Let’s just say that you get up one night to make that trip to the “head” and then as you get up off your royal throne only to see black crude inside of your toilet. The first thing that may come to your mind is panic mode. So what do you need to know when it comes to black bowel movements and in some cases green bowel movement?
First things first don’t panic. Just because you see black or green stool underneath you doesn’t mean that you necessarily have a problem. If anything, it is almost common that sometime in our lives we will have stools in a color that we are not used to. That does not mean that we have serious health problems.
So what can cause black or green bowel movements? Well, there are many things that can cause it however, most of the culprit belongs on the foods we eat. Depending on the type of foods you eat and even the color can dictate what kind of poop you push out, pardon my French.
Foods such as leafy green vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, or peas can result in green bowel movements. Do you like ice creams and artificial dye candies such as green apple jolly ranchers? That to can result in having green bowel movements in your stool.
Usually black bowel movements are due to too much iron that you may have in your system. It’s just your body’s way of getting it out of you. The difference from green stool is that black stool doesn’t really have anything to do with what you’ve eaten so much.
If you are consistently having green and black stool in your toilet then you may want to see a physician. Usually this can mean a problem that you may have with your digestive system or toxins that may harm your body. Whatever the case its always good to be safe and get checked out regardless.