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A 31-year-old member asked:

how long does it take to have a bowel movement after eating?

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Dr. William Forsythe
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Depends on food: Typically, in a digestive tract that works properly, a bowel movement should occur twice daily. Various foods may affect it. High fiber foods will decrease the transit time, cheese and various other foods may slow it down. Probiotics help to promote gut health to maintain consistency of bm's.

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