Again, it%u2019s about what%u2019s normal for you. As a rule of thumb, three bowel movements per day to three per week are considered normal. There are many things that can temporarily influence the frequency of your bowel movements and are not a cause for concern. Diet, travel, medications, hormonal fluctuations, sleep patterns, exercise, illness, surgery, childbirth, stress, are just some of the factors that can set you back.
You also need to observe the strain you need to push your poop out %u2013 defecating should be as easy as urinating or passing gas. Excessive effort can signal that something isn%u2019t right.
Some Things You Can Do To Help You Move Your Bowels
%u2022Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Make sure you get enough fresh fruits and vegetables, which are the best sources of fiber. To boost your fiber intake, you can also add psyllium and freshly ground organic flax seed to your diet.
%u2022Avoid processed foods, and foods that contain a lot of sugar (especially artificial sweeteners) and chemical additives.
%u2022Keep a balanced gut flora by enjoying probiotic products, such as sauerkrauts, pickles. Be especially careful to replenish your beneficial gut bacteria after a course of antibiotics. If probiotic food doesn%u2019t do it for you, get a good probiotic supplement.
%u2022Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.