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Are You Regular? How Diet and Exercise Affect Your Bowels


By +Carolyn Richardson on Jul 28, 2011 10:00 AM in Tips & Updates

By Carolyn Richardson

Number two will do to explain the bodily function most people think about often, but rarely talk about.  Bowel movements are not only necessary, but they explain a lot about your overall health.  Dr. Amy Foxx-Orenstein, president of the American College of Gastroenterology, reveal the importance of a healthy gastro-intestinal tract, “The GI tract is a processing unit that metabolizes all of the nutrients you take in and eliminates all of the body’s waste.”

Constipation Defined

Normal bowel movements will vary from person to person and, depending on diet, can change over time with each individual. “There is no true ideal for how frequent your bowel movements should be,” Foxx-Orenstein says.  But if you notice a marked change in frequency, take note. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), “Constipation is defined as having a bowel movement fewer than three times per week.”  Along with difficulty eliminating, stools during constipation may be hard, dry, and small in size.  Other indicators of constipation are straining and bloating. 

What Diet Has to Do With It

“If you’re not eating enough fiber, not eating breakfast, or just not eating enough food, you may be constipated because your body’s not able to produce enough waste,” says Foxx-Orenstein.  The NIDDK says people with a high-fiber diet are less likely to become constipated, but unfortunately many Americans don’t fall into this category.  The National Center for Health Statistics reports, “Americans eat an average of 5 to 14 grams of fiber daily,” far short of the American Dietetic Association’s recommendation of 20 to 35 grams.  Foods high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  On the other hand, diets high in fats, such as cheese, eggs, and meats are indicated as a cause for constipation.  What you drink is also important.  While research shows that increasing fluid intake does not necessarily relieve constipation, liquids do add bulk to stools, making it easier for the pipe to start flowing again. However, steer clear of liquids that contain alcohol or caffeine, as these are not as hydrating as water and juices, and may aggravate symptoms of constipation.

Move Around to Get Things Moving

Exercise is vital to regular bowel movements.  In fact, inactivity is thought to be a reason why older people may suffer from constipation more frequently.  WebMD says that exercise cuts down on the time it takes food to move through the large intestine and offers the following advice about when to exercise to stave off constipation: “Wait an hour after a big meal before engaging in any rigorous physical activity.”   In addition to walking for just 10 to 15 minutes a few times a day, they suggest stretching, yoga, and aerobic exercise such as jogging, swimming, or dancing as ways to keep the digestive tract healthy.

When to Call the Doctor

“An ideal stool looks like a torpedo—it should be large, soft, fluffy and easy to pass,” says Foxx-Orenstein.  But problems with color, texture, and size may indicate a medical condition. Normal stool can come in a variety of colors, but a pale or gray hue may mean trouble in liver, pancreatic or digestive tract function.  Also, unless you recently ate beets or red popsicles, bright red stools or blood-like spots or streaks in the stool are also cause for alarm.  Black or tar-like stool could mean an increase in iron due to vitamin supplementation, but if you haven’t recently changed your iron intake, call your doctor to rule out other problems.  Abnormally loose stools, if not the result of a sudden increase in fiber in the diet, could be caused by an infection, or virus, or, if your stool floats and is accompanied by a yellowish color and greasy consistency, could indicate celiac disease.  Lastly, pencil thin stools could mean an obstruction in the GI tract, colon cancer, or its precursor, polyps in the colon.  Additional conditions include Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  In any case, if you feel you may have a problem, don’t ignore it.  Foxx--Orenstein says it best, “What comes through it is reflective of how well or how ill the body is.”    


Your thoughts…

Are you regular?  How has diet and exercise affected your bowels? 



Comments


This topic is indeed skimmed around as it's just not considered polite conversation unless you're talking to your best friend and even then it's cause for unease. 

I am very regular, in fact I go everyday upon waking - within 30 mins.  I eat a lot of veg and what I cant eat I juice to make sure I get as much fibre as possible and it keeps me hydrated also.  A friend of mine is very surprised to hear that I go daily as she goes probably 3 times a week or less.  I believe she is suffering from IBS, which is a shame.

When I dont go to the loo of a morning I feel quite strange and very full until I do the deed.  It's quite uncomfortable too and I never want to eat, which sometimes makes the problem worse.  Other times I just have to eat and by midday I am ready to release.

I never look at my stools, well not in a way that would suggest analyising them to see if there might be any problems.   I feel confident that I am OK but perhaps from time to time I'll take a closer look to make sure.



One more thing, I agree that exercise is vital to getting things moving.  I'm sedentary most of the day and by lunch time I can feel things building up in the form of gas.  A walk usually clears the passage and return my tum to normal.  Exercise is def an excellent way to keep things moving!!!



Green smoothies every morning and usually a spinach salad at night make the body very happy every day!

 



I exercise 4-5 days per week, meaning I get up at 4:30am to jog on the treadmill for 2.5 miles, then 3 days a week I do strength training for 30-40 minutes each time.  I have a banana protein shake for breakfast Mon-Fri that consist of a banana, cup of 1% milk, scoop of vanilla whey protein powder and ususally include either 1/2 cup blueberries or a teaspoon of peanut butter, but ALWAYS a banana.  I have a hard time 'going' and by mid morning I feel like I'm going to explode.  I will go a 'little' but can tell it is not enough and I just stay gassy and bloated all day long.  It is a horrible feeling.  I have more fruit, either grapes, watermelon, or an apple around 10:30-11:00am and a protein, usually a grilled chicken breast and veggie for lunch.  

Could it be the banana?  HELP ME PLEASE!



As an IBS sufferer I can having problems in this area. Infact when I started calorie count 3 - 4 weeks ago I was going through a very bad time. Also my dad who is in his 60s had just undergone an internal examination because of these embarrassing problems and I didn't want to end up like him, but what the doctor told him was simply that the majority of people do not get enough fibre in their diet. Too many people turn to laxitives instead, and while this is OK in the short term, can lead your body to stop being able to 'go' on it's own. When I joined calorie count I felt this was happening to me, so wanted to take myself off laxatives gently, and by being able to see how much fibre I was getting in my diet through the food log, it's really helped. I'm nearly normal now, and eat a bowl of All Bran every morning for breakfast - 10grams of fibre in 1 serving.



Try using a probiotic - the more CFU's the better the results GNC has a great one and I take on every single day because I, too, had issues with going even though I eat properly. There's no cramping involved like a synthetic laxative produces and it's the best feeling to finally release all the waste. I will use this supplement for the rest of my life in addition to ingesting the proper foods.


Sandrarea -- it could be the banana.  The BRAT diet -- bananas rice applesauce tea -- is what you give to kids with diarrhea, the opposite of what you want.  Also, it sounds you're bloated from too much fruit too close together in time.  Fruit and fruit juice ferments in your digestive tract and gives off gas.   Apples are good, but maybe save that until late afternoon?

This is what blocks me up: indulging in refined sugar, cheese (definitely), or too many veggies with too little water, and sitting on my butt for long periods.

This is what loosens me up: lots of peanuts or other nuts, or flax seed.  Try a teaspoon of whole flax seeds twice or three times a day for a couple days. 

For fortified cereals, watch the zinc content -- that also loosens me up, and not in a good way. 



What a topic indeed. I was constipated from early childhood until I had a serious bout of food poisoning. Whatever antibiotics they gave me "repaired" that almost to the extreme the other way. I am very serious about high fiber. Having had four colonoscopies in the last 2 1/2 years and colo-rectal surgery to remove a pre-cancerous adenoma I eat fiber. I also check my  #2 frequently. The indicator that I was having trouble was a bright red streak in my #2 every morning. If you have any noticeable changes either way please see your Dr.

 

Everyone who has a or had a family member with colon cancer should talk to their Dr about it. Also give yourself the gift of a colonoscopy - messy as they are - at the appropriate age. I have had 6 in the last few years and they have found polyps every time plus the adenoma. Since my Maternal Aunt died of colon cancer after having gone misdiagnosed for several years I do not play around with the possibility. Especially after visiting her the last weeks and her giving me the warning, in a very stern voice that I had better be tested.



Also, a remedy my mother believed in, and it works for me, a cup or two of very strong coffee every morning. Works wonders!



fazzdoll:  thanks so much for the information.  I'll try cutting out my mid morning fruit and try some nuts instead.  I don't eat a lot of cheese but I do sit on my butt for long periods of time (including right now).  I may try a different kind of protein shake after my morning run, maybe one without bananas just to see if that works.  Thanks for your response! Wink



I am a vegetarian. Until recent health problems I averaged 40 to 45 grams of fibre a day, exercised regularly and drank at minimum 7 pints or water a day as well as drinking green tea. I was lucky if I went 3 times a week and felt permanently bloated. Recent health issues - separate to my diet- have made me completely immobile and after 11 days with out passing stools I have had to resort to laxatives. I'm just not interested in eating right now because I know that being confined to bed i won't be able to pass anything with out intervention. My husband eats meat and overall a little less fibre and enjoys bowel movements after every meal! Guess we're all just different!


has anyone read the book Raw Truth? there is a section that talks about John and Will Kellogg and C.W. Post.  Dr. Kellogg ran a sanitarium and knew back then that we needed more fiber in our diet to keep us from getting ill. long story short, that is how we got our morning cereals- they knew we needed fiber. C.W. Post was a patient of Dr.Kellogg and i guess beat him to the punch and developed  Post cereal and General Mills, but Will Kellogg was trying to compete with him so he started to play with sugar cane and started to make the fiber taste better. john Kellogg wanted nothing of it, so he stayed a dr. of the Sanitarium.  also in other countries where people eat more fiber than we do, their poop is a lot larger. Another doc, notice that in his study as well. American poop is small compared to other countries that  eat 80% more fiber than Americans.  i can move my bowels about every day, but i know that if i eat meat, i get constipated. i learned from a personal trainer to eat fish instead because it is flaky and moves through your system quicker. i also watch my friends who are triathletes and they eat a lot more fish than meat.  lots of fruits, (except for bananas that bind you), veggies, and water, water, water, and exercise. help. oh fiber of course- eat your oatmeal, cereal, or yogurt w/ probiotic and fun things like air popped popcorn!! my favorite.



Thank you for posting on this topic.  I think exercise and the bad effects of sitting at a desk all day are often left out of the equation and they are a significant cause of MANY of Americans health problems, including chronic constipation.  I know it is very difficult for me to offset the impacts of a sedentary job and a long commute, even by taking exercise breaks, etc.



Exercise definitely works. Fiber helps a lot. For me a glass of water just after waking up in the morning does wonders. Initially i hated it as i could only drink a sip but continued that everyday and after a month I could drink a full glass which makes me 'go'. When I feel little stuffy I eat popcorn and have short 10 min walk, it really helps my stomach within 1-2 hrs.

 



Original Post by: sandrarea

I exercise 4-5 days per week, meaning I get up at 4:30am to jog on the treadmill for 2.5 miles, then 3 days a week I do strength training for 30-40 minutes each time.  I have a banana protein shake for breakfast Mon-Fri that consist of a banana, cup of 1% milk, scoop of vanilla whey protein powder and ususally include either 1/2 cup blueberries or a teaspoon of peanut butter, but ALWAYS a banana.  I have a hard time 'going' and by mid morning I feel like I'm going to explode.  I will go a 'little' but can tell it is not enough and I just stay gassy and bloated all day long.  It is a horrible feeling.  I have more fruit, either grapes, watermelon, or an apple around 10:30-11:00am and a protein, usually a grilled chicken breast and veggie for lunch.  

Could it be the banana?  HELP ME PLEASE!


Are you drinking enough water?  Are you eating enough?  What was your usual routine before you began exercising?  The amount of fruit/veg may be making you more gassy as well.  Try introducing some whole grain for your fibre and increase your water intake and see if that helps.  Give your body a few days to regulate and see. 

I too have very little problems with this part of my life.  I can attest to the importance of keeping moving though.  My chosen mode of exercise is walking.  I have a lot of weight to lose and found this is best for me at this time.  I tripped and fell just over 3 months ago and the knee injury meant that I wasn't able to go out for my morning walk.  I found out within days the difference this made in my bowel movements.  I was still eating plenty of fibre in my diet, still drinking water throughout the day but probably not quite as much as I do when I walk.  I felt sluggish at least once or twice a week.

Finally this week I was able to return to my normal routine, going to bed a bit earlier since I needed to get outside before it got tooooooo hot!  Getting up, grabbing something to drink and then out for a minimum of half an hour.  Back home it was breakfast of fruit and plenty of water/juice and get on with my housework.  Following day I was back to normal!  I'm blessed by being one of those people who have rarely suffered with constipation but I did notice that difference with just the loss of walking over a 3 month period.



Am I the only one who goes three times *a day*? <_<



Original Post by: nebichan

Am I the only one who goes three times *a day*? <_<


Yes you are  (:



quiltmom:  Thanks for your response!  I drink alot of water and have been exercising for over 2 years now, after doing nothing for 51 years.  I lost 55 pounds but it took me every bit of 18 months to do so.  I don't get alot of whole grains, ok, truth.... I get next to none.  So what little fiber I'm getting I get from the fruits & veggies I eat.  I limit meat to once per day and YES, I eat enough, trust me, most days I'm over my calories.  I try to follow the 80/20 rule.  80% of the time I eat healthy, 20% of the time I'll eat what I know I'm not supposed to have.  I found that if I cut out everything I love, I'll just want it more.  It's been more about moderation than anything for me.  However I do tend to get on one type of food and stay there.  Also after doing some research, most say that bananas can cause bloating.



 As a person that has GI problems, I can tell you that having a BM 3 times a week is fine, if that's her normal routine.  i have Celiac disease and IBS and believe me it's much worst than constipation.  It is very painful and you lose weight because you can't eat.  If your friend suffers from severe stomach pains, feeling full all day along with few or no BMS in a week maybe she should consult a doctor but oherwise this may just be her pattern.



 As a person that has GI problems, I can tell you that having a BM 3 times a week is fine, if that's her normal routine.  i have Celiac disease and IBS and believe me it's much worst than constipation.  It is very painful and you lose weight because you can't eat.  If your friend suffers from severe stomach pains, feeling full all day along with few or no BMS in a week maybe she should consult a doctor but oherwise this may just be her pattern.



 As a person that has GI problems, I can tell you that having a BM 3 times a week is fine, if that's her normal routine.  i have Celiac disease and IBS and believe me it's much worst than constipation.  It is very painful and you lose weight because you can't eat.  If your friend suffers from severe stomach pains, feeling full all day along with few or no BMS in a week maybe she should consult a doctor but oherwise this may just be her pattern.



 As a person that has GI problems, I can tell you that having a BM 3 times a week is fine, if that's her normal routine.  i have Celiac disease and IBS and believe me it's much worst than constipation.  It is very painful and you lose weight because you can't eat.  If your friend suffers from severe stomach pains, feeling full all day along with few or no BMS in a week maybe she should consult a doctor but oherwise this may just be her pattern.



 As a person that has GI problems, I can tell you that having a BM 3 times a week is fine, if that's her normal routine.  i have Celiac disease and IBS and believe me it's much worst than constipation.  It is very painful and you lose weight because you can't eat.  If your friend suffers from severe stomach pains, feeling full all day along with few or no BMS in a week maybe she should consult a doctor but oherwise this may just be her pattern.



Add a tablespoon of Chia seeds to the smoothies for 5 grams of fiber and lots of omega3.  Also throw in a cup or two of kale or spinach.  It will still taste like your smoothie but you will get extra veggie servings.  This way you can eat the breakfast you like but increase fiber.



maybe you should try seeing a GI doctor, is the wheat or wheat products in your shake? are you allergic to wheat or maybe lactose, I suffered the say way and I found out that I had Celiac disease.  Look into it, see a doctor



Original Post by: nikkya

Original Post by: nebichan

Am I the only one who goes three times *a day*? <_<


Yes you are  (:


Nebichan

NO you are not the only one, I am very regular and if I eat three times, I would go three times, so it is a normal response, I think, from your body: you eat, you let go of waste that is taking space... So feel happy that your body is healthy.



Original Post by: sandrarea

I exercise 4-5 days per week, meaning I get up at 4:30am to jog on the treadmill for 2.5 miles, then 3 days a week I do strength training for 30-40 minutes each time.  I have a banana protein shake for breakfast Mon-Fri that consist of a banana, cup of 1% milk, scoop of vanilla whey protein powder and ususally include either 1/2 cup blueberries or a teaspoon of peanut butter, but ALWAYS a banana.  I have a hard time 'going' and by mid morning I feel like I'm going to explode.  I will go a 'little' but can tell it is not enough and I just stay gassy and bloated all day long.  It is a horrible feeling.  I have more fruit, either grapes, watermelon, or an apple around 10:30-11:00am and a protein, usually a grilled chicken breast and veggie for lunch.  

Could it be the banana?  HELP ME PLEASE!


Try adding psyllium as instructed on the bottle. It helps regulate if your diet is lacking fiber and you would not have to make drastic changes right away.

And, of course, as other commenters have told you, add more natural foods to your diet.

VARIETY is the spice of life... Add different kinds of fruits, veggies, nuts, etc to get all kinds of nutrients.



I know everyone is different, and with different people come different reactions to diet and excercise, however in my case it benefits me 100%.

I just quit smoking 25 days ago, and when I did that, I gained a few pounds (on top of weight that I had already gained over the past year) and decided if i was going to make one lifestyle change, I should just make 2 or 3 at the same time, so I am eating healthier and doing more physical activity then I have done in at least five years. Now, the reason I want to bring this up is because it has to do with my bowel's and being regular. I have severe IBS, and when I say severe, I mean I was hospitalized quite a few times because I was so backed up that the pressure on my intestines were causing me to be in such tremendous pain that I needed to be put on pain killers and have immediate procedures taken to remove all of the blockage. Fibre didn't do anything, and there were no specific foods that gave me a "reaction" that triggered it, between pscyhologist and doctor's they just couldn't figure it out. However....Since I have quit smoking, eating healthier and exercising every two days, my IBS hasn't acted up, at all. Not even in the slighest bit, and I have been going regularly to the bathroom for the first time since I was probably 13 years old. I am so happy that whatever I am doing has at least for now seemed to fix the problem and I hope that people like me, who were in severe pain for so long, and how horrible it made my life, can one day be at a happy place as where I am currently!



Original Post by: maguita74

Original Post by: nikkya

Original Post by: nebichan

Am I the only one who goes three times *a day*? <_<


Yes you are  (:


Nebichan

NO you are not the only one, I am very regular and if I eat three times, I would go three times, so it is a normal response, I think, from your body: you eat, you let go of waste that is taking space... So feel happy that your body is healthy.


Ditto. Twice or three times. Always around 20 min. after my big breakfast and later it varies. I am a vegan and eat a ton of fruits & vegetables, as well as 4 servings (or more) of whole grains daily. I also drink a lot of water, but I do not exercise at all (I know I have to change that). Anyway, I feel clean in the inside and overall very healthy.



Original Post by: sandrarea

I exercise 4-5 days per week, meaning I get up at 4:30am to jog on the treadmill for 2.5 miles, then 3 days a week I do strength training for 30-40 minutes each time.  I have a banana protein shake for breakfast Mon-Fri that consist of a banana, cup of 1% milk, scoop of vanilla whey protein powder and ususally include either 1/2 cup blueberries or a teaspoon of peanut butter, but ALWAYS a banana.  I have a hard time 'going' and by mid morning I feel like I'm going to explode.  I will go a 'little' but can tell it is not enough and I just stay gassy and bloated all day long.  It is a horrible feeling.  I have more fruit, either grapes, watermelon, or an apple around 10:30-11:00am and a protein, usually a grilled chicken breast and veggie for lunch.  

Could it be the banana?  HELP ME PLEASE!


Log this and figure out how much fiber you're actually eating.  It might still not be enough.  Or you could be lactose intolerant (I assume whey powder still has lactose?  I'm asking--I've never actually used it.)



Yes, Rosl, everyone is different. Each of us has to find that right combination of foods (usually fiber and leafy vegetables), liquids, and the time of day to exercise that will make our bowels move.  I was the diarrhea queen for ten years until I stopped microwaving food in 2010. An aerobics instructor mentioned why she had stopped microwaving, so I thought, that makes sense and what could it hurt. Microwaving is about time-saving preparation which didn't necessarily mean we should.  My opinion is an individualized assessement everyone.  Let's just say it worked for me.  I have no scientific proof. Long story short, after ten months, I now have normal stools. But when you're having to time your travel to a doctor's appt or go to the grocery store afraid you'll have an accident along the way, I was desperate and I wasn't going to wear Depends.  My bladder is just as free flowing.

Depending on what I've eaten (when I over indulged on foods I want but don't need), I still have moments where I can feel the need to go but can't because it's not quite at the point in my intestinal tract to expel easily, exercise has moved it along.  Drinking very warm water to drinkable hot water (several cups before bed always) moves me during the night where upon standing the next morning I have about 45 seconds to get to the bathroom.  The same aerobics instructor mentioned why she drinks hot water which sounded logical.  She said cold water solidifies the oils in the foods you've eaten which then clings to the walls of your intestines and builds up which makes you feel bloated. It sounded reasonable enough to try, so why not?Sealed  I now enjoy drinking hot water at any time of the day and can drink more water when it's hot instead of cold which makes it easier for me to meet my daily water intake.  Having said all that, I DO NOT NEED A LAXATIVE TO GO EVER!!!!  An NO, Nebichan, you are not the only one who goes three times a day. I go three to four times a day everyday (have gone more depending upon how much I've eaten in a day—calorie counting went out the window on those days). I'd think something was wrong with me if I wasn't frequent every day.



Calorie Count's nutrition report is ALWAYS saying I'm too low in fiber.  However, I am quite healthy as far as regularity goes!  Even on days when I do eat more fiber, my regularity is the same.  My foods of preference are usually meat and vegetables, and I don't eat very many carbs or fruits or grains, because those things burn out too quickly when I exercise.  Is it possible that some people simply don't need as much fiber as the current health standard? 



A couple of years ago, I had almost constant issues with my internal plumbing, including constipation.

I changed my diet and lifestyle to include lotsa veggies and lotsa exercise and the problems have all but vanished ... along with approximately 75 pounds.

Keep well,

Island Scribe



JOB WELL DONE ON THE 75lbs Island.

My diet and weight loss curbed my belching and flatulence by 75%.



I try to keep my fiber intake to between 15 and 20 grams a day, anything over that spells trouble for me.. so yes, i do believe there is such a thing as too much exercise.

i have chronic constipation, i exercise regularly - i run between 10 and 15 miles a week ontop of strenght training, weights and swimming.

I do not eat fast food, i eat very little processed food, i love fruits and vegis. on a typical day I drink 68 oz of fluid - mostly water. I drink coffee and tea, i am a former smoker....

so why the life history.. because we're all different. what works for one does not work for all. I am doing "all the right things"  but still have issues. actually my issues got signifiantly worse when i quit smoking.. but i think the pay off is worth it!

I have come to believe i will always have this problem.. but with my gastro, i've found ways to deal with it and have a mostly normal life :-)



Doh, i meant such a thing as too much fiber.. one can never get too much exercise ;-)



Psyllium husk.  If you choose to ingest it, you MUST have a lot of extra water through out the day, or it will cause a blockage.  The container will tell you to make sure you have enough water in with the husk when ingesting it, which IS important so it doesn't thicken so much that you choke on it, but that is not the only "extra" water you need.  I would have one tall glass before the husk, enough added to the husk, then drink another tall glass.  7 days of constipation happened to my husband, who exercises and eats very healthy.  And when it came out, he could see that there were large clumps of the husk (ick, I know)...If you do it right, it's really good for your health and to aid in weight loss, so remember HUSK must go with lots of extra water!!

 



Original Post by: whitemargin

As an IBS sufferer I can having problems in this area. Infact when I started calorie count 3 - 4 weeks ago I was going through a very bad time. Also my dad who is in his 60s had just undergone an internal examination because of these embarrassing problems and I didn't want to end up like him, but what the doctor told him was simply that the majority of people do not get enough fibre in their diet. Too many people turn to laxitives instead, and while this is OK in the short term, can lead your body to stop being able to 'go' on it's own. When I joined calorie count I felt this was happening to me, so wanted to take myself off laxatives gently, and by being able to see how much fibre I was getting in my diet through the food log, it's really helped. I'm nearly normal now, and eat a bowl of All Bran every morning for breakfast - 10grams of fibre in 1 serving.


I don't have lactose intolerance or IBS but protein powder made me terribly gassy.  I am going to try a different type maybe that will help.



I run 30-35 miles a week, eat around 8-9 servings of fruits and/or veggies a day, as well as eat whole grains and no fast/processed foods (except tons of bread and pasta!) eat small portions of protein per meal for example if having chicken or lean beef 4oz. I prefer seafood but as a poor college student i don't eat it much.

anyways i have a bowel movement 3-4 times a day... zero problems.. if i have less than 2 in a day i wonder if there's a problem!

I really think its all about eating lots of fruits and veggies and exercise, exercise! there are no shortcuts or special secrets Smile  



but i would like to add that i had to work up to how much fiber i eat a day which is usually around 40 grams! in the beginning i had stomach cramps, and then i was gassy.. but eventually those things went away and i feel completely fine now with the high amount of fiber i eat!



I think as long as you can find a balance, it doesn't matter if it is once a day, 2-3 times a day, or every-other day, as long as you are comfortable and are getting enough nutrients from your food.



Original Post by: nikkya

Original Post by: nebichan

Am I the only one who goes three times *a day*? <_<


Yes you are  (:


no.  i am good for 2-3x's day on average.  in fact on the occasional day that is only 1x, i'm bloated, but lucky for me it works itself out the next day.



Original Post by: maguita74

Original Post by: sandrarea

I exercise 4-5 days per week, meaning I get up at 4:30am to jog on the treadmill for 2.5 miles, then 3 days a week I do strength training for 30-40 minutes each time.  I have a banana protein shake for breakfast Mon-Fri that consist of a banana, cup of 1% milk, scoop of vanilla whey protein powder and ususally include either 1/2 cup blueberries or a teaspoon of peanut butter, but ALWAYS a banana.  I have a hard time 'going' and by mid morning I feel like I'm going to explode.  I will go a 'little' but can tell it is not enough and I just stay gassy and bloated all day long.  It is a horrible feeling.  I have more fruit, either grapes, watermelon, or an apple around 10:30-11:00am and a protein, usually a grilled chicken breast and veggie for lunch.  

Could it be the banana?  HELP ME PLEASE!


Try adding psyllium as instructed on the bottle. It helps regulate if your diet is lacking fiber and you would not have to make drastic changes right away.

And, of course, as other commenters have told you, add more natural foods to your diet.

VARIETY is the spice of life... Add different kinds of fruits, veggies, nuts, etc to get all kinds of nutrients.


I have a friend that said he was potty trained to go 45 minutes after his meals at to this day at 53 years old he still goes 45 minutes after every meal. I thought our disciplined is that. He is all muscle though.



I have to say that while I rarely pay any attention to commercials, the one about Activia was right - it really does make you regular due to the probiotics. I eat a light vanilla activia every morning (just 90 calories) with half a cup of berries (usually blueberries or blackberries) and it NEVER fails to work.



Original Post by: sandrarea

I exercise 4-5 days per week, meaning I get up at 4:30am to jog on the treadmill for 2.5 miles, then 3 days a week I do strength training for 30-40 minutes each time.  I have a banana protein shake for breakfast Mon-Fri that consist of a banana, cup of 1% milk, scoop of vanilla whey protein powder and ususally include either 1/2 cup blueberries or a teaspoon of peanut butter, but ALWAYS a banana.  I have a hard time 'going' and by mid morning I feel like I'm going to explode.  I will go a 'little' but can tell it is not enough and I just stay gassy and bloated all day long.  It is a horrible feeling.  I have more fruit, either grapes, watermelon, or an apple around 10:30-11:00am and a protein, usually a grilled chicken breast and veggie for lunch.  

Could it be the banana?  HELP ME PLEASE!


It could be your protein intake.  I used to be very regular.  2-3 times per day, usually around the same time of the day too.  In trying to loose weight, I started a new diet that required a lot of protein.  Almost instantly I stopped going.  After 3 days I felt horrible.  Cramping, bloating and I actually gained weight.  I stopped and went back to my old eating habits that didn't have nearly as much protein and more in the carbs.  Took 2 weeks to get back to normal.  I doubt that it's the banana.  Those are a good source of potassium, and I have atleast one a day (while regular - was not allowed during the protein diet)  I don't know that for sure it was the added protein.   But I'm not willing to test that theory again.  Leave out the powder and peanut butter in the shakes and see if that makes a difference.   Good Luck!



As someone who has been living with chronic constipation all my life- 3-6 movements per month- I've often wondered if the lack of voiding is what affects my weight.  Does anyone know if our bodies continue to absorb the calories if the body refuses to get rid of the waste?

Yes, I know about fibre... It is very good at making me feel extreemly bloated and uncomfortable, but seldom does the job.  I eat a healthy diet- salads, nuts, etc.



Well I am very regular, but no matter how much I poop, I still need to poop *more*. Like I went 4 times today (big ones...this is sooo tmi) but I can still feel a lot inside me. I go about 4-5 times a day..

I take a stool softener and 4 fiber gummies a day, or I will be soo constipated. Before losing weight I only needed to go once a day to feel fine, but now idk what's wrong. If I don't go a lot, I can't breathe well when exercising.



I've always heard that bananas aid in stopping up the colon. For example if someone has severe diarrhea, they are advised to eat bananas to stop the outflow. Sounds like the rest of what you are eating is wonderfully healthy and should keep your bowels moving, try doing without the bananas for a week and see if that makes a difference.



Wow, I only go once a day and it's usually shortly after I wake up.  Even my husband and kids have only one bowel movement per day...  And most people I've ever known personally enough to know their toilet schedule seem to be the same way.



Me 2.



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