Why on Earth would we write an article about how often you should poop during the day? It seems a little odd, doesn't it?
Everybody knows they poop, but most don't realize just how often they should be doing it. And this is causing some significant health issues later in life.
We see it more and more that people are absolutely blown away when they go through a colon detox to see how things should be working. Habitually, they got so used to not using the bathroom regularly and they just didn't think about it anymore.
That's why it's so important to talk about how often you should poop during the day.
How Often Should You Poop During The Day?
For most people reading this article, the answer is more than you are right now. So, let's take a look at that.
Most doctors say you should poop about one to three times per day, indicating that is normal.
But is this ‘normal’ considered healthy? Biologically, we should poop between 18 and 24 hours after we eat something. So, if you are eating three times a day, you should poop three times a day.
Because of school, work, driving, and a lot of other stresses in our lives, most people have trained their bodies to poop once per day. And while this is not ideal, it's not bad. We just have to make sure you aren't skipping a day and you're cleaning things out.
One of the things that frustrate us is doctors and other "expert authorities" telling people it's okay if you poop less than once a day, that as long as you're going once a week, it's okay. They highlighted the schedule more than the frequency.
Nope, you have to clear things out regularly and that's more often than once a week.
What's Not Normal?
Of course, how you go is just as important.
A normal bowel movement has no pain, no strain, and comes out about the size, shape, and consistency of a peeled, ripe banana.
If it is more loose, watery, or much harder, something's not right. Your body is trying to overcompensate for something and it's your job to figure out what that is.
This something could be as simple as an illness or, for women, your menstruation cycle. Or it could signal a more severe problem with your diet or even a problem with your digestive system.
Most of the time, it's your diet. And chances are you're not getting enough fiber, fruits, and vegetables.
And if that's the case, you're probably like 75% of the population: dehydrated. Constipation is often linked to not drinking enough water.
Five Tips To Be More Regular
1. More Whole Fruits and Vegetables
Natural fibers help bind the waste material, so you have a pain-free bowel movement. It also keeps things moving along, so you avoid constipation. And fruits and vegetables have the vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy. But, you can also choose a good supplement to get more fiber.
2. More Water
Most people just don't drink enough, so consuming more water will help flush things out. Your colon works to extract excess water and compact things, but if you're dehydrated, it can over-compact things. If you're having problems with constipation, drinking more water can help.
3. More Exercise
As you get your muscles moving, you help things flow down there, as well. Sitting too often causes your muscles to bind in your hips and abdomen, making digestion more difficult. You'll experience more bloating, constipation, and pain the more you sit around. The antidote: get up and walk around a bit. And if you can, get some good exercise in to keep things moving.
4. Natural Herbs and Supplements For Digestive Health
Before you go running to the chemical laxatives or binders, there are alternatives. These chemical laxatives and binders will force you to do something your body doesn't want to. Herbal remedies work a little bit differently and help your body naturally take care of things. And a good supplement that supports gut health is invaluable.
We can't understate the importance of probiotics. They help us digest food, produced vitamins, fight off viruses and bacteria, and, yes, make the whole thing flow a bit better. Healthy gut flora helps flush things out that you don't want. Be sure to feed your probiotics right with fruits and vegetables.