How often should I be pooping? - Aspire Natural Health

How often should I be pooping?

In this Episode Dr. Gerstmar discusses:
-What happens when we digest food
-How often we should be pooping
-One critical factor you need to be aware of when deciding whether your pooping is normal


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Hey Folks,

It’s Dr. Gerstmar from Aspire Natural Health, and in this quick video, I want to talk to you about a funny question that I get a lot.

Are you ready for it?

It’s “how often should I be pooping?”

Pooping or bowel movements if we want to sound official ,is something most of us don’t think about very often, or if we do, we’re making jokes or feeling embarrassed about it. But being able to poop is one of those things that you take for granted until you have a problem with it.

Let’s take one moment to discuss pooping and why we poop and then we can understand how often we should be pooping.


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So we consume food, or for much of our society, food-like substances as Michael Pollan so accurately reminds us. As that food goes through the beginning of our digestive system it is reduced into a liquid slurry, and then in the small intestine those tiny pieces are digested and most of the nutrition – like proteins, fat, and carbs, vitamins, minerals, etc – are absorbed into the body. While the non-nutritious stuff like fiber and other residues is left behind.

The left-overs are then passed into the large intestine where most of the water in that slurry is absorbed back into the body and the gut bacteria get to work on those leftovers. As those left-overs make their way along the large intestine they are solidified and shaped into turds and when they reach the end of the small intestine we get the signal that we need to go to the bathroom and have a bowel movement.

Now if those left-overs race through the large intestine there’s not enough time to absorb all that water and shape the turd so we end up with loose stools that break apart when they hit the toilet all the way up to fully liquid diarrhea.

On the other end of the spectrum if those left-overs move very slowly through the large intestine, it keeps sucking the water out and we end up with hard, dry, and painful ‘rabbit pellets’ of constipation.

So the point of pooping is to pass out all the waste and leftovers from the food we ate. If we pass things out too fast we don’t get to absorb all the nutrition out of food nor create a proper turd. If we move things too slowly we can back up the system, causing pain and discomfort and even making people toxic.

After all one of the points of pooping is to pass waste out of our system. And if that waste just sits and sits in your colon some of that waste can be reabsorbed back into the system making people feel terrible.

Alright, know that you have a better understanding of why we poop, we can ask how often we should poop.

Depending on who you read you will hear different answers. Conventional doctors often say that anything from 1x a day to 1x a week is normal. And different alternative sources will say that you need to be pooping 3x a day, once for every meal.


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I fall somewhere in between and say that for most people, eating a reasonable normal diet, having a daily bowel movement is just fine.

Now one of the things we need to keep in mind is, that how often we’re pooping depends majorly on what we’re eating. Remember poop is in large part the leftovers from what we’re eating (plus a lot of gut bacteria). So if we’re eating a high fiber plant rich diet there’s going to be a lot more volume to pass which means we may poop several times a day and a lot more a each time.

And if we’re eating a low-carb or ketogenic diet or a low fiber diet with very little residue we may not need to poop daily and when we do the bowel movement may be small. That doesn’t necessarily mean we’re constipated, it means there’s just not much volume that needs to come out.

Alright, so there you have it…

The point of pooping is to pass out the waste left over from the digestive process.

And like everything, context matters.

Most of us should be pooping daily. If we’re eating a fiber rich diet than we will often poop more than that, and if we’re eating a low-carb, keto, or low fiber diet we will often poop less than that, simply because there’s not a lot of residue left over.

The other thing to keep in mind is that pooping should be a mostly forgettable experience without pain, blood, or mucus. Diarrhea should be a rare thing, as should constipation or struggling to have a bowel movement. Many of these things are common in our society, but they’re not normal, and they’re worth seeing someone to get it checked out.

Because pooping totally is a laughing matter, but it’s also not a laughing matter.


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Until next time folks…Take care!


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7 Real Reasons for Constipation – How to stop suffering and needing laxatives


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