How Many Times a Day Should You Poop?
How often should you poop? Such a seemingly simple question that most of us are embarrassed to talk about, but not Dr Oz! There are few things worse than constipation, especially when you keep on feeling like it’s time to go now and keep going to the bathroom only to realize it’s not time yet. This can be highly embarrassing, not to mention painful.
How Often Should I Poop?
So how do we know when it’s taking far too long? Dr Oz had the answers. He answered a question from Andrea, who asked how long it takes for a meal to digest and when you should be concerned if you’re having difficulty having bowel movements. Just how often should you poop?
Dr Oz Poop
Dr. Oz said it takes about 20 hours for a healthy person to process what they eat. This can change, depending on diet, fiber and hydration levels. It can take up to 100 hours to digest your food, which is really bad for you because food is essentially rotting in your system during this time. To find out how long it takes for you, you should eat something brightly colored, like beets, to track the length of time.
How Often Should You Poop vs Pooping Too Much?
Fiber is extremely important in helping relieve constipation, not to mention keeping your bowels healthy. It can help to strengthen the lining of the bowels, which helps you move the waste along. This, in combination with plenty of water, is normally enough to relieve constipation.
How to Poop More
So stock up on that fiber, because if you’re feeling constipated, few things will work better for you. A laxative can work wonders for the occasional constipation, but for long-lasting relief and to ensure a healthy system, it’s important to keep up on your fiber and your water. You need about 25 grams a day, and the average American woman only gets 10-12 a day.
How Many Times Should You Poop a Day?
If you’re having difficulty pooping, but there is no stomach pain, you shouldn’t worry. Just drink lots of water, eat probiotics like yogurt and kefir and eat lots of fiber-rich foods like broccoli, apples, whole grains, beans and almonds. But if you’re having stomach pain or if you’re pooping less than three times a week, you should see a doctor. So for example, I would also see a doctor if you haven’t pooped in 5 days.
Why Do I Poop So Much? And What is Too Much?
On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re pooping three times a day (or even four times a day), you should see a doctor. This means the food is traveling through you way too fast.
You should also be aware that there are other things which can constipate you, including the overuse of laxatives or too much calcium in your diet.
So how many times a day do YOU poop? Leave a comment below to share your experiences and any advice you have on how to poop more time a day (or less times a day!).