Being regular does not simply mean going to the bathroom often, but it also means using the facilities to relieve yourself at the same time every day. For some people, pooping is like clockwork. As soon as they wake up, it’s time to use the bathroom, and the cycle repeats every day.

However, not everyone is as lucky as those people, and most of us are unable to control the time when we need to poop. It just hits us. It’s not always as simple as going when nature calls, and it can call at inopportune moments, like while on a road trip, in the middle of a hike or during a swim.

Some people have major anxiety issues when it comes to using the bathroom and prefer to hold it until they are in the comfort of their own home. This isn’t a good idea, as constantly resorting to this holding-in pattern can lead to some rather difficult health issues, like constipation, bloating, and abdominal pain.

So what time is the best time to poop? According to Dr. Kenneth Koch, it is right when you wake up. “For most people, the best time and their regular time is in the morning,” he says.

The morning poo is more important than we can imagine. When we sleep, our small intestines and colon are busy processing the food we ate the day before. By the morning, the waste is ready to be released.

However, a regular poo schedule only works if you stay consistent. If you establish a regular poo routine, your bowels and your body will be grateful.

“You can think of 100 reasons you don’t have time, but have that breakfast, recognize the urge to have a bowel movement, and then take the time. That’s how you get into a regular movement,” Dr. Koch says.

When your bowels are working consistently and timely, you can find yourself being more content, as it can also help eliminate problems like gas and bloating.

Related: 10 Foods That Help You Poop


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