11 Things That Tell You if Your Pooping Habits are Normal or Not
Speaking crap can make sense sometimes and when it concerns your poop, it does speak a lot about your health which is why we have a stool test where the lab even tests its odor too. But there are other factors too which you won’t get in a stool report and that’s how often you go, how you go, when you go, and how long you go which matters a lot and speaks tons about your present condition as well as addressing your own concerns whether its normal or not.
What’s normal and what’s not
According to gastroenterologists the average person goes once a day while some may go more and that not pooping for a day or two isn’t something to be alarmed about. Here are things your pooping habits say about you.
1There is no rule that you should go once a day
Fine, if you go once a day, it’s ok but if you find yourself wanting to crap again in the evening, then relax!! Don’t reach for pills to clog you up. It could have been something you ate that caused you to go a second time; perhaps you ate more fiber which is a good thing. There is no hard and fast rule that a day pooper can’t go more often. It could be a simple reason of diet or it could be something as complex as a stomach infection. Says Kyle Staller, MD, a gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. “At the end of the day, we define anything less than three times a week as abnormal,”
It’s important to recognize the signs where an infection will invariably be accompanied with loose stools with mucus, intense stomach pain, even bloating or nausea and vomiting in which case you need a doctor. If you are producing regular poop twice a day, maybe it would be an nice change. You’re clearing all the crap out of your system. However if your sudden routine goes out of control with frequent pooping that seems a stomach upset and is making your social life awkward, then see a doctor.
2You suddenly stop pooping
It’s not unusual for people to suddenly stop crapping for one or two days. The frequent routine of crapping daily creates more of a psychological impact on you if you stop pooping. Relax! If it isn’t ready to come out, don’t strain. Never Strain!! You could burst blood vessels or even acquire a condition of piles or hemorrhoids.
Constipation doesn’t necessarily mean you stop pooping; you could be taking a crap everyday and still be constipated. If your stool is hard and comes out in little pieces, then you may be constipated which could be due to lack of fiber. The average US adult needs 25 -38 gms of fiber a day but research has found this figure to be just 15%. Start eating more fruits and veggies and drink a lot of water. Moreover, if you stop pooping for a day, then give it some time; you may have a real healthy satisfying crap the next day. Not going for just one day or two isn’t a reason to reach for a laxative yet.
3Pooping regularly is a good thing
If you are going regular dot on time, then that’s a good thing which also means your digestive system is healthy. But if you aren’t regular and can poop at various parts of the day, then it isn’t anything to worry about. The reason for people to go first thing in the morning is because a heavy meal is eaten in the evening and your body has had hours to digest and travel to the position in your bowel making your body ready to poop. But, since you sleep in a horizontal position, the pressure isn’t felt until you awake in the morning and stand up.
Several people also poop in the evening after returning from work simply because that’s the time they get to relax and have a healthy bowel movement according to Lisa Ganjhu DO, FACG, AGAF, and associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center.
4If you run to the bathroom after a meal, it doesn’t mean trouble
Ganjhu says that running to the bathroom just after a meal isn’t because of a super digestive system. It’s just that you have an immature digestive system similar to babies who usually poop after feeding. That reflex just doesn’t go away for some people. However, the poop you pass after a meal isn’t the one produced from the meal you just ate. It could be from an earlier meal and your body will first absorb the nutrients of the present meal and it will take a while till it passes down to the poop location.
You should be more concerned if your poop is runny or floating with a gassy smell which means you aren’t absorbing fats well and should see a gastroenterologist.
5Coffee helps you to go
Caffeine is a known stimulant that also stimulates your gut too. Research at the Digestive Health Center at Georgia Regents University found that caffeine stimulated the gut to go in study volunteers fitted with anal sensors just as much as food.. It makes your gut contract pushing poop towards the rectum. Motilin a hormone found in coffee causes gut contractions and it isn’t unusual for people to poop after having a cup of coffee in the morning.
6Poop and period go hand in hand
Periods also means cramps, bloating and frequent visits to the toilet. According to gastroenterologists, women on the their periods are prone to having loose stools because of the hormones released in the cycle such as prostaglandins that activate contraction in the uterus that can sometimes affect bowels causing that to contract as well.
7Technique is important
Does your poop take ages to come out? It could be because you are sitting the right way ideal for pooping. According to science the best position for taking a dump is not the 90-degree angle that you usually sit on but a 45-degree one that you get when you squat over the toilet bowl. This style is widely practiced in countries like India and dates back to the periods of our first ancestors. Squatting changes the rectum position to create an angle where poop can inside easily out. The best suggestion is a squatty potty.
8It is normal to have vacation constipation
Even though you may be having a happy vacation, you just can’t poop. This means you have vacation constipation, something that research has found affects 40% people. A flight journey is enough to dry out your colon because of the difference s in atmospheric pressure which sucks water out of your body and bowels. Spending too much time at a beach or sightseeing and not drinking water can make you dehydrated. You may also be eating a load of fatty and fried foods which you don’t usually eat at home. Moreover doing your business in an unfamiliar place can make you colon shy.
9You take your time
Do you love playing candy crush while pooping or maybe even reading a comic or newspaper? There is nothing wrong if you spend 20 minutes pooping as opposed to 5 minutes which is great. Your colon knows when it is empty and done. The thing is that as long as you aren’t straining and comfortable even when taking long to poop then there is nothing to worry about.
Be that as it may, if you seem to be taking forever to poop or straining to manipulate your bowels or even sticking your finger in your anus in desperation, then you certainly need a gastroenterologist. In certain cases it could be an anatomical abnormality affecting the rectum.
10One day constipated the next day diarrhea
Sometimes after a stomach infection or a bout of diarrhea, you may not have a poop the next day. While this is usual as a one time or infrequent occurrence, if it happens frequently where you experience one day diarrhea and constipation the next, then you could be having irritable bowel syndrome. There are various causes of IBS where emotional stress, fear and anxiety is one of them.
While you need a doctor and counseling to remedy the problem, avoiding foods that disrupt your gastrointestinal tract will help. Peppermint tea has been found to soothe those suffering from IBS.
11If you keep popping loose without diarrhea
If you keep pooping loose but don’t have diarrhea, then it could be celiac disease which affects just 1% of the population. 83% of Americans have celiac disease although they don’t know they do. The only indication that you have the condition is your poop because your body may not be tolerating gluten which is a protein found in rye, barley and wheat. Gluten destroys villi which are the tiny hairlike protrusions that line the intestines making you unable to absorb nutrients from food. This is what causes the loose stools three-four times a day. A gluten-free diet may firm your stool, aid digestion and even eliminate symptoms like bloating, fatigue and pain. However always consult your doctor when facing such problems.