Do you know how often you should be passing a number 2? Learn more about healthy toilet habits and how to regulate your digestion.
I talk a lot about bowel movements in clinic. Yes, it is a bit of a giggle topic, but once you get over the ick factor and understand how important healthy toilet habits you’ll be talking about it as well. Or at least pay more attention to your daily toilet time.
Many of you out there have changeable bowel habits. Sometimes a lot, sometimes a little, sometimes not at all.
So, how often should you poop:
Well, at least once a day, maybe 2 times. That is the ideal amount for healthy digestion and proper function gastrointestinal tract. Check out the Bristol Stool Chart to gauge where you sit – ideally, we want a Type 4 for your Number 2’s.
The official medical definition of constipation is:
“The passage of infrequent or hard stools with straining – bowel frequency < 3 times/wk”
That means if you pass less than 3 stools a week you are considered constipated. As a naturopath I would consider anyone who is missing every other day constipated as well. If this is you then you’ll be experiencing bloating, pain, feelings of heaviness, and perhaps some nausea. You’ll most likely also have sensitivities to certain foods, perhaps skin breakouts and rashes and generally feel kinda MEH.
Constipation can be caused by many different things:
If there is blood, mucous or a complete lack of a bowel movement please see a doctor – it could be a sign of something more serious that needs investigating.
The most important thing you can do is get your bowels moving naturally. Relying on laxatives long-term creates a lazy bowel, and can increase your dependence on them. Healthy food choices, drinking plenty of water and discovering and addressing the underlying issue will help. Make an appointment with a naturopath to help discover what can be done.
So, in answer to your question: How Often Should You Poop – every day. If not – do something about it!
(I’ll save the conversation about diarrhoea for another day!)