Constipation can be a real debbie downer. It can make you feel lethargic, bloated, gassy and may even cause intestinal cramping. People are sometimes embarrassed to talk about their bathroom habits, but as a dietitian, that’s all I do all day long! I have no problems with it. I’m so comfortable talking about it, I can eat at the same time. Yeah, you’re probably thinking ‘ugh, gross!’.
In all seriousness, your bowels tell you so much about your overall health. They can tell you how much you are absorbing or not absorbing of your food and give you subtle hints towards your overall health. It’s worth taking peek down there in the toilet every so often.
When it comes to constipation, it’s important to know the definition of constipation and what constipation looks like. Constipation is defined as bowels that are hard like nuts, hard to pass (causes you to strain and push them out), may cause digestive symptoms like those listed above, and happen less often than your normal. Now, everyone is going to have a different normal. Some people go every other day, everyday, or every 3 days or even longer. Usually, if you are going less than every three days, that’s too long (as per WebMD). However, it is through my experience and my client’s experience, that they feel best by going at least once/day. So, in my practice, my goal is to ensure that clients are emptying their bowels daily.