How many times a day do you have bowel movements? Did you know that ideally, we should go to the bathroom once per every meal? However, we might feel it is normal to go to the bathroom just once a day, and in many cases not even that often, or resort to the use of laxatives. Keep reading to find out why it is so important to fight constipation as well as some natural tips to do so.
In this article, we’ll explain the truth about constipation and the fundamental reasons you should treat it, if possible, with food and/or natural supplements to prevent many health problems in the future.
What happens when we’re constipated?
When we suffer from constipation regularly and randomly, due to circumstantial reasons (such as dietary changes, stress, etc. ), the fecal remains that we do not excrete accumulate in our gut and increase the proliferation of bacteria. Some bacteria is healthy when it is in balance, but when the levels increase and waste ferments or rots, we can suffer from some of the health problems discussed below.
The absorption of toxins
The colon is where nutrients are transferred into the bloodstream. Unfortunately, if we suffer constipation, the harmful substances that enter the blood through the intestinal walls are toxins and poisons that will spread throughout the body. This causes our body to gradually intoxicate itself and generate degenerative or chronic diseases, inflammation, cysts or tumors, joint problems, skin problems, an overload of the liver and kidneys, etc.
The proliferation of parasites
Intestinal parasites appear in an intestine that has been overloaded with toxins, as previously mentioned. The best known is Candida, but there are other common types, such as lamblias, roundworms or tapeworms, which generally produce the following symptoms:
- Eating disorders (excess or lack of appetite for no apparent reason)
- Puffy eyes
- Anxiety and nervousness
- Itching on the tip of the nose, eyes or in the anal area
- Dilated pupils
- Worsening of bowel disorders (constipation, diarrhea )
- Insomnia for no apparent reason
Inflammation of the intestinal walls
If we don’t suffer from constipation frequently, we need not be alarmed. However, if we suffer constipation throughout our lives or for long periods of time, we do need to put a stop to it, as it can also cause progressive inflammation of the intestinal wall, which will worsen if we’re also consuming medical or even natural laxatives, such as senna.
Our intestinal walls are also linked to our immune system, so if they are affected, we may suffer recurrent flus, sore throats, colds, allergies, etc.
So… how many times?
If we eat three meals a day, we should also be experiencing bowel movements three times a day at regular times. This might be unrealistic for most people, but it should at least be twice to make sure that our intestines are working properly. It will also depend on how much we excrete.
What should stool look like?
Other barometers to consider, in addition the number of bowel movements, include:
- Smell: It should not be too odorous. If it is, it is a sign of the putrefaction and fermentation of food we have not digested properly. Yes there are some foods that can give off a stronger odor, like onions or cabbage.
- Texture: The texture should be normal, not too dry (as often happens in constipation) or too soft (more common in most vegetarian diets).
- Color: The color should be medium brown, but we also know that some foods such as beets or green leafy vegetables can stain stool.
- Do they float? Some stool floats in the toilet, and the most common reasons may be excessive gastrointestinal gas or the malabsorption of fats. First, we must learn to chew better, avoid foods that cause flatulence, and be alert to possible food intolerances. Second, the assimilation of fats is directly related to the liver and gallbladder, so we can take any medicinal herb to help these organs, such as boldo, milk thistle or dandelion.
When we have a bowel movement, we should be able to have it without much effort, without getting a feeling of not having emptied the bowels.
Before receiving any treatment, we recommend consulting a physician or therapist.
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