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Is it normal to have less frequent bowel movements when dieting?

Is it normal to have less frequent bowel movements when dieting?

Dieting and bowel mo: Depends on what kind of diet you are on, like low carb diet like atkins you may be constipated, or scanty bowel movements.Hcg diet causes constipation.Reduce calory diet, liquid diet etc all cause fewer bowel movements or constipation due to less bulk in the diet. So yes you have fewer bowel movements while dieting. ...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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Is there any health benefit in having frequent bowel movements, like twice a day as appose to less frequent, like once every 3 or 4 days? please explain, thank you very much

Is there any health benefit in having frequent bowel movements, like twice a day as appose to less frequent, like once every 3 or 4 days? please explain, thank you very much

Bowel pattern varies: everyone's stool pattern is different. some people have 1 bowel movement/day and other people may have bowel movements every 3 to 4 days. The frequency of bowel movements depends on how active you are, your diet and how much water and fluids that you drink. formed and nonpainful bowel movements are the goal. A probiotic may help with bowel movements. any blood or hard stools is a problem. ...Read more

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I was given two shots of penicillin this morning and now I am haven't very frequent bowel movements. Is this normal?

I was given two shots of penicillin this morning and now I am haven't very frequent bowel movements.  Is this normal?

Antibiotics: Although antibiotics can eventually cause diarrhea, they would not have that effect within the same day of receiving them. There must be another cause of your frequent stools. Perhaps it is related to whatever reason you actually received the antibiotics in the first place. If the problem persists, contact your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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What could be causing frequent bowel movements?

What could be causing frequent bowel movements?

Need more info.: There are so many possible causes that i can't list them all here; without more information on other symptoms, i can't narrow it down for you. I'd suggest seeing the doctor for diagnosis and any needed treatment. ...Read more

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Frequent bowel movements more than once per day?

Depends on you: Frequent is more frequent for you. If you always poop 3 times a day then that is normal for you. If you always poop every other day then that is normal for you. If you are a once a day popper most of the time and all of a sudden you start pooping 6 times a day, then that would be "frequent bowel movements" for example. ...Read more

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What health issues can result from frequent bowel movements?

What health issues can result from frequent bowel movements?

Several things: These symptoms require a thorough evaluation to find out what's going on and what can be done for you. ...Read more

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I am having very frequent bowel movements. How can I reduce the frequency?

I am having very frequent bowel movements. How can I reduce the frequency?

Add bulk diet: Unless this is chronic problem, you may try by add fiber and roughage to your diet. Increase the amount of raw and green vegetables like salads and try taking fiber like metamucil every day. If not better start by visiting your personal provider. ...Read more

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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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