorbed and finally stool is formed (feces), which contains bacteria, digested food, pulp of undigested parts of plant food and bile. Green stool usually quickly passes through the intestine and then the bile does not have enough time to break down and colour it.

Normal stool colours range from light brown, via a dark-brown to green-mentioned stools. The type of food consumed usually determines the colour of feces, which may indicate a disturbance in the function of the gastrointestinal system, as well as a disease that has been diagnosed.

A reliable diagnosis cannot be established solely on the basis of the colour change of stool. It is necessary to establish a number of other factors, such as dietary habits of the person, medical history, whether any medication therapy is present in the near future and the like. Also, it is often necessary to do laboratory analysis of samples for the presence of bacteria, parasites, blood or fat.
When is the green stool most common

Admit it or not, in our society today there are taboo subjects that people are reluctant to speak publicly at least and remain silent. One of them is definitely the colour of the stool, which is our subject today, and almost the same goes for the appearance of our urine.

Sometimes even long time partners do not talk about such things, because they apparently feel uncomfortable. Portals for pregnant women and babies, young mothers are often anxious and wonder why the babies stool is green and the like. This being the case, do not to wander a lot, we decided to include in this article all about the colour, appearance and size of stools (faeces).

As we mentioned at the beginning the green stool in adults occurs when feces quickly pass through the intestine, then there is not enough time to fully be broken down by the bile to take on a brown colour. Otherwise, the bile is a greenish-brown liquid that is produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Its primary role is to facilitate the breakdown of fats in food.

For the breakdown of stole in the intestine and change its colour to brown takes some time, and if the transition is short, green stool remains. This is why diarrhoea usually has a greenish colour. But green stools can be normal if a diet rich in green vegetables, especially spinach and Swiss chard. Iron as a supplement can also be the cause of it, although due to its frequent use the feces is often black.

Dark green stool in adults because of E. coli

Adults can have a green stool due to infection with E. coli or salmonella poisoning. This is not common, but both bacteria cause frequent diarrhoea. Salmonella is especially prevalent with the advent of warmer weather, if you eat meat insufficiently baked, dairy products are perishable, they are the main causes of food poisoning. Children are prone to this infection, so watch out for it in the coming summer.

What to do if the stool has slime in it? The presence of mucus (secretions) is normal, it sometimes covers certain segments of faeces. Slimy green stool is usually transient and is connected to diarrhoea. However, secretion may be the inflammatory diseases of the colon, or colon cancer.

Traces of mucus in the stool, which are accompanied with blood and / or abdominal pain should not be ignored, because it is a situation that requires a medical check. Finally, mucus in the stool often occurs in people suffering from nervous bowel syndrome.

When do you need to contact your doctor?

In addition to red, chestnut and black stools, which can signal serious bleeding and, consequently, require immediate treatment, discoloration of stool in most cases is considered a normal occurrence. The significance of these changes is determined on the basis of associated symptoms.

What can we do?
  • It is necessary to drink large amounts of water and liquid during the day, to minimize the constipation.
  • Recreation and physical activity are desirable because in this way you eject harmful toxic substances from the body.
  • Be sure to drink lemon juice, which is an excellent detoxifier.

Dark green stool in pregnancy is quite common, especially if you are taking the necessary iron supplements, it's the usual thing, and its colour varies from green to black. The stool can be black because of other prenatal supplements. Due to the increase of uterus and increasing pressure within the pelvic cavity, it may be associated with constipation and haemorrhoids, which often bleeds and leave traces of blood in the stool. Be sure to inform your gynaecologist about the mentioned problems.

When the adults come in question, it is important to know that each person is different, and that changes in the dynamics of bowel movements, colour, size or consistency of stool may be normal for one person, or are a sign of potential danger for another.

What foods can affect the appearance of the stool?

How often do you eat lettuce, Swiss chard, spinach, broccoli and other greens? If some of the vegetables you eat every day is not uncommon to have dark green stool. Those who prefer more greens, and often do not eat a lot of meat, affects the appearance of feces. On the other hand beets can colour your stool slightly pink to red, which we sometimes are troubled about, because it is reminiscent of bleeding haemorrhoids.

Many amendments and supplements also colour the stool and we should not forget the seaweed that due to the high presence of amino acids, precious minerals and many vitamins also makes greenish stool. Multivitamins with a greater amount of iron also contribute to changing the colour of the stool.

A diet rich in nutrients, can cause digestive problems in some people, because it leads to constipation (prison), but know how cause diarrhoea and, when the green stool often occurs. The bad fat burning is also contributing to this phenomenon. People who are intolerant to lactose, often have diarrhoea and their stool is green.

Green stool in babies 

The appearance of "baby poop" can be affected by a lot of things. Babies that are fed exclusively by breastfeeding tend to have a stool with a golden colour, but sometimes their pick green stool is accompanied by a little mucus. Parents see this phenomenon in many interpretations, but you should not worry it is temporary.

Green stool in babies is associated with the nose which is blocked (especially during winter), so there is a greater amount of secretion from it. As the flue passes the colour of the stool is slowly starting to return to the old. You will notice a few mixed colours, until again it returns to yellow.

It happens that parents feel that their baby is not eating enough if the green stool occurs. You do not have to worry if the baby is happy and in good condition. If you fed your baby with adapted milk greenish stool is not a problem if there is no constipation.

If the green stool in older children is frequent and in liquid form, it may indicate a less severe intestinal infection. If you your child goes more than five times during the day to the bathroom, it is not excluded that this is a serious infection. Of course in both cases go to the paediatrician for a complete examination.


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