Are you regular?
Most people who talk about the digestive system, talk about putting good fuels in, however I want to start at the other end of the digestive system, The Colon. Bowel movements are a necessity of life. They allow you to empty waste from your diet via your intestines. The frequency of your bowel movements is highly important.
If gas and feces build up in the colon, the large intestine will eventually rupture also
known as Gastrointestinal perforation, just like anything that is put under long term pressure. When a rupture occurs it can be life threatening, the bacteria that live in the intestines are released into the abdominal cavity and this can cause a serious infection and even lead to death.
A person with healthy digestion will havve a movement anywhere between every other day to three times a day. Any less than this suggest possible constipation and you maybe, ‘needing to get some water to move the “boat.”’
How many times a day should you poop?
As a rule, emptying your bowel should happen approximately three times a day to three times a week is average. Most people will have a bowel movement pattern: They’ll eliminate about the same number of times a day and at a similar time of day.
A study of more the 2,000 people, reported the following bowel patterns:
Almost 50 percent of people had a bowel movement once a day. Another 28 percent report going twice a day. Only 5.6 percent reported going only once or twice weekly.
Most respondents (61.3 percent) reported their average bowel movement was in the morning. Another 22 percent reported going in the afternoon while only 2.6 percent had a bowel movement very late at night.
Nearly 31 percent of respondents reported their bowel movement consistency was similar to that of a sausage or snake, of a smooth and soft consistency.
Study by Healthline
What can affect how frequently you had a bowel movement ?
Several factors can influence how much and how often you releave yourself. These can include:
Both soluble and insoluble fiber in the forms of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits can add bulk to your stool, promoting bowel movements. If you don’t have a significant amount of these foods in your diet or you're not supporting your digestive system, you may not have a bowel movement regularly.
Fluids also make stool softer and easier to pass. This is why many doctors recommend increasing fluid intake if you’re often constipated. The Body may be dehydrated and there is not enough fluid in the digestive system to soften the stools. The food you eat makes its way from your stomach to the large intestine, or colon. If you don't have enough water in your body already, the large intestine soaks up water from your food waste. This makes you have hard stools that are difficult to pass and can easily become clogged / backed up.
The older you get, the more likely you are to be constipated. This is due to a number of factors, including reduced movements within the stomach (as a drop in appetite happens) that encourages digestion, reduced mobility, and taking more medications that may damage the liver or slow bowel health.
Peristalsis is the internal intestinal movement that propels digested food material forward to be eliminated. You can help this movement along through physical activity, such as walking or engaging in other forms of exercise.
Some chronic illnesses, such as Chron’s disease, ulcerative, inflammatory bowel disease and Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause increased episodes of bowel movements, followed by periods of constipation. Acute illness, such as viral gastroenteritis or anything that needs pain medication can slow down the activity in the bowel or bowel movement patterns.
What does the consistency of your stool mean?
When it comes to normal bowel movements, consistency of your stools can be a factor in frequency. Stools should be soft and relatively easy to pass. The most common stool should resemble a snake or sausage because it mirrors the inside of the intestines. Stool should be brown due to the breakdown of red blood cells in the body that are mixed with the eliminated food waste. Stools that are hard can be very difficult to pass, this may lead hemorrhoids and cause stool to back up in your intestines.
Loose or watery stools indicate you have some digestive irritation and the stool is passing through your intestines too fast. This may become a problem not only because you need to go more frequently, but also because your body is not getting a chance to absorb nutrients from what you are taking in.
If you have major changes in your moments you need to consult your doctor, If you would like to get your Bowels working in a healthy way contact me and we will work together to improve your bowel health.
Michelle @ 5 Petal Wellness.