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How To Increase Bowel Movement Frequency
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
How do you define diarrhea, is it bowel movement consistency or frequency? Is one lose stool bowel movement diarrhea?
Not really: only if the hemorrhoid are painful it could cause problem because the patient avoid having BM because of the pain. in general you need to keep your bowels soft, by drinking a lot of water, average 10-12 bottles a day. you need to eat more fruits, and drink juices, you need to eat more fibers, more vegetables. you need to exercise daily. you might need to take some stool softener. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more
If this is occuring: More than once (like drops of blood on tissue paper) then recommend medical evaluation. ...Read more
Change diet, or....: Well, you cannot treat the loose stool that's already out, but if you continue to have loose stools and this is something new, take a look and see if you've had any changes in your diet. If that doesn't work, go see a doctor and discuss. You may need to have some tests. ...Read more
Can intake of excess sugar in diet,cause issue of incomplete bowel evacuation[ve regular bowel movement]bu ,have to use glycerine suppository regular?
I frequently suffer from irregular bowl movements, what's the best way to encourage more frequent bowl movements to avoid constipation?
Start simple, but...: First optimize fiber ; h2o intake. Next, docusate helps moisten ; soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe ; available for anyone over 2, ; assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. But change in bowels is a "red flag" that needs evaluation if persistent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please see below: This could be due to an infective process, if this continues, please see a doctor. ...Read more
Avoid incontinence: The colon's primary function is absorption of water (mostly right colon) & storage of solid waste (mostly left colon). Continence of stool relies primarily on rectal tone & sensation. An inflammed colon or one that is too active may result in diarrhea, whereas a sluggish colon may contribute to constipation. Fecal incontinence reflects rectal/anal disturbance (see my earlier healthtap entries). ...Read more
Less contact: The hypothesis is that one factor in colon cancer is potentially ingested carcinogens(cancer causing) that are in the food we eat. The faster the stool moves through the colon, the less time the carcinogen has in contact with any segment of the colon so it's should be less damaging. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
About constipation ; how much stool content can our bowels hold ? In terms of very severe and chronic constipation, what would be excessive?
I had a patient: Who had so much stool in her colon that it had pressed on the major nerve to the leg and caused leg paralysis (not a good idea!). The old medical literature records the case of a man who had a neurological disease and he would take his abdomen in a wheelbarrow to a hospital for clearance once a year. Constipation is common today because of poor diet. ...Read more
IBS : Depending in what your symptoms are, treatment can be designed to improve and normalize bowel frequency and minimize discomfort . High fiber diet , exercise and yoga appear to help in ibs. People with severe diarrhea or constipation should consult with an md to determine if they are candidates for newer medications that are very helpful in the treatment. ...Read more
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