How Much Poop Is Normal?|Importance Of Capacity To Hold Your Poop|Inadequate Poop Consistency

Pooping and Its Direct Relation to a Human’s Health

Pooping is no big secret, but the type of your excretion has a direct relation to your internal health. The texture, colour and consistency of your poop indicate how your internal systems are functioning and might come off as an early bird symptom of some serious illnesses coming your way. Well, we agree that it is absolutely disgusting to look at the poop once it comes out from our anus, but it actually is a smart move that can well-guard an individual against future uncertainties.

How Much Poop Is Normal?

For getting a clear understanding of the digestive health of people, a survey was conducted and following are some of the factors that were considered as directly or indirectly related to poop that further affect the health of an individual:-

Ideal Bowel Movement: How Much Poop Is Normal?

Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to poop once daily for being branded under the category of having ideal bowel movement. During the survey it was found that 50% of the respondents pooped once daily, which they thought of to be the normal rate, however, the ideal rate can be anywhere in between thrice daily to thrice weekly. The amount of fibre consumption on a daily basis can have a significant impact on our bowel discharge. Exercising and drinking are also known to have a deep-rooted impact on bowel flow or our poop.

Why Do Most People Poop In The Morning?

The majority of the individuals agreed to have a morning bowel movement. The underlying cause behind this is that the food consumed by us throughout the day is processed by our digestive system at night registering an early morning bowel discharge. Research studies have also revealed that having a steaming cup of coffee in the morning can accentuate the bowel movement with its acidic nature.

What Does The Poop Of Most People Look Like?

Majority of people agreed to the fact that their poop looked similar to a sausage which can either be cracked or smoothened on the surfacQe area and they thought that it’s a sign of a healthy body; however, one needs to understand the fact that both hard and soft stools can be indicative of poor digestive health. As such there is no need to worry; however, if you experience any sudden changes in you poop, you should prefer consulting your physician to detect the exact underlying cause and treating it well on time.

The Importance Of Capacity To Hold Your Poop

Imagine, travelling to your office via metro and suddenly your tummy starts rumbling. Nothing can make you happier at this particular moment but a washroom; however, one may not be always lucky enough. Capacity to hold in your poop in such a situation is an indication which the scientists consider in determining the health of an individual. Inability of the individual to hold up the stools in such a situation refers to inefficiency of the muscles of the anus and this condition is normally observed in old aged individuals.

Constipation vs. Diarrhea: The Poop Enemies

Research studies suggest that the chances of diarrhea were much greater than that of constipation. About 36% of the sample surveyed, suffered from diarrhea about once a month fuelled by food intolerance and poor diet. Serious health hazards, such as food poisoning can also cause diarrhea. About the same number of individuals agreed to have suffered from constipation on a regular basis. Various factors such as intestinal obstructions and poor diet conditions like IBS can join hands together for bringing about constipation. In extreme cases, constipation can pave the path for medical emergencies.

Thus it is extremely important to understand your poop pattern so that you can detect probable chances of constipation well before it takes up a chronic form. Seek out immediate medical help if constipation or diarrhea continues for more than two days at a stretch.

Inadequate Poop Consistency

According to the survey report, about one in every four people was found suffering from intolerance or food allergy. Common food types to which the individuals experienced sensitivity were eggs, dairy, soy, wheat and corn. As a result, these respondents were found suffering from a health condition where they could not maintain the proper consistency and adequate frequency of bowel movements. As per the gastroenterologists, following may be some of the underlying causes for inadequate poop consistency:

One should immediately refer to the physician in such cases as they can suggest treatments or lifestyle changes for reducing your level of discomfort associated with food intolerances and uncomfortable bowel movements.

The Importance of Place to Poop: Are You Comfortable Pooping Anywhere?

It might have happened that you skipped a bowel discharge as the public toilet seemed way too public for your privacy level. Research studies reveal that people suppress their poop because they are either in a rush or they feel embarrassed to poop in public toilets. In some cases, public toilets may not be clean and hygienic enough to poop. However, only a small percentage of the respondents agreed to free themselves, irrespective of unfavourable circumstances.

Research study also revealed that if you feel comfortable, you can poop just about anywhere. In comparison to women, men are not much choosy about their pooping place. Women on the other hand feel more at ease at their home. Malls, restaurants and bars formed the least relaxing pooping location for both the genders.

Imagine that you have gone to visit your partner’s family for the first time and suddenly you feel like pooping. So what should you do next? Well it might seem very embarrassing to head to the loo with your future in-laws judging every single movement of yours.

Statistics reveal that about 22% females and 28% males would restrain their bowel movements in their partner’s house for about three months before bursting inside the loo. About 28% females and 30% males wouldn’t wait for even this cooling off period. The individuals who are shy in nature shall restrain away from using loo in such a situation. Holding on for some time is possible, but when the hours get painfully lengthy, it might lead to colon damage and constipation.

The Effects Of Posture And Lifestyle On Your Poop

Digestive health is very important in making an individual happy inside out. After all even the hottest of dates could seem like a plain Jane with tons of bowel sticking up inside our rectum!

As per a research study, an individual may fall prey to constipation quite often because of the lifestyle issues and wrong pooping posture. The scientific studies have confirmed that the way we poop by simply sitting in a bend down posture on the pot is wrong as it constricts the rectum and does not allow the stools to pass through easily and hence results in constipation and colon cancer. Along with medications, physicians recommend using Squatty Potty which forces an individual to sit in a squat posture with the rectum inclined at an optimal angle which eases out the bowel movement.


The way you poop is an indication of your health status. Whenever you see a deviation in your pooping habits don’t hesitate to seek out medical help as it may be a sign of the deteriorating health condition.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 29, 2018

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