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Frequent Bowel Movements Shortly After Eating (Overview)

Frequent bowel movements shortly after eating is a clinical finding in which a person often defecates (poops) after meals. In babies this is normal due to a normal reflex while in adults this can occur due to intestinal diseases.


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I have frequent bowel movements right after eating, often loose, is this normal?

I have frequent bowel movements  right after eating, often loose, is this normal?

Frequent BMs After E: You may be describing gastro-colic reflex where the intake of food stimulates a bm. It may be triggered by a large meal and/or a fatty meal. Eating more often , smaller amounts with less fat content may help. See your doctor for full evaluation. ...Read more

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Frequent Bowel Movements Shortly After Eating (Overview)

Frequent bowel movements shortly after eating is a clinical finding in which a person often defecates (poops) after meals. In babies this is normal due to a normal reflex while in adults this can occur due to intestinal diseases.


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I have frequent bowel movements right after eating, often loose, is this normal?

Frequent BMs After E: You may be describing gastro-colic reflex where the intake of food stimulates a bm. It may be triggered by a large meal and/or a fatty meal. Eating more often , smaller amounts with less fat content may help. See your doctor for full evaluation. ...Read more

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Treating Diarrhea (Checklist)

Stay well hydrated
Daily
Try a constipating diet
Daily
Try BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce, and toast)
Daily
See a GI doctor (gastrointestinal specialist)
Once
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Eating a Low-Fat Diet (Checklist)

Avoid fried foods
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Read all food labels
Once
Avoid foods with visible fat
Once
Don't eat skin on poultry
Once
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Is it true that the body cleanses itself by making frequent bowel movements?

Is it true that the body cleanses itself by making frequent bowel movements?

Yes and no: Stool is made of electrolytes, water and millions of colonic bacteria. So having bowel movements does take water and bacteria out of your body so that is a cleanse. For colonoscopies, we also do bowel cleanses which also reduces the methane concentration in the colon eliminating the possibility of explosion with electrocautery. ...Read more

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What could be causing me to have frequent bowel movements? Too much roughage?

Too much roughage: Yes if there is more bulk in the diet due to more roughage than you will have bulky and more frequent bowel movements. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more