Since pooping is so rarely talked about (even among our closest friends or family members!), a lot of people have questions about what’s “normal.” For example, it’s common to wonder: should I poop every day? If not, how often should I go to the bathroom? What are some other common constipation symptoms? And what are some remedies for constipation?

Beauties, I’m going to be real with you here: Everybody poops. We may not like to talk about it, but it’s simply a natural part of life. And it’s nothing to be ashamed of. But from time to time, we deal with problems in this department. And that can make it even more embarrassing to discuss.

Still, our bathroom habits can tell us a lot about how well our digestive systems — and our bodies in general — are functioning. So it’s important to pay attention to your elimination habits. Furthermore, it’s important to nip any issues in the bud ASAP.

Fret not. In the guide, I’m going to dig into the topic none of us like to bring up, but all of us find ourselves curious about: going number 2.

 

Should I poop every day?

Here’s the thing. Everybody’s body is unique, so it’s hard to define a specific “normal” frequency for pooping. That said, and there is no set “normal” when it comes to passing stools. That said, it’s said by some mainstream institutions that “normal” means pooping anywhere between once a day and once every three days. I would say that I definitely personally feel that the once every three days part of the spectrum is a bit too infrequent. Long-term like this allows toxicity to build up in your body and fester. Ideally, I feel that every day, with the occasional day you may skip is a good digestive goal.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, having three or fewer bowel movements in a week is considered constipation [1]. Meanwhile, a Healthline survey revealed that nearly half of people poop once a day, while 28 percent go twice a day and 11 percent go every other day. [2]

 

How do I know if I’m constipated?

Pooping three or fewer times a week isn’t the only way to identify whether you’re constipated. You may also notice that it’s more difficult to make a bowel movement and you have to strain. Or, you may notice that your stool is more dry, lumpy, and/or hard.

Either way, rest assured that constipation happens to pretty much everyone at one time or another for a variety of reasons (more on these in just a bit). For the most part, as long as it’s short-lived and not a consistent issue, it’s not much to be concerned about. For some, though, constipation becomes a chronic problem — in fact, a whopping 14 percent of the general population suffers from this condition, and many of those who have it have reported that it has a significant impact on their quality of life as well as work productivity [3].

Pooping is pretty important. It affects how we feel in our bodies, which then affects our moods and even our outlook on life. So it’s normal to ask yourself, should I poop every day? If you feel heavy and “stuck” in your body, that can translate to how you start to feel about your world. In contrast, feeling light reminds us of how much creative potential we have, and puts us in the mode of feeling powerful and inspired.

This is why it’s best to identify the cause of your constipation quickly. This way you can address it before it impedes your ability to live a healthy, happy life. Because no matter how often you deal with constipation or the severity of the condition, it can be downright uncomfortable to deal with.

 

What causes constipation?

There is a vast range of factors that can contribute to constipation. Some of the most common causes include taking certain medications (especially anti-depressants and antacids), laxative abuse, mental and emotional health factors (such as anxiety), stress in general, dehydration, overuse of caffeine, and poor nutrition (especially inadequate fiber intake).

Certain chronic illnesses, like IBS, or Crohn’s disease, can also be the culprit. It’s important to note if there have been any changes to your diet, lifestyle, mental health, or medications since you’ve begun experiencing constipation. That way, you can start getting to the root of the problem (and find a solution!).

The bottom line is that everybody occasionally experiences changes in their bowel movements. And furthermore, we all might have different triggers that affect us more noticeably. For me, it’s traveling a lot. I find that when I’m jet-setting around and my routine has been thrown out of whack a bit, my bathroom habits will reflect that. Same thing when I’m going through some stress or a string of later night events or whatever. If your constipation is affecting your life in a noticeable way, though, or lasting longer than a few days, then it’s cause for concern.

 

How can I prevent constipation?

No one likes to feel constipated. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to ward off this pesky problem.

Did you know that exercise can impact your bowel movements? Physical activity encourages peristalsis, the intestinal movement that pushes digested food through your system so it can be eliminated as a stool.

Diet is also a big one to pay attention to in regards to this unpleasant issue. As you may or may not know, fiber plays a major role in keeping your bathroom habits “regular.” Studies have shown that a fiber-rich diet not only softens and bulks up the stool but can ward off constipation by accelerating the stool transit time [4].

According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommended dietary allowances, men between the ages of 31 and 50 should consume about 38 grams of fiber a day, while women in that age range should eat at least 25 grams [5]. Those requirements decrease by about 5 to 8 grams for men and women 51 and older.

Increasing your fiber intake is a great place to start in terms of warding off constipation.

Of course, it’s advisable to make these changes gradually to avoid any GI discomfort, like bloating. As for high-fiber foods, you may have heard that prunes are a phenomenal pick. This is because they’re high in fiber as well as sorbitol (a carbohydrate that is structured similarly to sugar), which is a natural laxative.

But in fact, there are lots of other stellar choices that can be equally if not more effective. For example, apples, pears, and plums are all not only high in fiber, but also high in pectin. (One medium-sized apple contains 4.4 grams or 17 percent of the RDI!) Which, by the way, can help to soften the stool and move it through the GI tract faster by pulling water into the colon [6, 7]. In fact, one study found that pectin can improve constipation symptoms as well as boost beneficial bacteria in the gut [8]. Note that sweet potatoes and citrus fruits are chock-full of pectin as well.

Speaking of fruit, kiwi is a great food to incorporate into your diet if you’re dealing with constipation. In one study, people who ate two kiwifruits daily for a month experienced more spontaneous bowel movements and an overall increased satisfaction with their bowel habits [9].

Let’s not forget about our veggies, either.

Leafy greens are particularly high in fiber. And broccoli is a particularly excellent choice as it contains sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is a substance that can ease digestion and prevent certain microorganisms that impede digestion from getting out of control. One 2017 study revealed that people who ate 20 grams of raw broccoli sprouts every day for four weeks had fewer symptoms of constipation. They also had quicker bowel movements than those who consumed the same amount of alfalfa sprouts [10].

As you may know, beans and legumes (chickpeas, lentils, etc.) are fiber powerhouses that can ease (and fend off) constipation. Nuts are packed with fiber as well. A 1-ounce serving of almonds, for example, offers 3.5 grams. When it comes to fiber-dense foods, it’s pretty tough to beat chia seeds. They contain a staggering 10.6 grams per 1-ounce serving (that’s 42 percent of your daily needs!). Not only that, but these seeds can absorb up to 12 times their own weight in water while moving through your GI tract. This means they can help add some bulk to stools, making them easier to pass.

I think fiber can be very helpful. Yet stress, emotional and mental factors also can affect digestion and contribute to constipation, and not releasing as much as often. And even if you are going every day in general, you may not be releasing as fully and completely as you could.

 

For these and other reasons, I created Detoxy+.

Detoxy is a nutritional supplement that can aid in gently yet effective eliminating waste and toxins. (Plus, it does this without the risks that come with traditional laxatives and fiber supplements).

Here’s how it works. Detoxy+ releases a compound called magnesium oxide into your digestive system. This compound helps to loosen and break down acidic waste in your colon and soften your stool. Thus, making it easier to go to the bathroom without any struggle. The best part? It’s non-habit-forming and totally safe to use. So you can enhance your detoxification efforts while reducing gas, bloating and constipation without any concerning drawbacks.

I took it every day for a few years, as I was getting over some serious bloating, candida and digestive issues. Now I take it several times a week still, to keep my body cleared of toxin buildup. And also because there is an anti-aging element to consuming the nascent oxygen.

The less toxicity we have, the healthier, more energized and beautiful we become.

Why? Because toxicity is foreign to our body, not natural. It weighs us down. When we clear it out, our bodies can use their innate intelligence to repair and rejuvenate to a higher degree.

When I travel I do still take it every day. Some people say to me that they go every day and so they don’t need it. But as much as you go, I think you’d be surprised how much more can be in there! And remember, Detoxy+ is not habit-forming and won’t mess up your natural digestion. (You know, like the way that laxatives cause evacuation by irritation, so can weaken your natural peristalsis over time). So you can rest assured in taking it regularly.

If you’re experiencing other digestive symptoms with your constipation, it’s advisable to see your doctor to rule out any chronic conditions. I am talking about severe abdominal pain, bloody stool, or a lack of bowel movements for four or more days. Otherwise, some simple dietary and lifestyle changes (plus this incredibly helpful and life-changing little supplement!) should help get your gut back on track. After all, going number 2 should simply feel like a fact of life — not an unnecessary stressor!

I hope this helps answer your question, should I poop every day. It is a common question to have Beauty. So know that you are not alone. We are here for you!

Lots of love,

 

Sources


1. NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

https://medlineplus.gov/constipation.html

2. Healthline

https://www.healthline.com/health/american-gut-check#1

3. Digestive & Liver Disease

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1590865813001163#bib0010

4. Chronic Constipation: A Critical Review

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1590865813001163#bib0010

5. National Academy of Sciences: Dietary Reference Intakes Tables and Application

http://nationalacademies.org/HMD/Activities/Nutrition/SummaryDRIs/DRI-Tables.aspx

6. Diets for Constipation

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4291444/

7. Effect of dietary fiber on constipation: A meta analysis

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3544045/

8. Clinical benefits after soluble dietary fiber supplementation: a randomized clinical trial in adults with slow-transit constipation

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25623312