Silva Vinh. stools. January 13th , 2018.
Stool softeners help retain water and add water to the fecal matter, making it soft before it is passed out. Instead of opting for the commercially-available laxatives that may contain chemicals, you can try the following home remedies.
Stool softeners as the name suggests, are substances that increase the water-holding capacity of stools and increase the bulk of stool, which in turn stimulates bowel contractions and helps passage of stool out of the body. They are used to relieve problems of constipation and irregular bowel movements. Constipation is a condition in which the person's stool is hard, dry and difficult to evacuate from the body, resulting in irregular bowel movements. Moreover, passing hard stool becomes painful and uncomfortable. People suffering from constipation have their food staying longer in the digestive tract. This results in production of toxins, which make their way into the bloodstream of the body. These toxins can trigger diseases like cataract, arthritis, colon cancer, appendicitis, etc. To prevent all these problems one should use stool softeners.
Before initiating the treatment, the underlying cause of green stool in children or in adults is confirmed with a lab diagnosis. It is done through an examination of a stool sample. The tests which are usually employed include X-ray, blood tests, a procedure known as stool culture, and colonoscopy procedure. The type of treatment for a particular patient is driven by the nature of the symptoms, the causal factor(s) and test results. Affected patients may be recommended changes in their diet, apart from administrating medications for maintaining digestive health.
Light-green colored stool may be because of excess amount of bile juice in the feces. This is not an unusual condition, until the frequency increases. In case of dark green stool, it is observed mostly in babies and toddlers. Other probable causes are too many greens in diet, less absorption of nutrients by the digestive tract, presence of bacteria, and medicine effect.
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