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Normal Bowel Movement Frequency

"Pastor...I don't think my fiance POOPS enough!"
minister: African American Reverend preaching in church stock photos

For those of you who know our story, you recognize those words as those of my now husband to our then Pastor...in premarital counseling of all places!!!

I looked at him like he had just lost his mind! He had never told me this before, and why he picked THAT moment to let it rip, I don't know. Well, I couldn't believe it. Our pastor couldn't believe it. Others I told later couldn't believe it.

So was it true? You better believe it! [Read our whole story or download our radio interview and hear our story all on our About Us page]

I didn't know it then, but I was seriously constipated. At that time my bowels only moved once every 2-3 days. That well meaning Pastor said that perhaps that was "normal" for me and that everyone is different.

Sounded good to me just as it may sound good to some of you. But how do you know what "normal" is? 

That's exactly what this week's tip is all about!

He was right about everyone being different, but he was wrong, too. If all is operating as it should, everyone will eliminate at different frequencies.  BUT that frequency will be based on the same thing for everyone: how often you eat.

And I mean LITERALLY everything you eat! I stress this because many of us think (for some odd reason) that some things we eat don't count. Like the snack here, or the little taste there, or the candy bar every now and then.

Your body is very efficient. EVERY TIME you put food into your mouth, no matter how small, your body absolutely has to do something with it -- it doesn't just disapper.  In fact, your body breaks it down into what it can use and eliminates the waste that is FOR SURE created. Yes, waste is created every time you put food into your mouth.

So, where do you think that waste goes?  As I mentioned, if all is operating as it should, that waste is eliminated.  If it's not eliminated, again I ask -- where do you think that waste goes?  But that's the subject of another tip!

So here's how you know what is a "normal" bowel movement frequency: your bowels should move at least as often as you eat.

So if you eat 2 meals and 2 snacks a day, your bowels should move at least 4 times a day. If you snack all day but eat just one big meal, your bowels should move an equivalent number of small times with one big movement a day.

So I challenge you: pay attention the next few days to what you eat (no cheating - EVERYTHING you eat!) and how many times you eliminate.  This is important so write it down if you have to!

Keep in mind that you're not eliminating what you ate that day in the same day (at least most of our digestive systems don't work that fast). Usually you eliminate what you eat one day, during the next/following day. But none of that matters for the purpose of this week's tip -- it's the frequency we're looking at.  So today's movements should be eliminating yesterday's meals and snacks, but the number of times you eliminate should at least equal the times you ate yesterday.

As you may already know, a 'backed-up bowel' can cause a slew of problems:  

  • Fatigue
  • Constipation, Gas and bloating, Diarrhea
  • Frequent infections (colds, flus)
  • Skin problems (acne, eczema)
  • Depression, or Irritability
  • Colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Acid Reflux
  • PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
  • Parasites and Tapeworms
  • Allergies, or asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Cancer
  • Do you experience some of these symptoms or suffer from some of these diseases? If so, you can't afford not to take a serious look at how much goes in your body and compare it to how much comes out.

    But this tip is for everyone.  I hope you take my challenge seriously and keep track of how often and how much you eat, and how often you eliminate in the next several days.

    Contact us if you have any questions from what you discover about yourself.  We would love to help you become 'normal' for real.