Dark Green Stool
Several possibilities suggest why you might produce a dark green stool. When you examine the things you eat and your overall health, much of your health is indicated by the frequency and appearance of your bowel movements. Dark green stool could be harmless but it could also indicate a symptom of a digestive disorder so it’s important to investigate the cause of any unusually colored stool.
While many people don’t like to talk openly about their bowel movements, maintaining the digestive system and the process of elimination is critical for your inclusive well-being. Talking to your doctor about any potential digestive concerns is always a good idea. Very often, changes in the stool can indicate a problem somewhere in your body.
Reasons for Discolored Stool
Babies often demonstrate a rainbow of color in the content of their diapers, including the occasional dark green stool if they eat peas for example. Bowel movements can take on a multitude of colors and textures because of their immature digestive systems. In an older child or an adult, changes in your bowel movements (i.e. frequency, texture or color) could stem from something you’ve eaten or drank, or could indicate a medical reason at work. It’s important to pay attention to the frequency, the ease of and the appearance of our bowel movements.
Sometimes food doesn’t get a chance to change to brown through its natural digestive process and this can result in light or dark green stool. The human body turns food into a substance called chyme and this substance eventually changes waste to a brown color. If you’re experiencing digestive problems, it could be due to a medical concern. You should always investigate any changes in the frequency or appearance of your bowel movements for this possibility.
If you can attribute dark green stool to something you ate, that’s a good thing. If it occurs repeatedly, however, further investigation may be merited. You should always report any unusual bowel problems to your physician. Bowel changes result from something serious happing inside your body and your digestive system’s health is critical to maintaining overall biological function.
Poor eating habits and thus a lack of vitamins can wreak havoc on your body and this is usually apparent by a change of bowel habits (such as suddenly having dark green stool). Those who eat unhealthy foods or don’t eat enough of the right foods can experience constipation. Someone eating too much of a particular food can inadvertently discolor their bowel movement as well. Even an otherwise beneficial nutrient can be hard on your stomach and bowels if consumed in excess.
The Bristol Stool Scale
Physicians at Bristol University designed the Bristol Stool Scale whereby the color, appearance, and texture of human waste can be cataloged and evaluated. Looking at your stool could indicate where the tone of your digestive system lies on that scale. Therefore, we know a black, white, or dark green stool can indicate something wrong with our health. Texture, odor, and buoyancy are all factors applying to waste and can indicate if you’re producing healthy stool or not.
Treating Dark Green Stool
Your doctor may request a stool sample if you cannot determine the cause for your dark green stool alone. Your doctor will probably wish to investigate further if any of the following apply in your situation: you’ve eaten something containing an abundance of food coloring, you’ve taken a supplement that might have affected your stool color, or you’re having repeat occurrences of the unusual coloring.
If you are having a problem with nutrient absorption, or with any digestive disorder (such as IBS) resulting in diarrhea soon after eating, the stool will often be eliminated without being fully digested. You should start improving your eating habits as the first option. It’s also very important to stay well hydrated. Drinking a minimum of sixty-four ounces of water every day in many respects.
A valuable tool for aiding the digestive system is the organic health supplement Oxy-Powder®. Oxy-Powder® can help your body restore its normal pH balance, oxygenate the blood, clean the colon, and encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria in your stomach. Our digestive systems contain the body’s primary immune defenses, so being kind to our tummies will result in them helping us as well.
Dark green stool or any other waste discoloration should always be investigated. While dark green stool is one of the colors typically stemming for less serious reasons, it may still indicate your digestion is not working at optimum levels. If your eating habits are poor, you will suffer from diminished digestive efficiency and you may not be getting enough nutrients from your food.
Other colorings can indicate trouble as well. Excess mounts of iron or other minerals can change the color of waste. Dark colorings may indicate blood in the stool. Gray could indicate problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or liver. Yellow could indicate problems with your liver also. Orange could be derived from excess beta-carotene ingestion. Another possibility is that you’re getting too much of a good thing if your stool color changes from overtaking vitamins or health supplements. Ideally, you want your bowel movements to fall within the healthy range of the Bristol Stool Scale most of the time. Easy to pass stools that are a shade of brown and relatively smooth demonstrate your body is enjoying healthy digestive function, and you will enjoy the benefits thereof as well!