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What Does It Mean When Your Bowel Movements Are Green
Rapid Transit: Bright green stool can be caused by many things but most of the time is due to the rapid movement of stool through the colon. The color of stool changes from green (bile) to yellow-brown as it passes through the colon. Any factor which leads to an increase passage of stools through the colon can prevent the change of coloring, hence the green stool. Ex: diarrhea after taking antibiotics. ...Read more
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
Stool Color: Stool color is generally influenced by what you eat as well as by the amount of bile (a yellow-green fluid that digests fats) in your stool. As bile pigments travel through your gastrointestinal tract, they are chemically altered by enzymes which changes the pigments from green to brown.Food may be moving through the large intestine too quickly(diarrhea).So bile doesn't have time to break down. ...Read more
A slight virus: Likely you have picked up a slight virus and that has changed the amount of bile output, transit time of your stool leading to the change in color of the stool. As long as no visible blood in stool, no need to worry. Keep diet a bit bland in next few days, drink lots of water and rest. ...Read more
Possible: If it is the same shade of green it is possible. However it is not good to eat such things i.e. cookies themselves, and also especially when there is artificially coloring since they can be toxic. If you keep seeing food products in your stool you should get checked to be sure your digestive tract is working properly. All the best to you! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tan-colored stools: The gallbladder concentrates bile from the liver & mixes it with food to digest fats in your diet. When the gallbladder is sick, you may feel right sided abdominal &/or back pain with meals, & have tenderness in the right upper abdomen. Liver disease or obstruction of the bile ducts may result in jaundice (yellow color), dark urine, tan-colored stools, pancreatitis. Time to get lab work & exam? ...Read more
How many bowel movements should a person have a day? I mean for optimum health. Does it depend on how much and what you eat?
At least three : Times per day. Yes, it helps a lot if you eat the right kind of food. ...Read more
Black stool: Black pigment in bowel movements can be due to iron preparations(in some vitamins), blood leaking from the upper gastrointestinal tract, peptobismol,rarely intake of some substance like licorice. If it persists your Physician can test a stool sample in the office to check for upper gi blood loss. ...Read more
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