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Posted on Wed, 19 Jul 2017 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: My bile movements are greenish in color. I am 53 year old man. Is that a concern?
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Answered by Dr. Ramesh Kumar 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
No need to worry right now.

Detailed Answer:
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All shades of stool from brown and even green are considered normal. Only rarely does stool color indicate a potentially serious intestinal condition. 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, changing the pigments from green to brown.
Sometimes food may be moving through the large intestine too quickly. As a result, bile doesn't have time to break down completely causing green color to stools.Green leafy vegetables, green food coloring, such as in flavored drink mixes or ice pops, iron supplements etc can also cause green colored stools.

If this continues for more then a week or so then you should be concerned.
Otherwise i dont feel you need to worry!

Thanks.
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