In this Episode Dr. Gerstmar discusses:
-There is no single, one, perfect poop
-Normal fluctuations in our bowels
-The characteristics of normal pooping – how often you should go, what it should look like
It’s Dr. Gerstmar from Aspire Natural Health, and in this quick video, I want to talk to you about pooping.
Last week I was sitting with a wonderful patient who said to me, “it’s been so long since I’ve had a normal bowel movement, I don’t even know what it is anymore.” And sadly, that’s a story I’ve heard many times over the years.
We always feel a little funny talking about pooping, right? Part of us is like ‘ewww, that’s gross…’ Part of us is like ‘hehehe, I’m a 4 year old, poop is funny…’
But here’s the thing. Just like the kids book tells us, everybody poops, because if we don’t, very bad things will happen.
When pooping works right, it’s something we barely notice we’re doing. And when it doesn’t work right, it’s something that takes over our lives.
So let’s talk about what normal pooping is.
And the first thing we have to say is there is no one, single, perfect, absolutely correct for everyone, pooping. There is a range of normal.
And, our own bowel habits are going to fluctuate. And that’s normal. What you eat, exercise, sleep, stress levels, and all the other pieces of the environment are going to effect your bowels. And that’s normal.
If you travel and get a little constipated, that’s normal. If you eat something that’s a little off and have some loose stools or diarrhea, that’s normal. Those little fluctuations that quickly go back to your normal, are all normal and okay.
It’s when something changes dramatically, and that change doesn’t go away that we start to get concerned.
So, understanding that there’s a range of normal, let’s talk about what’s in that range.
First off, normal bowel movements should not have blood, mucus, or undigested food in them. Yes, corn can pass through undigested and isn’t something you need to get worried about, but you shouldn’t be seeing a lot of undigested food in your poop.
Normal bowel movements shouldn’t be painful. Again, if it’s a ‘one time this one bowel movement hurt a little bit’, that’s not something to get worked up about. But, bowel movements in general should be pain free both at your rectum, and in your abdomen in general. Pooping isn’t supposed to hurt.
Now let’s talk about urgency. We’ve all had that experience of ‘having to go’. But when things are working properly, we should be able to hold it, at least for a while, and by a while I mean at least minutes to hours. When we can’t hold it, something is wrong.
Next is frequency, and you’ll find a lot of people giving opinions about how often you should be pooping. The answer here, again is, there’s a range of normal, and no one perfect answer. Part of frequency is going to depend on your diet. The more fiber you eat from things like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, the more volume or bigger your poops are going to be. The bigger they are, the more often you’re going to have to poop. Just think about it, the quicker your fill up ‘the trash’ the more often you’re going to have to take it out.
Most people eating a healthy plant and animal based diet are going to go between one and three times a day. Again, occasionally if you’re going more or less than that, that’s not something you need to worry about, but if you’re regularly off that, there might be something going on.
If you’re eating a low fiber diet, such as a keto diet or a carnivore diet, you may naturally poop less than that because there’s a lot less that needs to pass. Again, if you’re barely putting any trash in the trash can, you’re not going to have to take it out very often.
Lastly we need to talk about texture. Most people when they talk about texture refer to something called the Bristol stool scale. You can Google it to check it out. But in short it ranks poop on a 7 point scale.
On one end at number 1 we have our little rabbit pellets, constipation. On the other end at number 7 we have diarrhea. And around 3-4 we have normal bowel movements.
Now again things fluctuate, and that’s normal, so we’re not always going to have rock solid, perfect Bristol 4 bowel movements. But in general a perfectly normal healthy bowel movement is going to look like a smooth sausage or snake. It’s not going to be lumpy, bumpy, or crumbly and break apart when it hits the toilet.
So there you have it…
The most important thing to remember is that there is a range of normal, and our systems are always adjusting to what’s going on in our lives, from what we’re eating, to how we’re feeling, to the environment around us. Little fluctuations that return to normal are not something to get worked up over. But big changes that don’t go away are something that should be investigated.
Normal bowel movements are going to be pain-free, not contain any blood, mucus, or undigested food. Not have abnormal urgency. Happen typically about 1-3 times a day. And look like a sausage or snake and be light brown to medium brown in color.
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