5 poo myths that aren’t true
No-one likes to talk about number twos, right.
However, approximately one million Australians have poor bowel control, but many of us are actually unaware or too embarrassed to ask if their bowel movements are ‘normal.’
Enid Taylor, naturopathic doctor, nutritionist and co-founder of the Taymount Clinic, told The Mirror that many of the things we believe about poo are actually not true.
Myth: You need to take your time
Let’s face it we all have mags and books in the loo, in case we are entrenched for a while. But Enid says it needn’t be a slow process.
She said: “The truth is, it doesn’t matter if you wait until it’s nearly too late or if you like to get ahead of the game. It boils down to preference.”
Myth: Poo should be brown
Although the healthy colour range goes from yellow brown to very dark chocolate colour, diet can impact the shade.
For instance, beetroot or cherries could harmlessly turn your poo purple which is nothing to worry about unless it looks black or red.
Light poo, however, could mean your liver isn’t producing the bile that turns it brown so you should talk to a doctor.
Also look out for floaters.
“If your gut is doing its job, you should be digesting oils and fats, which will make your stool sink,” says Enid.
“The odd floater is not an issue, but if it is a common occurrence this can be a sign of bad digestive health.”
Myth: It’s fine to hold it until you get home
No one likes to do a number two at work or in a public toilet, but holding back could lead to constipation.
Holding it in occasionally is okay but the longer you resist, the more water is absorbed and the harder the stool becomes.
This has the potential to cause colon damage.
Myth: Smelly poos are a sign of poor health
But diet is an influence and eating more vegetables can help alleviate the stench.
Meat, dairy, garlics and some veggies, including kale and cabbage are high in sulphur, which can increase the stink.
Junk food, which are hard to digest, can also lead to a nasty smell.
Myth: Healthy people poo once a day
A daily bowel movement isn’t necessary to maintain a healthy tum.
Enid said: “Any frequency is healthy as long as it isn’t impacting your quality of life or it isn’t brought on by food intolerances.”
It’s common for people to empty their bowel once a day, however it’s still normal for this to be more or less often. Being regular means that soft yet well-formed bowel motions are easily passed anywhere from one to three times a day to three times a week.
You should, however, keep a look out for any changes in your movements and see a doctor if they last more than six weeks.
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