You may not think of it as polite conversation, but have you ever analyzed your bowel movement habits? Your bowel movements can say a lot about your health.
Yes, even things that you feel are inconsequential, like how much time you spend on the toilet, can be part of the bigger picture for your health. If you are concerned about your bowel movement habits, make a note of these tips that should reassure you as well as guide you towards healthy bowel activity.
Going to the Bathroom More Than Once a Day Is Normal
No rule says you should be restricted to only one bowel movement a day. The director of New York-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine’s Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman, said that although people use the restroom once or twice a day on average, it is also fine to have more bowel movements daily. It is even normal to not go to the toilet for one, two, or even three days at a stretch occasionally.
Dr. Schnoll-Sussman further explained that when it comes to bowel movements, there is also no hard and fast rule of what is or is not normal. The situation can vary from person to person. But what if a person who usually only has one bowel movement a day suddenly starts to go to the restroom four or five times a day? In that case, it could be anything from eating something contaminated to getting diarrhea, or something caused by a healthy change such as adding more fiber to the diet.
In general, you do not need to worry about an odd day’s multiple visits to the bathroom (unless you have frequent stomach issues that are hampering your daily life or health, or putting you in socially awkward situations).
It Is Okay to Have a Different Daily Timing for Using the Bathroom
Going to the bathroom regularly is a good thing because it indicates that your digestive system is healthy. However, you need not make a big deal of not maintaining the same daily timing in visiting the toilet.
Although many people like to use the restroom in the morning, it is mostly because everyone usually has their heaviest meal in the evening. So there is ample time for digestion to take place during the night.
Moreover, a flat-lying down position closes off the bowel, which means that one doesn’t feel enough pressure to wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom. But the minute they get up in the morning, pressure builds up as the bowel opens, and everything moves downward.
Another common bowel movement time is the evening. It is influenced by an individual’s daily routine and has nothing to do with biology. The evening is mostly when people head back home from work and are in a more relaxed state to have a bowel movement, according to Lisa Ganjhu from the NYU Langone Medical Center.