8 Things Your Pooping Habits Say About You
11 months ago, 19 Jan 02:57
Let's talk about poop—seriously. It's something we've talked about before, so chances are, you already know when your movements look or smell weird (if you need a refresher, here are 7 things your poop says about you). But what about the way you go No. 2—how long it takes, how often you go, how you sit on the toilet...you get the idea. We consulted a few trusty gastroenterologists to get the facts straight. Here's what they had to say about your pooping habits. (Reverse chronic inflammation and heal yourself from the inside out with the natural solution in The Whole Body Cure!) "On average, people go once or twice a day," says Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD, director of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at New York-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine. "But many people go way more." And not pooping for a day, two, or even three can also be fine. In short, if you feel OK—no upset stomach, no trouble making it to the bathroom on time—then you probably don't need to worry. "The rule with pooping is there's no such thing as normal—just normal from one person's perspective," says Schnoll-Sussman. So what if you're a once-a-day pooper who's suddenly going three or four times a day? Schnoll-Sussman says that it could be as simple as your diet (eat some sketchy meat recently?) or as complex as an infectious diarrheal disease. It could even be a good change; maybe you've started eating more fiber, for example. The important thing is to go to your doctor if your new pooping schedule gives you a constant upset stomach or your frequent bathroom trips start to make social situations, umm, awkward. If you can set your watch to your bowel movements, it means that you have a healthy digestive system. But don't worry if you aren't quite so regular. You can poop at any point in the day, but experts have noticed that it's common to visit the porcelain throne first thing in the morning. "Most people eat the heaviest meal in the evening," Schnoll-Sussman says. "So when you wake up, there's been hours and hours for food to digest and position itself in your bowel." She also explains that when you're lying flat, your bowels close off so you won't feel enough pressure to wake up to poop. But when you stand up, your bowels open and everything shifts downward. The second-most common time to poop has nothing to do with biology and everything to do with human nature: Lots of people head to the bathroom when they get home from work. "It's simply because there's time to relax and have a bowel movement," says Lisa Ganjhu, DO, FACG, AGAF, a clinical associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. MORE: 6 Best Natural OTC Remedies For Constipation—And You Can Buy Them Online If dinner seems like it goes right through you, it's not because you have a super-efficient digestive system. Instead, Ganjhu says, it's more like your digestive tract never grew up. "Pooping right after you eat is a reflex babies have," she ...
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