How Many Bowel Movements Should You Have Every Day?

NutritionFacts .org
NutritionFacts .org
24 Feb 2020

Most people have between 3 bowel movements a day and 3 a week, but normal doesn’t necessarily mean optimal.

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I know people are suckers for poop videos—I’m so excited to finally be getting these up! There actually was a recent one though--Diet and Hiatal Hernia ( --that talks about the consequences of straining on stool. Hernias are better than Bed Pan Death Syndrome, though—that’s what I talk about in in my next video, Should You Sit, Squat, or Lean During a Bowel Movement? ( a-bowel-movement)

I do have some older videos on bowel health:
• Stool Size Matters (
• Food Mass Transit (
• Bulking Up on Antioxidants (
• Prunes vs. Metamucil vs. Vegan Diet (
• Breast Cancer and Constipation (

For more on this concept of how having “normal” health parameters in a society where it’s normal to drop dead of heart attacks and other such preventable fates, see my video When Low Risk Means High Risk (

Have a question for Dr. Greger about this video? Leave it in the comment section at and he'll try to answer it!

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