Posted by Team Jigsaw on January 25, 2015
The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) states that normal bowel frequency can range from 3 times a day to 3 times a week. The NDDIC suggests that bowel frequency less than 3 times a week can signify constipation. However, frequent elimination is a critical component of optimal health, and many healthcare professionals recommend bowel movements in the range of 1 to 3 times daily as part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
With occasional constipation, the stool is often smaller and drier than usual, which may cause pain during elimination. The feeling that the bowels are not completely emptied is also common. Constipation is often the body's way of saying it needs a little more fiber. It's also vital to stay hydrated on a daily basis to promote regularity.
Normal stool is 60 to 90% water. The high end of that range includes stool that is considered loose. Typically, the digestive system converts food into a liquid state. The digested particles then remain in that form throughout the digestive process until the fluids are absorbed back into the body from the colon, leaving semi-solid waste to be expelled. Loose stool occurs when the food passes through the digestive system quickly or when the colon is irritated by a certain food. Hormonal balance, probiotic balance, and other health challenges can also affect stool consistency.
Regardless, promoting regularity goes hand-in-hand with promoting overall wellness. Healthy, comfortable digestion and elimination are usually good indicators that the body is properly absorbing needed vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients—whether obtained from food or dietary supplements.
As part of the comprehensive program of nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle modification, you may want to consider some of the products listed below to help support the health of your bodily systems.
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Source: "Definition and Facts for Constipation." The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2015.