Nicholas Rush, RDN, CDNFebruary 2, 2023
Generally your poop should be soft, sausage-shaped and easy to pass. Type 3 or 4 on the Bristol Stool Chart is ideal!
Bristol Stool Chart
When it comes to the frequency of pooping it can vary from several times per day to several times per week. Everyone poops and everyone poops on a different schedule. However, a sudden change in bowel habits can be a sign that something is off.
Most common causes of changes in bowel frequency or consistency are inadequate fiber intake, dehydration, lack of movement, changes in normal routine, travel, and even stress.
Type 1 and 2 generally indicate constipation. Without the presence of a medical condition some techniques to ease constipation include being sure to consume adequate amounts of fiber, hydrate well, and moderate exercise.
Type 5, 6, & 7 generally indicate diarrhea. Without the presence of a medical condition some techniques to resolve diarrhea include stress management, adequate soluble fiber intake, and reducing your caffeine intake.
Some more serious causes of irregular bowel movements include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticular disease, endocrine conditions, food allergies and intolerances, and infections.
If you experience sudden changes in bowel habits, like persistent constipation or diarrhea, painful defecation, blood in the stool, or urgency to go while sleeping seek medical care.
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Nicholas Rush, RDN, CDN
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