Sono un medico di base – ecco quanto spesso DOVREBBE fare la cacca e come dovrebbe essere

THERE is something very embarrassing about talking about bathroom habits.

But like it or not, everyone 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 orderCredito: Getty

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

Some of these you can’t influenceeven if fed an identical dieta, some people would open their bowels more often than others,” lei ha aggiunto.

tuttavia, 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, come inflammatory bowel disease or diverticular disease, can lead to frequent, loose bowel motions,” lei ha aggiunto.

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,” lei spiegò.

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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,” lei disse.

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.

Type 1: Seperate hard lumps

Type 2: Lumpy and sausage like

Type 3: A susage shape with cracks in the surface

Type 4: Like a smooth, soft sausage or snake

Type 5: Soft blobs with clear-cut edges

Type 6: Mushy consistency with ragged edges

Type 7: Liquid consistency with no solid pieces

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

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

Examples of fibrous foods include: vegetables, fruits, impulsi, 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,” lei aggiunge.

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.

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