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Bowel Movement Problems: How To Train Your Bowel To Move Regularly

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Solving Bowel Movement Problems

If you experience bowel movement problems you can change few habits and train your bowel to move regularly. Here are five ways to solve your bowel movement problems and train your bowel to move regularly.


Over 130,000 cases of colorectal cancers are diagnosed annually, according to the American Cancer Society. The average person rarely ever even thinks about colon and bowel function. It just seems to happen naturally. However, for many people, having a bowel movement (BM) becomes quite a challenge. Most people previously thought that bowel regularity was highly individualized, so that some might have a BM every 3 days, others might go twice weekly, etc. However, according to Kojima et al, skipping the daily bowel movement ritual could increase your risk of colon cancer.

So, is it time to change your bowel movement habits? Training your bowels to move regularly can take a little effort, but is relatively simple.

Five Ways To Train Your Bowel To Move Regularly

First, examine your nutritional intake. Do you eat a lot of rice, noodles, corn, crackers, breads, and meats? These are the most common contributors to slow-moving bowels, as they literally act like glue within the colon.

Second, are you drinking enough water? There are several different recommendations for water intake, but aiming for 2 liters is a great place to start. Coffee, soda, alcohol, and energy drinks do not count as water intake, simply because they act to remove some water from your body, much like a diuretic (water pill) medication.

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Third, what kind of activity do you get daily? Activities that include abdominal movements are best; for example, abdominal crunches or sit-ups are much more likely to stimulate movement of the gastrointestinal tract than walking.

Fourth, what are your “normal” bowel habits? Do you routinely ignore that “urge to go”?

Fith, are you taking any medications? Most medicines list constipation as a common side effect.

Now, make a plan! The first step to a healthier you is to increase vegetables, and fats in daily nutrition; increasing vegetables and fats greatly improves overall nutrition. When you have multiple colors of foods on your plate, you are more likely to obtain the best balance of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Next, increase the water intake, and decrease the soda; not only is soda mildly dehydrating, but those empty calories provide absolutely no vitamins or nutrients that your body needs. Third, move; do some kind of abdominal movement daily – even if it is massaging your abdomen. Fourth, set up a plan to go. Make time for your daily constitutional and keep to your plan. If you are taking medications, gather them up and carry them with you to your next health care appointment. Ask your provider to review them all with you carefully and ask about possible digestive issues with each one.

Yes, this information might be too much information (TMI), but many patients present to clinics and hospitals across the country with GI conditions that affect overall health. Taking care of digestion can improve your energy level, reduce your fatigue, and help you decide to “GO!”

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Cancer.org: The key statistics about colorectal cancer?
NCBI: Bowel movement frequency and risk of colorectal cancer