What’s a Normal Bowel Movement?One of the most common question doctors are asked is, ‘are my stools OK?’ And ‘how regularly should I go to the toilet?’
It’s not an easy question to answer, because it depends on quite a few factors – what you eat and how your body processed food. And really, there is no ‘normal’ since we are all different.
Don’t worry about going once a day – a common misconception of healthy bowel movements. Instead, go as often as is comfortable. You should be able to make a bowel movement without straining. For some that’s twice a day, for others twice a week.
Is Diarrhoea a Dilemma?If you’re constantly running for the loo with loose and ‘explosive’ motions, you have diarrhoea. It’s usually caused by bacteria, parasites and viruses. There’s not a whole lot you can do about it, except drink plenty of water and top up lost electrolytes with a sports drink or supplement. Of course, if the diarrhoea is ongoing or particularly painful, seek urgent medical attention.
How Can I Keep Regular?
There are a few things you can do to boost your bowel health. This includes:
· Eating a high-fibre breakfast
· Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables with every meal
· Drink several glasses of water and/or tea each day
· Get moving regularly to keep your digestive system ticking along
· Don’t rush your toilet visits