Why Green Stool is, Actually, a Good Thing

So, let’s just bite the bullet and say what is on your mind. Your poop has turned green. You were probably minding your own business only to look down and find a green surprise in your toilet. I’m sure your mind began panicking looking down at the olive package below. “Is there something wrong with my body that is causing this?” you said to yourself. Now, as you sit upon your commode and begin googling, I am here to tell you that, actually, having green stool is a good thing!

Green vegetables like kale, spinach and water lentils have a large amount of chlorophyll in them, which is the cause for their green color. Similar to when you and your friends were little and drank a bunch of blue Gatorade to see if your pee turned blue, when you eat a lot of green veggies the chlorophyll can turn your stool green too. The difference between chlorophyll and artificial blue dyes is that chlorophyll actually has many health benefits! Chlorophyll has been found to have wound-healing properties, reduce bodily odors, reduce acne, and improve red blood cell content! On top of all of those benefits, chlorophyll is also an antioxidant. Antioxidants do exactly what their name suggests. Anti-oxidizing. When they reduce oxidation within the body they are preventing the creation of free radicals. Antioxidants are also beneficial for heart health as they can reduce the build-up of plaque in blood vessels.

So, next time you get green stool, just remember that it is just chlorophyll working its magic ;)