How Many Bowel Movements Should You Have Every Day?

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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 (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/diet-and-hiatal-he --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? (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/should-you-sit-squ a-bowel-movement)

I do have some older videos on bowel health:
• Stool Size Matters (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/stool-size-matters
• Food Mass Transit (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/food-mass-transit/
• Bulking Up on Antioxidants (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/bulking-up-on-anti
• Prunes vs. Metamucil vs. Vegan Diet (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/prunes-vs-metamuci
• Breast Cancer and Constipation (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/Breast-Cancer-and-

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 (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/when-low-risk-mean

Have a question for Dr. Greger about this video? Leave it in the comment section at http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/how-many-bowel-mov and he'll try to answer it!

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