“How many times a day should I poop?”
Relax, no one is looking over your shoulder. You shouldn’t be embarrassed about asking that question OR receiving the answer. Going to the bathroom is something EVERYONE does on a daily basis… or at least that’s the hope.
The answer to the question? Well if you’re regular, you should be pooping 1-3 times a day. But there’s more to it then that.
How often you go to the bathroom as well as the color, size, and a few other characteristics of…you know… can dictate how well your system is working.
Consider these stone-cold facts and statements. They may help you self-diagnose your bathroom needs.
1. If you eat 1 to 3 meals a day, you should go to the bathroom 1 to 3 per day. Going for several days or a week or more without a bowel movement is not normal. It’s actually very unhealthy for your entire body.
2. Relieving yourself should start and end naturally, without any straining or pushing.
3. Your time in the bathroom should be quick, taking no more than 5-10 minutes… unless your connected to Wi-Fi.
Unless by choice, if you need a distraction while your pooping to help pass the time, your body is sending you MAJOR signs that your digestion needs some quality TLC.
4. In a normal movement, poop should have a diameter which is about half the width of your wrists. It should not be so large that it is hard to pass or causes pain or bleeding. Bleeding is never a good thing when going to the bathroom.
It should not be long and stringy, or pencil-thin. If your waste is very thin this may indicate an impacted colon with colon walls that are reduced in diameter.
5. In a normal bathroom encounter, the poop should be about the same consistency (density or “thickness”) as regular toothpaste squeezed from a tube. It should not be soft and watery. It should not be hard and compacted nor cause the toilet to become plugged up.
6. The poop should be a medium brown color, about the color of peanut butter — although it may be slightly colored from certain kinds of foods you recently ate, such as grapes or beets or very dark green vegetables.
It should not be yellow or maroon (like burgundy wine) or gray and should not contain dark material from old feces (or black material which may indicate bleeding in the upper GI tract or stomach).
7. An ideal bathroom experience should not be excessively smelly. Although a fresh boutique of roses is probably a bit much to ask for, it should not have an overly foul smell.
**A word about farts. Smelly farts and feces often indicate that old, decaying fecal matter is stuck to the walls of your intestines.
8. The stool should float in the toilet water if everything in it is the waste material from food that has been properly digested. Poop that has become too compacted, hard and dense due to constipation will usually sink. (Note that unhealthy stool that contains too much unabsorbed fat may also float.)
9. Your poop should not contain a lot of mucus, blood or foreign matter.
10. There should not be any small or large worms or other parasites visible inside or near to the stool.
So there you have it.
How many times a day should you poop? 1-3 times each day. Anything more and anything less should be closely looked at.
In addition to the quantity, we also shared some quality tips and insights on the health of your bowel movements and when to recognize when something may need to be addressed.
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