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Why Is Poo Brown And Not Green?

Postby Rui » Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:37 pm

Stool Color & Texture Changes Symptoms

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Terms related to Stool Color & Texture Changes:

Black Stools

Dark Stools


Feces Color Changes

Gray Stools

Green Stools


Maroon Stools


Red Stools

Tarry Stools

Yellow Stools

Changes in stool (feces) color are often harmless and reflect dietary influences. The normal brown color of stool occurs due to the presence of bilirubin. Bilirubin is formed as a breakdown product of hemoglobin (from red blood cells) in the liver and is secreted into the bile, which enters the intestines. If the intestinal contents travel at a normal speed, chemical changes in bilirubin produce stool that is light to dark brown. The stool may appear green if the intestinal contents pass through the bowel more rapidly.

Changes in the color of stool are common and are generally not significant if the changes are noted from one stool to the next and are not persistent. However, changes in the color of stool can also be caused by a number of minor to serious medical conditions and can occur with certain medications. Changes in stool color that are persistent and do not occur in only one stool may signal the presence of a medical condition and should be evaluated.

Certain persistent changes in stool color are characteristic for specific conditions:

black, foul-smelling stool: intestinal bleeding (typically from the stomach and upper small intestine) due to ulcers, tumors; ingestion of iron or bismuth

maroon stool: intestinal bleeding (from the middle intestine or proximal colon) due to ulcers, tumors, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

clay-colored stool: lack of bile due to blockage of the main bile duct

pale yellow, greasy, foul-smelling stool: malabsorption of fat due to pancreatic insufficiency, as seen with pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, cystic fibrosis, celiac disease
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Why Is Poo Brown And Not Green?

Postby morio » Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:40 pm

Fluids from your pancreas flow into your digestive system which is a brown colour and is normal with most people.
If you have been swallowing pills from drug stores then it would probably show in your stools.
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Why Is Poo Brown And Not Green?

Postby Codie » Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:43 pm

I think it's green if you have an iron deficiency, which is rare for me, but my fav.

Consistently though, it's just that the things we can't burn in us and have to poop

out happen to be brownish. Carbon and such.
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Why Is Poo Brown And Not Green?

Postby Jarah » Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:48 pm

food mixes....

BTW,, sometimes it is yellow or light yellow :S
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Why Is Poo Brown And Not Green?

Postby Rossiter » Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:50 pm

Believer it or not the color of poop depends on your diet. So technically you can make it green.
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