Talking Poop

No, no one is talking about anyone’s mother. Talking poop is something that has to be done every now and again. I have placed myself in the position to do so. But again, no harm was done to anyone’s mother in the writing of this blog.

Having daily bowel movements is not the main topic at the water cooler. Many, many people suffer from inconsistent bowel movements.  Cramping, bloating, and serious health issues are just some of the many things that accompany the person who doesn’t have at least one daily BM a day and/or three to four a week. Most of the time the inconsistency comes from diet. What you eat is extremely important to how consistent you are in expelling waste. Are you uncomfortable yet? Just hold on.

Have you ever noticed when an infant has a bowel movement? Answer: soon after he eats . . . every time. This becomes less and less as he gets older because his diet changes, and/or he gets into the habit of suppressing the urge to go because of being too busy when the feeling hits. How can does a person get back to that good and healthy regimen. First, let’s look at diet. One of the strongest opponents of consistency is sugar. Having a diet that is laden with sugar will always result in poor BM consistency. Dropping sugar significantly from your diet and adding fiber (vegetables, fruits, cereals, etc.) to your diet will help to regulate you and sweep your colon clean. Taking laxatives on a regular basis is not a good idea. It can rob your body of the natural urge and movements of the digestive system. Also, be careful when it comes to colon cleanse advertisements and buying into the idea of doing that once a year or so. Many of the cleansing agents are filled with harmful chemicals and are deemed “all natural” when they are not. Doing this can often cause you to disrupt the natural process your body already has in place, causing more and more irregularity and problems with excretion.

If you are still with me, let’s take a serious look at the stool itself. Yes, look. Stool can tell you a ton about how healthy your digestive system really is. A normal stool should be semi-solid, like the consistency of toothpaste. Many times when there is a digestive problem that is persistent, feces samples will be studied by physicians to determine the problem. Hard stool is almost a sure sign of an inadequate water intake regimen and/or lack of fiber. Hard stool is hard to expel and remains in the body becoming more dense and causing blockages. This halt in the digestive tract can eventually lead to serious health issues, such as fissures and even colon cancer. Very soft or loose stool can be a result from lack of absorption or infection. Gluten or dairy intolerance can also have the same result.

So what is normal and healthy? Most physicians would agree that anywhere between once daily and three times a week is a good gauge. Keep tabs on your regularity. Don’t suppress the urge. Eat healthy. You will feel much, much better and have more energy than you’ve had in years!


6 thoughts on “Talking Poop

  1. Great article buddy!

    Sugar is an amazing substance. It takes many forms and can be a life saver. But it can also be a life taker. And wreak havoc on the body. No arguing that while in the saddle on longer rides, a burst of sugar can revive the mind and legs and even right afterwards from a long or hard training ride, the sweet stuff replaces the lost glycogen. But again, it is about balance and quality no doubt.

    Consuming soda, candy, sugar-laden cereals, snacks, cakes, etc or dumping in spoonfuls of sugar in tea and coffee, on a regular basis is a recipe for disaster. I used to eat way too much sugar when I was in my 20’s and 30’s. Thankfully, I was able to cut back significantly over these last 12-15 years and I believe I am benefiting from the reduction in sugars, both processed and natural.


    1. Good! It’s amazing to me that the average person doesn’t realize that one 16 oz. soft drink has 16 teaspoons of sugar in it! And don’t even get me started on the dangers of diet drinks.
      Yep! I like my sugar on the long rides, but I try to avoid it like the plague when not on the bike.
      Thanks for the comment!

  2. Its good to talk about “poop”. Colo-rectal cancer kills people more than I believe it should because people don’t like to talk about their own shit (they’d rather talk bullshit). I used to find it strange that people thought that I am odd looking at mine but hey, a happy bowel is a moving bowel. One thing that has made more aware from this post is that since I started riding regularly, I go 2-3 times a week. It used to be daily so wondering whether I am shovelling in too much sugar in a percieved need for it. So I’m gonna look at reducing evening carb and biscuit intake to see if that makes a difference.

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