NutritionFacts.org

bowel movements

The form, frequency, and transit time of bowel movements may play an important role in colon health. Larger bowel movements rid the body of excess estrogen. A minimum of 200 grams of fecal output (about a half pound) per day is the goal for cancer prevention. Fiber from whole foods can prevent diverticulosis and constipation, while eating meat and processed foods may increase one’s risk for conditions such as diverticulosis. Foods high in antioxidants may also help increase stool size, whereas fat blocking drugs and certain fish can cause anal leakage. The health bacteria in our colon may even help us control our weight, so it’s important to keep our got flora happy.

See also the related blog posts: Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk, Bowel movements: the scoop on poop

Topic summary contributed by a volunteer.
To help out on the site, email volunteer@nutritionfacts.org

Watch videos about bowel movements

  • Gut Flora & Obesity
    Gut Flora & Obesity
    How one may be able to modify one's own gut flora to facilitate weight loss.
  • Bristol Stool Scale
    Bristol Stool Scale
    Classifying the fecal form of omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans.
  • Greasy Orange Rectal Leakage
    Greasy Orange Rectal Leakage
    Certain fish accumulate waxy substances within their bodies that can present an unpleasant surprise to consumers.
  • Milk Protein vs. Soy Protein
    Milk Protein vs. Soy Protein
    Casein and soy protein appear to have different effects on one's waistline.
  • Bowel Movement Frequency
    Bowel Movement Frequency
    Comparing the regularity of omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans.
  • Diverticulosis & Nuts
    Diverticulosis & Nuts
    Should people with diverticulosis avoid nuts, seeds, and popcorn?
Page 2 of 212