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why can't i have a bowel movement daily?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Diet, fluid, other?: For some people normal bowel habit is not daily-how they are built, so to speak. For many, it can be low fiber, inadequate fluids, inactivity, low oil/fat intake (lubricates bowels). Can be med effects, low thyroid, other metabolic/hormone issues, anatomical abnormalities of gut, gyn organs, kidney issues, depression, irritable bowel, etc.. Most serious can be cancer, esp if new see your doc, .
Answered on Feb 28, 2018
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Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
5 things: Gut need 5 things - water, salt, oil, bulk and fiber.
Answered on Apr 14, 2016
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