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Food passes though my colon very slowly, strenuous to eliminate. High fiber diet, stool softeners make no difference. How can I speed it up?
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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: Water
Transit can be variable.
The "normal" bowel movement frequency ranges from 3 a day to 3 a week. Try adding water to you regimen, up to 120 ounces each day.

In brief: Water
Transit can be variable.
The "normal" bowel movement frequency ranges from 3 a day to 3 a week. Try adding water to you regimen, up to 120 ounces each day.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
In brief: OK 4 no BM everyday
It is not abnormal to have bms only 2-3x/wk if this has been your thing.
Not everyone goes daily, while others do couple times/day. Make sure u drink pelnty of fluid, exercise daily, and occasional use of senokot-s may help--a gentle stimulant. Flax seeds help some people. Many meds cause this as well. If this new for you, check with doc to make sure no thyroid trouble etc... Good luck.

In brief: OK 4 no BM everyday
It is not abnormal to have bms only 2-3x/wk if this has been your thing.
Not everyone goes daily, while others do couple times/day. Make sure u drink pelnty of fluid, exercise daily, and occasional use of senokot-s may help--a gentle stimulant. Flax seeds help some people. Many meds cause this as well. If this new for you, check with doc to make sure no thyroid trouble etc... Good luck.
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