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How often should you be pooping?

We need to talk about poop! It’s not an especially exciting subject, but it’s very important for our health. Have you ever thought about how often you should do the doo? Let’s jump right in.

First things first, there is no one answer that works for everyone when it comes to how often you should poop. It’s different for everyone. There are people who go every day, and some every other day. It’s usually fine to do it anywhere from three times a day to three times a week.

What should you do if you don’t go enough or too often?

If you find yourself going to the bathroom a lot, it might mean you have diarrhea. There are many things that can cause this, such as diseases, food intolerances, or some medicines. It’s important to see a doctor if your diarrhea lasts longer than a few days or comes with other symptoms like fever, abdominal pain or blood in your stool.

On the other hand, if you have trouble going to the bathroom regularly, you may have constipation. Constipation can make you feel bad and bloated, and it’s usually caused by not eating enough fiber, not drinking enough water, or taking certain medicines. Fruits, veggies, and whole grains are good sources of fiber that can help get things going. Also, make sure to drink lots of water. Gentle exercise, like yoga or walking, can also help get your bowels moving.

If your constipation doesn’t go away after making these changes, you should see your doctor. They can help rule out any underlying health problems and suggest the best way to treat the problem, which could include over-the-counter laxatives or prescription drugs.

What can I do if these solutions don’t work?

Changes in how often or how solid your poop is can sometimes be a sign of a more serious health problem, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or even colon cancer. That’s why you should not ignore changes in your bowel habits that don’t go away and should see a doctor if you are worried.

There you have it—easy poop talk! Keep in mind that everyone has different bathroom habits. We expanded this conversation in other past posts. To keep your digestive system happy and healthy, pay attention to what’s normal for you and get help if something doesn’t seem right.