How often should we clean up? You are likely to get an answer three times a day to once every three days if you use the internet.

There is room for substantial variation. When you feel the urge is the true answer.

If you put off the urge to poo and slow down the transit time, you may be at higher risk of problems such as diverticulosis and hemorrhoids.

The golden rule of gastroenterology is to always listen to the call to stool when the urge strikes.

Eating often triggers the urge

In the early 20th century, scientists discovered that eating food opened your bowels and they referred to it as the gastro-colic reflex. It is most potent after a fast and after breakfast.

Babies void their bowels when they need to. We learn to suppress this call to stool as soon as we can make decisions for ourselves.

Learning to control one's bowels is an important step in one's development, but some of us take it too far, if we ignore it for a while, it will go away.

Suppressing this urge can lead to symptoms.

  • There is a problem with constipation.

  • There is abdominal pain.

  • There are variable and unpredictable bowel habits.

  • It was bloated.

  • The wind is blowing.

  • Matter is slower transit through our body.

Knowing your 'transit time'

We probably know how often we open our bowels, but not many of us. How long does it take for the food you eat to leave the other end?

Slow transit can be caused by a number of issues, including a sudden urge to poo, scurvy, and constipation.

You can measure it by swallowing a few raw sweetcorn kernels and looking for the yellow ones in your poo.

How long should it take for them to show up? It should be between 8 and 24 hours.

A longer transit time

No one is arguing that you should not have bowels.

Getting into the habit of putting it off causes the food to stay in your body longer than it should. Your quality of life is affected by the length of your transit time.

We produce about six tons of poo in our lifetimes, composed of water,bacteria, nitrogenous matter, carbohydrates, undigested plant matter, and lipids.

The longer this mix of stuff is inside us, the more prone it is to ferment and break down.

This produces chemicals that sit in contact with the bowel lining and can be absorbed.

The idea of auto-intoxication from the colon has been around for a while. Blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm were thought to contribute to an imbalance of the four body humor, which were critical for good health, from the time of the ancient Greeks.

The temperance movement in the United States in the 19th century led to the development of breakfast cereals to deal with both poor morals and constipation.

A longer transit time is associated with a higher risk of serious gastrointestinal problems.

  • Colorectal cancer.

  • There are colonic polyps.

  • diverticulosis is a disease.

  • They have gallstones.

  • Hemorrhoids.

Slow transit is linked to changes in thebacteria that live in our intestines.

Slow transit may be linked to a wider range of diseases.

A healthy habit

Increasing the amount of fiber and fluids in your diet, exercising regularly, and being in touch with your colon can improve your bowel habits.

Some people are using cognitive behavioral therapy.

When your colon calls, you should listen.

Martin Veysey is a professor at the University ofNewcastle.

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