You won’t know you’re sick unless you know how it is to be well. And you won’t recognize
a problematic bowel movement unless you’ve had a normal one. But what is a normal
bowel movement? Check this out.
Different People Different Bowel Stories
There really is no strict definition of what a normal bowel movement is. Every person
in every culture has a different bowel habit. Most of it hinges on what you eat and
what you’ve been raised to eat from your family and cultural traditions as well as
One thing is certain though, you need to expel the waste your body produces in a
timely and regular fashion and without much difficulty or pain each time. Consider
your bowel movement to be “normal” if you have all the following attributes:
You Take To The Toilet Regularly
Not necessarily once everyday, but if you take in the right foods on a regular basis,
you should expect to expel the waste as a by-product of your digestive system on
a regular basis.
Eating a well-balance diet rich in fiber and liquids as well as regular exercise
as simple as walking go a long way to keeping your bowel movement regular. A healthy
bowel movement is a habit. That means it occurs on a regular frequency.
You Have No Constipation
That means you don’t suffer from hard lumpy stools that are expelled accompanied
by pain or difficulty after feeling some discomfort or bloated feeling in your lower
Constipation is one of the leading complaints leading to 2 million doctor visits
every year in America. Unless you have colon cancer or other abdominal ailments that
require drugs, radiotherapy and chemotherapy that are known to induce it as a side
effect, constipation can easily be overcome with the right foods rich in fiber and
a lot of water intake. Fibrous foods draw in a lot of water so it is best to drink
more water or you get dehydrated easily.
You Don’t Suffer From Diarrhea
This is often marked with loose and watery stools that require 3 or more visits to
the john in a day. It happens when you get upset stomach that disturbs the digestive
process. It can also be side effect in chemotherapy, radiotherapy and drug medication,
allergies and digestive tract infections. Otherwise, it often goes away in a day
without much fuss in healthy people. If it lasts more than 3 days and you get fever
and stomach pain, or when your stools contain blood, it’s time to call your doctor.
You Can Pass Your Stool Without Straining Or Using Any Laxative
This is related to having constipation and is a sign that you have some food intake
problems that cause you to have difficult bowel movements. Over the counter laxatives
can be effective in easing the stools to pass but eating the right diet already provides
your body with the proper level of tract lubrication to pass stools without any aid.