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Green Bowel Movements

It can be a bit startling to glance into the toilet bowl and see an unusual color in your stool, such as black, white, or green. Green bowel movements are more common than you might think and can occur in anyone from an infant to a senior citizen.

The Digestive Process

Whenever you eat, food goes through a digestive process permitting us to take in needed vitamins and nutrients and dispose of things we don’t need. How much we retain in terms of fat, energy, etc. influences many health factors including: what we ate, the portion size, how much energy we expended that day, and how well our digestive system is functioning overall.

If your digestive system is functioning well, your bowel movements should be fairly regular and roughly equivalent in texture, odor, color, and volume. Any great deviation in the frequency of bowel movements, your ability to pass them, their appearance, or their volume directly affects your overall health. Therefore, learning how to analyze poop can actually help you prevent digestive problems in the future.

Food is converted into chyme, which mixes with stomach acids, bile, saliva, and good and bad bacteria before being eliminated. The bile is what affects the overall color of your bowel movement, typically resulting in a shade of brown. When something abnormal occurs somewhere in the digestive process, unusual effects (such as green bowel movements) may result.

Causes of Green Bowel Movements

Green bowel movements occur for several reasons and most of them relate to dietary issues. If food passes through the digestive system too quickly, or something you’ve eaten disagrees with you, the undigested chyme and organic matter may contribute to the discoloration. Common reasons for food not being digested properly include food poisoning, a stomach virus, or food allergies.

Also, if you’re taking supplements for various ailments or just for improving health, they can result in green bowel movements as well. Excess iron intake or consuming an algae or chlorophyll supplement could also have that effect. Eating excess amounts of green leafy vegetables (such as spinach) could also result in the quick release of these foods into waste matter.

Babies often show signs of what they have eaten in their bowel movements due to their immature digestive systems. Food that’s not as easy to absorb (such as corn or raisins) often turn up undigested in their diapers. Newly introduced foods (such as peas or carrots) might result in rainbow colored poop as well. As babies’ digestive systems mature, there should be fewer surprises.

Most times, you can look back at what you’ve eaten and realize why you produced green bowel movements. A child may have overdone it with green Kool-Aid®, Jell-O®, or Gatorade® and tinted their BM. A big dinner of green leafy vegetables might have upset your stomach and then a quick dash to the bathroom might reveal what you just ate. A person who recently began a new health or diet regimen of green vegetable drinks (such as through juicing) or just eating extra vegetables might also find green bowel movements occur while your body adjusts.

Preventing Discolored Stool

Keeping your bowels and digestive system in good working order is important for your health. Did you know the vast majority of your body’s defense systems are located in your digestive tract? Considering the portions of food the average American ingests on a daily basis, it’s not difficult to understand the occurrence of constipation or green bowel movements. Artificially colored foods filled with unnatural preservatives and nitrates can wreak havoc on your body and diminish your immune system’s vigor, so a little discolored waste now and then is not surprising.

A product such as Oxy-Powder® can help you produce regular bowel movements in a gentle way. Unlike chemical laxatives that act as stimulants, Oxy-Powder® won’t cause you to be dependent upon it to use the bathroom. Oxy-Powder® also helps your colon cleanse itself with its oxygenating action so accumulated toxin-heavy waste can be lifted and expunged.

It’s rare for green bowel movements to happen for serious reasons, but if you harbor any concerns regarding changes in your stool color or consistency, it’s best to consult a qualified physician. Your doctor may ask for a stool sample and will try to rule out any digestive problems to uncover the cause, but you can possibly prevent such discoloration on your own. Adopting positive lifestyle changes, such as eating healthful, natural foods, getting plenty of exercise and rest, and scheduling regular medical checkups can make a big difference.

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