why do we fart before we poop
Gary Griglione, MD, will tell you pooping is personal. While we all have to go, everyone s body is different. Learn more about your bowel movements and why it s so important to pay attention to your poop. Why Do We Poop? It s an age-old question, why do we poop? Dr. Griglione explains the science behind this necessary ritual. Obviously, we poop to eliminate fecal material, which consists of undigested food, the lining of our GI, or gastrointestinal tract (which sheds its surface layer every few days), plus bacteria, Dr. Griglione says. Basically, the nutrients and micro-nutrients that keep us alive, like protein, carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals, etc. , are absorbed into our bloodstream from the foods we eat, leaving behind the insoluble and non-digested stuff that doesn't get absorbed. That stuff has to be eliminated. In addition to being a natural process, pooping and your bowel movement habits reflect overall health. But, Dr. Griglione says it s important to remember everyone s normal bowel habit patterns are different. There is no standard when it comes to pooping. Everyone s system is different, so if you re concerned about how many times a day you should poop, it really depends on your body. Some people poop three to four times per day, others poop once a week and they're fine, not sick. Everything from
(soft or hard) and poop size, to how long it takes the body to pass poop is based on the individual.
What s important is to track any changes in bowel habits. Dr. Griglione says it s time to, if you notice the following changes in bowel habits: Extremely hard stools, difficult to push out, or thin stools Uncontrolled pooping, accidents in pants or bed Pooping, or lack thereof, disrupts day-to-day work and functionality It d be hard to talk about pooping without mentioning passing gas, or as some people call it, farting. Like pooping, gas is related to bacteria in our digestive system, as well as the foods we eat. Gas is a by-product of bacteria in our colon digesting leftovers of the foods we ate. Bacteria produce hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide and methane. Yes, it's the methane that explodes, if you fart near a flame. There is no healthy or unhealthy amount of gas. How much gas you pass and the odor largely depends upon what you have eaten, Dr. Griglione says. It s no surprise that what we eat determines how we poop, more or less. Eating foods high in fiber is well known for helping ease time spent on the toilet and producing voluminous, bulky stools, sometimes gas, too. Fiber, both soluble and insoluble, holds moisture, keeping stools soft and bulky, which allows the colon to gently squeeze your poop through, as opposed to squeezing and straining to pass small hard bowel movements, possibly with cramping and discomfort, Dr. Griglione says.
Dr. Griglione says in addition to what you eat, how much you drink can also play a role. Staying well-hydrated is important. You know you are well-hydrated if you re urinating every three to five hours, and the urine is barely yellow. Generally, poop stays softer then, too, Dr. Griglione says. If you re looking for constipation relief or to ease discomfort, Dr. Griglione suggests these natural laxative options: Unfortunately, by the time there are symptoms of colon cancer, such as constipation or radical changes in normal bowel movement habits, a sizeable tumor may already be present. Dr. Griglione stresses the importance of talking to your provider about your family history of and following his/her recommendations for preventive screenings, like colonoscopies. Don t wait to report pooping problems, like bleeding, bloating, pain, thin pencil-like stools and weight loss. Colon cancer is treatable in its early stages but may be incurable if not caught early enough. Pay attention to your stools, and report concerns about them. It may be nothing serious, but the sooner you have the conversation with your provider, the better. Sometimes you may experience more flatulence than usual. Increased farting can stem from a natural body reaction, or in some cases, an underlying medical condition. Factors that can affect how much you fart include: A buildup of gas-producing foods and swallowed air during the day may make you more flatulent in the evening.
Also, youвre more likely to fart when the muscles in the intestines are stimulated. When youвre about to have a bowel movement, for example, those muscles are moving stool to the rectum. But other activities can also trigger flatulence, such as exercise or even coughing. Foods ranging from beans to broccoli to bran can make some people gassier. Foods donвt affect everyone the same way, though. You may know your troublesome foods, so be aware of them if youвre concerned about being gassy. You may also be among the many people who lack the enzyme lactase, which is essential for properly digesting dairy products. You can be born with this or it could develop as you age. Alongside the amazing changes your body goes through when youвre pregnant, there are some unpleasant changes, such as increased gas production. This change is the result of increased hormonal activity that tends to slow down your digestion, allowing more gas to build up in your intestines. Hormonal changes during your period can also coincide with bacteria changes in your digestive tract that can sometimes lead to increased flatulence. Diseases of the digestive tract may cause you to produce more gas. Surgery that affects the intestines could result in bacterial overgrowth there, and the subsequent production of more intestinal gas.
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