ryanrjf asked in HealthMen's Health · 1 decade ago

What does it mean if when I go to the bathroom and my stool is green?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    If you have the occasional green stool—don't panic! Most likely it is normal, and there is a perfectly reasonable explanation. Think about the foods you ate, any vitamins or supplements you took—even if they're not green in color.

    There can be many reasons why stool appears to be green. The first and most obvious reason is eating green foods. Green, leafy vegetables contain chlorophyll which could be coloring the stool green. Foods with dark purple coloring like Kool-Aid, popsicles, and gelatin (Jell-O) can also result in rainbow-colored stools. Iron supplements or even foods that are rich in iron can also give stool a green tinge.

    Stool can also appear green for physical reasons, and not just from what you've been eating. We think of a healthy stool as being brown. Bile that is secreted in the first part of the small intestine is actually green. As stool is digested and passed through the large intestine it is turned into a darker brown color.

    If stool is still green by the time it is excreted, it could mean that it went through the large intestine too fast to be changed in color. This is often called "rapid transit" or "decreased colonic transit time" and diarrhea that is green in color could be the result.

    In breast-fed babies, green stool is a normal occurrence, especially right after delivery. In older children, the reason could be food-related as described above, or even from non-food items. Eating or sucking on colored non-food items such as crayons might also turn stools different colors.

    If green stool continues, or your bowel habits have changed in other ways, you may want to call your doctor. This is especially true if you are experiencing diarrhea which can be an indication of other problems or could lead to dehydration.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Bathroom Stool

  • 1 decade ago

    Blue food coloring or some medicaments can cause green stool, but then your stool would have a very unnatural green color, as if it was paint. If that's right: don't worry about it.

    If you're still afraid, see a doc.

  • 1 decade ago

    It genrally means your stomach is filled with Bile. It happens sometimes, it should clear up in a few days. Watch you diet, drink more water and you'll be fine.

    This isn't much to worry about

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  • 1 decade ago

    sometiems when you drink or eat certain foods or drinks with purple in them then that will happen. i know all about that bc i always drink grape juice and until started drinking grape juice my crap was always normal then it suddenly turned green. later i found out from a webstie that this is normal if u ingest a certain color dye ( purple) i dont think you should see a doctor about this. unless you dont drink/eat what i eat to make it green.

  • 1 decade ago

    You have been eating too many green beans and collard greens...

    You may need to consult a doctor

  • 1 decade ago

    If it only happened once then you probably ate something that was a funny color like Blue Moon ice cream. if it happened more than once ask your doctor

  • 6 years ago

    When children drink to much cool aid that can happen.

  • 1 decade ago

    If you can't associate it with any radical and sudden diet changes, I'd say stomach virus.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    see a doctor soon ok

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