أنا طبيب عام – here’s how often you SHOULD be pooing and what it should look like

THERE is something very embarrassing about talking about bathroom habits.

But like it or not, وانتقدت أمي المراهقة فرح أبراهام ووصفت بأنها "مثيرة للاشمئزاز poops, and we really should be talking about it if we want to know what’s normal and when we need to seek medical help.

It's worth keeping on eye on your bowel habits so you know when a visit to the GP is in order

It’s worth keeping on eye on your bowel habits so you know when a visit to the GP is in orderالإئتمان: جيتي

Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and clinical director of Patientaccess.com explained that bowel movements are affected by ahuge range of factors”.

Some of these you can’t influenceeven if fed an identical حمية, some people would open their bowels more often than others,” هي اضافت.

ومع ذلك, it’s still worth keeping on eye on your bowel habits so you know when a visit to the GP is in order.

How many poos a day is normal?

According to Dr Sarah most people have afairly regular pooing pattern”.

Studies suggest 98 per cent of people go between three times a day and three times a week.

And many people tend to go at about the same time every day.

Some medical conditions, مثل inflammatory bowel disease or diverticular disease, can lead to frequent, loose bowel motions,” هي اضافت.

But if you don’t have an underlying medical condition directly affecting your bowels, many of the factors that determine how often you open your bowels relate to your diet and lifestyle,” شرحت.

Physical activity, على سبيل المثال, can help stimulate peristalsisco-ordinated movements of the rings of muscle around your bowels that propel food through your digestive system.

So being physically active isn’t just good for fitness levelsit can help keep you regular too.

What consistency is normal?

Many medicines can cause looser stools or constipation as a side effect, the expert said.

Some of these include:

If you’re taking medication and you feel it might be linked to constipation, your pharmacist will be happy to advise,” قالت.

Your poo is made up of a combination of food that hasn’t been absorbed into your system, waste products, bacteria that live naturally in your gut and water.

What should your poop look like?

There are seven types of poop, according to the Bristol Stool Chart, and the type you expel depends on how long it spent in your bowel.

But your overall health also plays a role in what your poo looks like.

Based on the stool chart, types one and two indicate constipation, types three and four are the ideal poos and types five to seven indicate diarrhoea.

يكتب 1: Seperate hard lumps

يكتب 2: Lumpy and sausage like

يكتب 3: A susage shape with cracks in the surface

يكتب 4: Like a smooth, soft sausage or snake

يكتب 5: Soft blobs with clear-cut edges

يكتب 6: Mushy consistency with ragged edges

يكتب 7: Liquid consistency with no solid pieces

Changes to your diet and lifestyle can alter all of these,” شرحت.

Including more fibre in your diet can help helpsbulk out your stools”, allowing you to go more regularly and with less straining, she explains.

Examples of fibrous foods include: خضروات, fruits, pulses, beans and lentils

If you’re dehydrated, more water from your gut will be reabsorbed into your system.

This makes poos smaller, harder and more difficult to pass,” she adds.

Keeping an eye on what’s ‘normalfor you though is crucial, as is being aware of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer.

The five red-flag symptoms of bowel cancer include:

  • Bleeding from the back passage, or blood in your poo
  • A change in your normal toilet habitsgoing more frequently for example
  • Pain or a lump in your tummy
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Losing weight

If you notice any changes to your usual habits, don’t be embarrassed, speak to your GP.

The Sun launched the No Time 2 Lose campaign في أبريل 2018 – to call on the Government to lower the screening age to 50 and raise symptom awareness.

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