How Often Should I Go Number Two?

Acceptable options concerning the location of your bowel movements are scarce, but when it comes to the frequency of your poops, there’s a range of options.

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A bear does it in the woods, campers do it in a groover and cats prefer to do it in the dirt. While you don’t have as many acceptable options concerning the location of your bowel movements, when it comes to the frequency of your poops, there’s a wide range of healthy possibilities. According to colorectal surgeon Mari A. Madsen, it’s normal to poop as much as three to four times a day or as little as three to four times a week.

The number of times you have a biologically induced Twitter break depends on a variety of factors, including diet, lifestyle and your body’s preferences. Madsen recommends eating a high fiber diet, drinking between six and eight glasses of water a day and exercising to help keep your poops on schedule.

She adds that the need for a banana-shaped log is a myth, but that other stool-related stories are grounded in truth. A couple of examples: In some people, coffee or citrus juice encourage a quick trip to the bathroom by stimulating activity at the junction where your colon and rectum meet. Grandma’s favorite, prunes, are effective because they’re high in fiber and contain sorbitol, a natural laxative.

Basically, staying regular means different things for different people, so as long as you’re making it to the toilet on a consistent basis, there’s no cause for concern. Just be sure that you actually find a bathroom first.

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