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How often should I open my bowels?

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How often should I open my bowels?

A large majority of people open their bowels between three times a day and three times a week.

This fact is determined by:

How often you eat

How much you eat

What type of food you eat

Your level of activity and the state of your general health.

There can be no bowel movement if you do not eat food and drink fluids.
A large portion of the adult population is on a permanent “diet” to try and lose weight.
This same population expects the bowel to function normally.

You cannot expect to pass healthy stool if you do not provide the correct material for the formation of faeces.

Ideally, a healthy person on a diet that includes the correct proportions of indigestible food matter (Soluble Fibre, Insoluble Fibre, Resistant Starch, Fructooligosaccharides, etc) should be able to open or move the bowels every day or every second day.

The defecation reflex is initiated by the volume and content of a meal arriving into the stomach. A large meal will generate contraction waves that may lead to an urge to move the bowel.

If you eat three large meals per day, you may expect to move the bowel at least three times a day.

Most people only consume one large meal per day and experience one bowel movement per day.

How to heal and prevent Bowel disorders

Diet is not about what you should NOT eat, it’s about what you should include in the diet that matters.
As long as your diet includes the correct balance of plant foods containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch your colon will produce the perfectly formed stool. The important next step is to evacuate this stool without straining so that the body does not suffer from the pressures created each time the bowel is emptied.

In order to heal and prevent bowel disorders you need to make lifestyle changes that last the rest of your life time.

1. Include more fluids and plant food containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch in the diet so that the perfectly formed stool will be made in the colon and beneficial bacteria will flourish and eliminate disease causing bacteria and fungi.

2. Evacuate the perfectly formed stool by adopting the squat posture to eliminate the need to strain during bowel movements.

It is not possible or safe to squat on the modern raised toilet seat installed in all western homes and it is impossible to squat for any length of time if you have not done this from childhood onwards. This makes the use of any raised platforms impossible to adapt to.

The SquattLooStool is designed to allow you to adopt the squat posture while seated comfortably on your raised toilet seat.
The single best and easiest lifestyle change you will ever make, leading to a healthier body.