Doctor's Note

More on the health benefits of bowel frequency:

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on bowel movements. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • Beachwalker

    Although I’m a vegetarian, I don’t have a BM everyday, Maybe every other day. And on the Bristol stool scale, I’m a type 4 when ever I do have a BM.

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Also be sure to check out my associated blog post Bowel Movements: The Scoop on Poop!

  • Arroyon1975

    So Dr.Greger vegetarians have more BM than meat eaters is that true.

    • Epifurious

      watch/listen at  0:56.  vegetarians (especially vegans) have more BM than meat eaters

    • Justin Edwards

      The research does suggest this to be true! Not only do we see that the plant based diet increases frequency of BMs but research also suggests this increase in BM frequency to aid in cancer prevention as well! Check out this video for more information!

  • Epifurious

    i have 3-5 BM’s per day!!! vegan, 6 years and counting.  greatest thing i ever did for my body

    • carmen @Vegan_Nurse

      same here! (9 months vegan). love love LOVE it!

      • Lolatheblackdog

         amazing! i always thought i was “regular” with on average 5 or 6 bowl movements a week. when i went on a vegan diet i was shocked at having 3 a day!!!

  • bellybuttonblue

    I eat a spoonful of psyllium husk every day to enhance my bowel movement. I’ve read studies that it also has a cholesterol-lowering effect: But this research was done in 2000. Have there been recent studies on psyllium? Are there any adverse effects? 

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  • tavit

    I proud to say that after I start eat vegan my BM increase from 1 time for 2-3 days to 2 times a day.

  • Janet

    Is there such a thing as too much fiber, and if so, can that lead to hemorrhoids?

    • David Gaze

      I think in a later video he discusses how diets of near 100g fiber are actually healthy and the RDI is way lower than what it really should be.