Mari Holzer. stools. January 14th , 2018.
The main black stool cause is bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract, particularly in the esophagus and stomach of the digestive system. As the partially digested food particles pass through the bleeding sites, they carry blood along with them. By the time, the indigestible particles are expelled as feces, the blood is already oxidized, resulting in black or tarry stool.
Apart from following the doctor's recommendations, patients can also take up some self-care measures to manage the symptoms. Deep green colored and iron rich foods must be avoided and so do stuffs like colored cakes and candies. These foods tend to cause digestive disorders, which may further aggravate the problem. Also, the importance of drinking plenty of water throughout the day must not be ignored, especially when suffering from any kind of digestive disorder. So, drinking at least 8 - 9 glasses of water daily would not only help to hasten the recovery but would prevent such conditions as well.
In order to comprehend why the stool color in adults, sometimes changes to green, one needs to focus on how the digestive system functions. The liver is responsible for producing bile. Bile is a fluid that aids in fat absorption and fat-soluble vitamins. The bile once secreted, divulges into the small intestine or in the bladder. Bile plays a major role in deciding the color of the stool and the consistency as well. The stool being thick, slim or watery, and the color being white, brown or green, depends upon the way the bile fluid functions and gets secreted. In a normal healthy stool, the bile color changes from green, progressing to yellow and finally brown. Thus, it could be concluded that the cause of green poop in adults may be due to the fact that the feces has not passed through the intestine at a normal pace, hence leaving the color unchanged. This is a malfunction of the bowel movement and is termed decreased bowel transit. Another factor contributing to the causes of green stool is the presence of mucus in the intestine. This may cause its color and the consistency to change.
The ingredients in the stool softener do not act as laxative on the digestive system. They only make the stool soft, so as to pass it easily. However, these ingredients have the potential to cause stomach or intestine cramps. Drinking 6-8 glasses of water, while you are on stool softeners, helps to relieve stomach cramps.
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