We’ve been conditioned for years that it’s not polite to talk about your bathroom habits, but while it might not be polite to talk about them in general company, it is wise to monitor them and understand what’s normal for your body and what might not be right.
What’s Normal And What’s Not?
The simple answer is that across the board, there is no such thing as normal. There are countless variables that go into your bowel habits that will be different from anyone else. Even your own routine can shift day to day depending on certain things including how much water you drank that day, what you ate, if you’re taking medications, or if you are dealing with a changing health condition. Some people poop regularly, every day at the same time, while others may only go once every few days.
So if there’s no real normal, how do you know if you need to seek medical attention? It’s important to understand your own schedule and habits and make sure you take note of any changes. If you see a change that sticks around long term, it’s time to visit the team at Concorde Gastroenterology. There are a few major warning signs you shouldn’t ignore including blood in your stool, a change in consistency that lasts for more than a few days, a change in the color of your poop, diarrhea that lasts long term, or constipation for an extended period. Additionally, if you’ve been dealing with chronic a poop issue for a while, you should schedule an evaluation as well.
What Can I Do On My Own?
Healthy poopers usually have some things in common. Your body and digestive tract responds best to eating unprocessed foods, fiber rich veggies, lots of water, maintaining a regular exercise routine, and eating foods and probiotics that ensure proper healthy gut bacteria. If you’re experiencing a change in GI health, it can sometimes be remedied by simple diet and lifestyle changes. The bottom line is that it’s up to you to understand your own body and make sure you contact Concorde Gastro when you observe changes.