Question by Ralph: How many bowel movements should a person have a day?
I mean for optimum health. Does it depend on how much and what you eat? What can a person do to ensure regularity?
Answer by matador 89
While one to three bowel movements are normal there is a lot of variation both day to day and between individuals. This is based on a whole range of factors. Peristalsis occurs reflexively in response to distention, and eating a meal with warm liquids may produce a bowel movement within a few hours. For the individual the speed of their metabolism, their habits, their body weight and more can have an impact. Even their psychology can play a role and if they are nervous they can find themselves making more regular visits to the toilet. Conditions such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) are thought to be linked to stress. The differences per day meanwhile are the result of what they eat and of course the more they eat then the more they will need to visit the toilet. As a very rough guide you can generally expect the number of bowel movements to correlate with the number of meals you eat in the day – three meals a day should result in three bowel movements, while two meals should result in two. An ideal bowel movement is medium brown, the colour of plain cardboard. It leaves the body easily with no straining or discomfort. It should have the consistency of toothpaste, and be approximately 4 to 8 inches long. the stool should enter the water smoothly and slowly fall once it reaches the water. There should be little gas or odour. All shades of brown are considered normal. A discoloured stool rarely indicates a potentially serious intestinal condition. Stool colour is generally influenced by what you eat as well as by the amount of bile — a yellow-green fluid that digests fats — in your stool.
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