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What Causes Green Stools?

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Posted on Fri, 7 Nov 2014
Question: What do green stools mean when having a bowel movement? I have had it two mornings in a row with no other symptoms. At first I thought it was from green pasta Sun. night along with a birthday cake that had thick green and dark blue frosting.
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Answered by Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda (23 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Avoid fat rich foods.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for asking.
I am Dr. Prakash HM and I will be answering your query.

Based on your query, my opinion is as follows:

1. Fat rich diet will increase release of bile pigments and if it moves rapidly, your stool will be green. It occurs during period of stress or infections.

2. Rarely diet rich in green leafy vegetables can cause green color stools, if malabsorption ensues or due to not chewing properly.

3. If you have any other symptoms like abdominal pain or diarrhea, other diseases like infections or inflammatory conditions can be thought of.

4. None of your medications can cause this color.

If it continues, I would advise you to:

1. Avoid fat rich food.
2. Chew food properly
3. Take probiotics - pharmaceutical or even yoghurt should be good.

If any abdominal pain or diarrhea starts, you will require a stool examination to identify the cause.

At present, nothing to worry. Continue with regular diet. You can avoid fatty food for a two to three days. It should help.

Hope it helps.
Any further queries, happy to help again.

Dr. Prakash HM
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What Causes Green Stools?

Brief Answer: Avoid fat rich foods. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for asking. I am Dr. Prakash HM and I will be answering your query. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: 1. Fat rich diet will increase release of bile pigments and if it moves rapidly, your stool will be green. It occurs during period of stress or infections. 2. Rarely diet rich in green leafy vegetables can cause green color stools, if malabsorption ensues or due to not chewing properly. 3. If you have any other symptoms like abdominal pain or diarrhea, other diseases like infections or inflammatory conditions can be thought of. 4. None of your medications can cause this color. If it continues, I would advise you to: 1. Avoid fat rich food. 2. Chew food properly 3. Take probiotics - pharmaceutical or even yoghurt should be good. If any abdominal pain or diarrhea starts, you will require a stool examination to identify the cause. At present, nothing to worry. Continue with regular diet. You can avoid fatty food for a two to three days. It should help. Hope it helps. Any further queries, happy to help again. Dr. Prakash HM