stools. Thursday , January 26th , 2017 - 14:25:20 PM
As we all know, the liver produces a green colored digestive juice known as the bile. The production of bile is necessary to ensure proper digestion of food. It is a known fact that stool formation takes place in the large intestine. When the bile enters the large intestine, it eventually turns yellowish brown and then mixes with the stool. This is the reason why stool appears brown in color. However, if the bile and the stool formed move quickly out of the large intestine, it is unlikely that the bile will become yellow. So, with the bile color remaining the same (green), the waste matter also appears greenish-yellow during bowel movement.
Stools are one of the most common indications that something is wrong with the health of an individual. This is especially true in case of children who often suffer from worms, diarrhea, food poisoning and allergies. This is because they tend to put anything and everything they come across like pens, pencils, toys, spoons, pebbles in their mouth. What goes into the mouth will land up in the stomach. Thus, infection causing microbes get a direct entry into the digestive system. From the digestive system they enter the bowels with the waste passed on by the body. Thus, the different stomach contents lead to diagnosis of a stomach ailment based on stool color meanings. Green stools in kids is a common observation made by mothers. Green feces in children are not always a cause of worry, but it is better to be sure than sorry later. Let us understand the various causes of green stools.
As we all know, the bile (digestive juices) mixes with the food once it reaches the small intestine. Bile, which is green in color, promotes breakdown of fats to boost digestion. Thus, the food attains green color when it enters the small intestine. Undigested green food is diverted to the large intestine, where it changes to light brown. This happens because of bacterial activity in the large intestine. However, if the undigested food has traveled at a faster pace through the large bowels, there will be hardly any interaction between the stool formed and the bacteria present in the large intestine. As a result, the stool color doesn't change to light brown and instead appears green.
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