Stool color is a great way to judge a person’s inner health. A dark green stool may seem alarming, but in most cases is nothing to worry about. A healthy stool is usually a yellowish brown color. This can change depending on what a person is ingesting. The stool itself is made up of 75% water and 25% is the actual food and bacteria our body processes. The 25% portion is where the different colored stools come in to play.
A person who has an occasional green stool that has a normal structure does not typically have anything to worry about. If the green stool is frequent or the stool is very loose a person may want to talk with their doctor. Diarrhea and fever may indicate there is something more serious that needs medical attention.
Eating a lot of green leafy vegetables like spinach can cause a person to have green stool. Typically, it is just one or two bowel movements that are affected, but depending on how much and how fast the body digests the food it could be several bowel movements. The coloring may also be a side effect from foods rich in food dyes as well.
Digestive problems may cause green stool. If a body is not properly digesting the food correctly, the food particles will not be absorbed into the intestines, leaving colored stools. Bile salts that are not properly processed through the intestines can also cause dark green stools.
Some antibiotics may cause the stool to change color. The bacterial levels are changed due to the introduction of a medicine and the stool color will most likely be affected. These stool color changes should only be temporary and subside when the medicine is stopped.
Other illnesses like celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis can cause green stool. These illnesses will need to be treated by a doctor. A person may also pass green stool if their body is starving, or just not getting the nutrients it needs.
For most green stool cases, the stool will pass on its own, and is not a cause for alarm. Some products can be used that will help clean the intestinal tract and clear up the green stool issue.