What is a Regular Bowel Movement? Steel Stool Tips & More
To say we're number one in number twos at Steel Stool is an understatement. We've certainly done our research regarding what makes for a good bowel movement and why so many of us aren't going as regularly as we'd like to. It's not something most of us feel comfortable talking about with our doctors, let alone our friends and other loved ones. But many people face difficulty with bowel movements due to infrequency, pain, or anything else. In that case, it's time you learn what's normal and what's not and how Steel Stool might be able to help.
What is the standard frequency of bowel movements?
There’s a common belief that if you’re healthy, having a daily bowel movement is normal. Yet this is not necessarily true. As a matter of fact, the "normal" range varies significantly from person to person. Health experts agree the range for bowel movements is from three times a day to three times a week. A person that has less than three movements per week is considered constipated. In contrast, a person with three or more loose stools per day is considered to have diarrhea.
What is constipation?
Most adults will encounter constipation at some point in their lives. It is estimated to be the cause of some 2.5 million doctor visits here in the United States each year. Constipation is defined as a hard, dry, and lumpy stool that is not only difficult, but also painful, to pass. Classic symptoms of constipation are usually bloating and discomfort.
Persistent dehydration, lack of exercise, and low amounts of dietary fiber can all contribute to constipation. The solution is usually relatively straightforward. Drink enough water each day, get at least 30 minutes of exercise, and increase your daily fiber intake.
Though we can't help with your water intake and your daily exercise regimen, at Steel Stool, we can assist with your fiber regimen. Our proprietary blend of psyllium husk, cinnamon, chicory, and aloe vera will support your digestive system. Explore our range of products to help you stay regular.
What are the complications of constipation?
There isn't an adult in this country that won't suffer from constipation at one point in their life. Many people don't realize that without regular bowel movements, the occasional bout of constipation can quickly go from being more than uncomfortable to a dire situation.
Straining or forcing your body to pass a bowel movement could lead to the development of hemorrhoids or an anal fissure, which is a tear in the skin of the anal canal. Another potential issue is fecal impaction. When the stool becomes hardened, it lodges itself in the intestine and won't move. This situation can require treatment in a hospital or a doctor's office if it gets severe.
The most critical situation is a rectal prolapse, where part of the rectum can come out of the anus. Though this can be treated at home, most health experts would agree you see a doctor, as the situation requires some sort of surgery. Clearly, constipation is a problem that you shouldn’t overlook.
What is diarrhea?
On the other end of the spectrum is diarrhea, which is loose, watery stool that occurs more than three times a day. The majority of adults will experience some form of diarrhea in their lifetime. For most of us, it will last a day or two and will not need any treatment. The causes of it include infection, a food intolerance, or the side effect of a medication. But if the diarrhea lasts longer than that, call your doctor. Untreated diarrhea can lead to severe dehydration, which can require emergency care.
What color and consistency should my stool be?
A healthy bowel movement should be soft and easy to pass. However, some people may have somewhat harder or softer stools than others. In general, a stool should be brown or a light brown in color, be cohesive in formation, have a texture similar to that of peanut butter, and a size and shape similar to a sausage.
Bear in mind that this is just a general description. A stool can vary from this description, and if it does, there's no cause for alarm. But there are several red flags that your bowel movements will give you in the event there’s a more severe problem. They include some of the following:
- Blood in the stool - This is never normal, nor is it ever a good sign. It could be a sign of several conditions ranging from hemorrhoids or an infection, to more severe issues such as colon cancer.
- Black or tarry stools - This type of stool consistency is also associated with a foul smell. It could be the result of eating certain foods or taking a high dose of iron supplements. But it could also be the result of internal bleeding high up in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Green stools - This may result from eating artificially colored foods, iron supplements, or decreased colonic transit time.
- Red or maroon stools - This could be caused by eating red-colored foods or, more seriously, hemorrhoids, diverticular bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, or colon cancer.
A regular bowel movement and Steel Stool
If there's one thing that many people are reluctant to talk about with their friends, family, and doctors, it's bowel movements. Whether they're irregular, messy, or uncomfortable, at Steel Stool, we can help. With our premium fiber supplements taken twice daily, we'll have you regular within a few days. The anxiety you once felt concerning your bowel movements will be a thing of the past. Now you'll be able to focus on the more essential things in your life. Take this opportunity to learn why Steel Stool is number one in number twos!