Many people get alarmed when they seen green bowel movements, especially if they happen for no apparent reason. Luckily, the chances are there are no problems and the green bowel movement is perfectly harmless. On the other hand, there could be an indication that there is a much more serious problem underlying the green feces. But the big question remains: how do you know what is harmful and what is harmless?
You should first examine your most recent changes to see if you have undergone any of these recently. If you have, there is a chance that whatever was changed is causing the green feces and there is no cause for alarm. Some of these changes are:
- Increased water intake: There is a common correlation, especially in children, between the amount of water that is ingested, especially when combined with a sudden reduction of solid food intake, and green stools. Typically, it occurs in children who are getting over an illness. The increased electrolytes to keep them hydrated makes their poop turn green and is no cause for alarm.
- Postnasal drip: Believe it or not, swallowing postnasal drip, on rare occasions can cause green stools. If you have been sick recently, postnasal drip can cause green stools.
If any of these have recently happened, do not fear! The stools will return to a normal color when the cause subsides. However, there may be other things that are wrong that have been proven to cause green stools, and require that action be taken:
- Salmonella: This is one of the more benign effects of Salmonella poisoning. There are many other symptoms that will trigger your alert to Salmonella, so unless you exhibit those other symptoms, this most likely is not the cause.
- Giardia: Once again, this is a more tame symptom of Giardia, and unless you have the other symptoms, you most likely do not have Giardia
- Acute Intestinal Disorder: This is probably the most common reason for the greenish stools, and luckily the easiest to treat. It is sometimes (but not always) accompanied by constipation or diarrhea, and can happen for a variety of reasons.
If you do find that you are most likely seeing what could be the result of a slight intestinal disorder, the cure is very simple and easy. A good intestinal cleanse, or colon cleanse, is one of the easiest ways to rid your body of the toxins and feces that are most likely causing this disorder. According to recent research, a typical healthy adult colon contains between five and twenty five pounds of toxic fecal matter inside of the colon, which is a prime target for cultivating an intestinal disorder.