Most women experience a four-day intestine transit time, likely too long to meet the target 200 gram (half pound) minimum fecal output for cancer prevention.
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How long food takes to get from one end to the other depends on gender and eating style. If you’re a vegetarian male it should just be a day or two, though if you eat meat it could end up being 5 days. Female vegetarians also mostly 1 or 2 days but those who eat meat are most likely looking at 4 days.
If it’s just 24, 36 hours your daily stool weight, which is what's flushing out all that excess estrogen and cholesterol, is probably going to hit that half pound target, though if it’s a couple days you may be hurtin’.
Or, if you have a really good bathroom scale, you can just measure stool weight directly, to see if you hit that half pound minimum… by of course weighing yourself before and after, not, yoknow, messing up your scale.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.
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For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk, Bowel Movements: The Scoop on Poop, Kiwi Fruit for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Optimal Phytosterol Dose and Source.