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How Often Should You Have a Bowel Movement

  • How Often Should You Have a Bowel Movement

    This is a question I hear often.. How often should I be going to the bathroom?

    Some people go too often while some  go only once a week. So now you want to know how much is too much and how little is to little…
    Constipation:
    To prevent constipation in the first place, drink more water, exercise regularly (that helps to get things moving inside), and increase the fiber in your diet. A woman should be getting between 25 and 30 grams of fiber a day, so that should help you go more often. This question relates to my article about constipation relief (please refer back to it to get more information on how to relieve constipation properly)

    Diarrhea: 

    Diarrhea is described as bowel movements that are loose and water, this usually accompanied by cramping, fever and/or cold sweats. Many people will have diarrhea 2-3  a year. It typically lasts one – two days and can be treated with over-the-counter medicines or by just letting it take its natural course. Others have diarrhea often as part of irritable bowel syndrome or other chronic diseases of the large intestine.

    Diarrhea needs to be distinguished from other conditions. Although these conditions may accompany diarrhea, they often have different causes and different treatments than diarrhea.

    These other conditions are:
    • Incontinence of stool, which is the inability to control (delay) bowel movements until an appropriate time, for example, until one can get to the toilet
    • Rectal urgency, which is a sudden urge to have a bowel movement that is so strong that if a toilet is not immediately available there will be incontinence
    • Incomplete evacuation, which is a sensation that another bowel movement is necessary soon after a bowel movement, yet there is difficulty passing further stool the second time
    • Bowel movements immediately after eating a meal
    How it all works:
    As part of the digestion process, the food we eat travels through our small intestine. Funnily enough, that “small” intestines is not so small, actually the small intestine is 6m (20 ft), and the large intestine is 1.5 m (5 ft) in long. Told you it wasn’t small!

    But that length alone isn’t enough to absorb all the nutrients we need from our food. So on the inside of our muscular tube, is our small intestine, inside there are hundreds of thousands of finger-like projections called villi.

    All of this is to make sure everything that should be absorbed will be and the rest passes out as waste. 

     How does the Digestion Process really work:
    Hormones control the regulation of the entire digestive process — some even regulate your appetite. Yea, its not only pregnant women who use that excuse, even you eat and digest your foods by what mood your in and what your hormones want!
    The hormones produced in the mucosa cells of the stomach and small intestines work by stimulating these organs and their digestive juices.

    So now that we know that constipation and diarrhea is not normal, the question goes back to:

     HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?
    As stated earlier you should now be able to pin point if you have any of the two above, if you do not you are on a healthy track. Remember every persons digestive tract is different, what may seem normal to one may not to the other.One fact is that you should be going to the restroom at the minimum 2-3 times out of a 7 day week. If you are not you should check back with your doctor and try to see what it is that you are missing in your diet. Water and daily activity should also be part of your daily schedule for a healthy digestive tract!
    Remember you are what you eat! So eat healthy, live long and poop often, just not too often!