How often should you poop?

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  1. Mikeydoes profile image43
    Mikeydoesposted 12 years ago

    How often should you poop in a week and how often should you poop a day.

    My knowledge on it is many people shoot for 1 day. But it is completely up to the person's metabolism and diet. Along with several other variables.

    1. Bob Francis profile image60
      Bob Francisposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Apologize for  the many typos in my last post to this question. Went to fast and didn't read it until "posted" Blame it on age, or George Bush, he's responsible for everthing els.

    2. qwark profile image61
      qwarkposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      At least 2 a day!

    3. profile image0
      CollBposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I remember being told as a child, once a day as it shows healthy bowel movements.

      Eating cereals, fruits and vegetables does the biz well so if constipated, an extra helping of these will stir the bowels into action!

  2. Darknlovely3436 profile image72
    Darknlovely3436posted 12 years ago

    Having a bowel movement depends on each individual body, however,
    as a nurse . and my findings it should be every 1- 2 days,
    according to the expert, if not if some alternative to your problems,

  3. tomashuhart75 profile image59
    tomashuhart75posted 12 years ago

    If you are consuming enough fiber, you should have a bowel movement atleast once every day or two if not more often (dependent on a person to person basis).  If someone if having trouble having a bowel movement, the most common cause is lack of fiber in the diet, especially those utilizing a low / no carb eating method.  so up the veggies and leafy greens and you'll be a poop machine!

  4. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 12 years ago

    I have one a day, usually around the same time of day.

  5. Rik Ravado profile image84
    Rik Ravadoposted 12 years ago

    I poop whenever my wife takes me out for a walk. smile
    No not really but I am very boring and regular in my pooping.  (Once a day before going to work)

    1. Mikeydoes profile image43
      Mikeydoesposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Ha! I usually am on a strict schedule, but sometimes it is there and some time it isn't.. My diet is so jacked up!

  6. manlypoetryman profile image77
    manlypoetrymanposted 12 years ago

    At Hub Pages...We get down to the real poop that people want to know!


  7. SomewayOuttaHere profile image58
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 12 years ago

    ...okay...this is weird topic...ha ha ha...i say 'hold it in Mikey - you'll blow up sooner or later'....

  8. cindi h profile image61
    cindi hposted 12 years ago

    I am a fan, but not so much a follower, of Kevin Trudeau. He wrote a very interesting book about Natural cures. In it he suggests at least 2-3 bowel movements every day!! Why?  Well this is kinda gross but here goes:  When we eat food it is supposed to go to the stomach, get digested or broken down, travel to the small  intestine then the large and out the colon. The whole process should take 1-4 hours. If you eat 3 meals a day, every 4 hours that food should be digested and the remains ready to be flushed. When it is not what happens is the stomach does not produce enough enzymes to break down the food properly so it sits and putrifies. It will then attach itself to the walls of the small intestines where it blocks the absorption of nutrients. It turns rancid and produces a toxic, poisonous gas, (And you thought farts couldn't be deadly!) This whole process causes a host of other problems including: slow metabolism, allergies, diabetes, cancer, insomnia, arthritis, poor circulation and more.

    So I guess my answer is at least 2-3 times a day!!
    Sorry for the rant.

    1. Bob Francis profile image60
      Bob Francisposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      If you are eating three a day, you go three a day. One train in the tunnel, one train out. If you don't go often un-digested food residue with cling to the inside of the colon, the fermmaantation that then takes place can release toxins which circulate into your body,(not good) Getting adequate fibre is one answer. It's been reported that John Waynes Colon weighed over 40 pounds when he passed. I have access to a book, titled "Death begins in your plumbing."  I could probably write an entire hub on this subject,

  9. s82a84 profile image60
    s82a84posted 12 years ago

    You should have a least one bowel movement per day. If you consume a lots of fibers and water ( like I do), you'll probably end up go #2 2 to 3 times a day. and it's not a bad thing!

  10. cathylynn99 profile image76
    cathylynn99posted 12 years ago

    i eat lots of veggies and i only eliminate about twice per week. i even use activia, which has made going easier, but not more frequent. i am still considered "normal". i just have a slow gut. if i really want to clear things out, all i need to do is have about three glasses of iced tea.

    any where between a few times per day and twice a week is normal. less than that is constipation. watery stool at least 5X per day for two weeks or more is medically significant diarrhea.

    1. cathylynn99 profile image76
      cathylynn99posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      gut transit time on average is 24 hrs. that's the time it takes for food to go from mouth to anus.

      there's a reflex that causes you to tend to want to eliminate after you eat.

      1. cathylynn99 profile image76
        cathylynn99posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        it's called the gastro-colic reflex.

        1. profile image0
          klarawieckposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          That's me! Like the ducks! lol

  11. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 12 years ago

    There are a couple of things I find interesting about this thread, and one is that young people never think about it, unless you ask them.
    Older people tend to obsess. Especially those of pensionable age.

    Once a day keep most people happy as they age, and I simply cannot remember how many times a day when I was young. Not something I thought about - you need to go you need to go, that's it.

    I was a nurse for many years, and that was part of the ward routine to ask patients if they had defecated - we used to ask, "have you passed a stool today?"

    When I was in hospital her the nurses used to say "caca hoy?" which means have you had a sh*t today. I used to say si even when I didn't and ended up badly constipated LOL

    1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image83
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      This is an AWESOME thread.  I also think I just like you, Izzy.

      My Dad is 64. . . and he obsesses about "the system," as he calls it.  He eats cereal every day. . . for "the system."

      I'm going to have to tell the story about my younger brother being scared to poop in the dirty poop house at church camp!

  12. samofahmy profile image57
    samofahmyposted 12 years ago

    it varies from one person to another, fromm once a week to 3 times daily
    so how to know if someone is constipating? if number of his bowel motions is less than his habit.

  13. transinata profile image60
    transinataposted 12 years ago

    my doctor said, to prevent the hemorrhoid we should shoot once everyday.

  14. Don Bobbitt profile image84
    Don Bobbittposted 12 years ago

    Just a couple of weeks ago, I was watching one of the popular TV Docs.  He had a Guru on this subject, and he stated that; For the average person who eats the proper foods, and exercises regularly, they should Poop at least once a day and most should Poop multiple times a day.
    He also mentioned that if you only Poop once a day, you are carrying,on average 3-pounds of unprocessed food in your stomach. If you go for two days this goes up to five pounds.
    Another quick point; Get it out of your system!  Food waste carries a certain level of Toxic's that your body does not need to have around and that is why it is trying to get rid of it.

  15. Naomi's Banner profile image73
    Naomi's Bannerposted 12 years ago

    This is a rather unusual public topic.  I have heard from many nutritionists on this matter and they all say you should have two to three bowel movements a day.  Three being better than two.  If you drinking half your weight in ounces of water and eating your five cups of fruits and veggies along with excercise this should not be a problem.  If you are not going at least once a day you will end up with a serious problem eventually as this food if not passed on will rot in your intestines creating a whole mess of health issues.  If you are having trouble going then try the diet mentioned above and if this doesn't do the trick you should definately consult your doctor.

  16. SomewayOuttaHere profile image58
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 12 years ago

    ...ahhhhh...i see this one is back?  Get yor answer Mikey?...or did ya blow up?

  17. donotfear profile image84
    donotfearposted 12 years ago

    Hey!  I have a great idea!  Let's all examine our poop in the bowl, take pictures, and compare!

    1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image58
      SomewayOuttaHereposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      lol...where's that darn Mikey?...he should post the first pic!


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