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Bowel Movement Frequency

Importance of Bowel Movements

For a body to function properly, a person must eat the correct balance of vitamins and minerals. Digestion starts in the mouth. Food is chewed and mixed with saliva which slowly begins to break down the food into smaller particles. Once food reaches the stomach, digestive juices continue to break the food down before it moves into the small intestine. For a number of hours, food travels through the small intestine where the nutrients move through the intestinal walls and into the blood stream where the nutrients are carried to the organs.

Once the food matter has traveled through the small and large intestines, it is passed into the rectum and out through the anus in the form of fecal matter. This action, known as a bowel movement, is important to a person’s overall health. Bowel movement frequency is one of the key indicators of a healthy digestive system. If a person is only going once a week, there is obviously a problem within the colon that needs attention or serious health issues may occur.

Bowel Movement Frequency By Culture and Gender

The number of bowel movements does not generally vary from culture to culture. The true difference comes with the lifestyle involved. Cultures that focus on vegan or vegetarian diets have more bowel movements than those who eat meats, dairy, and eggs.

A study done at Oxford University in England took more than 20,000 men and women and tested their bowel movement frequency habits. Of the 20,630 men and woman aged from their 20s to their 90s, approximately 30% of them were vegetarian, the rest ate meat. By the end of the study it was clear that vegans and vegetarians had far more bowel movements than those who ate meat. Vegetarians who did eat dairy had fewer bowel movements than vegans.

Diets Containing Meat:

According to this study, women have the lowest amount of bowel movements. On an average week, women who ate meat had approximately eight bowel movements compared to men who had almost ten bowel movements per week.

Vegetarian Diets:

Bowel movement frequency in vegetarian women averaged about nine per week. For vegetarian men, the number of bowel movements came in at ten and a half. These vegetarians did eat dairy products and eggs which are believed to be harder to digest.

Vegan Diets:

Vegans refuse to eat any product that does not grow from the earth. The study showed that Vegan men had an average of twelve bowel movements per week. Women sticking to a vegan diet had approximately eleven bowel movements per week.

Factors Influencing the Frequency of Bowel Movements

Bowel movement frequency can be affected by a number of items. Many conditions from colon cancer to Crohn’s Disease may cause bowel movements to become infrequent or cause intestinal blockages. Additionally, diet and exercise are essential to bowel function. A diet high in fiber with plenty of water intake will help ensure that bowel movement frequency is normal. Exercise improves blood flow to the colon, causing it to more easily pass fecal matter through the bowels.

Some prescription medications such as iron supplements, antidepressants, calcium supplements, antacids, diuretics, blood pressure medications, cholesterol medications, Parkinson’s medications, codeine, cold medicines, and some chemotherapy medications can all cause constipation. A person who is taking these medications should add additional fiber and water to their diet. It is also important that these people use Oxy-Powder® to clear out fecal waste from time to time to prevent blockages.

Ideal Frequency for Bowel Movements

From the time a person eats his or her meal, it takes approximately six to eight hours for the food to pass into the small intestines. For another sixteen hours, the food travels through the small intestine and large intestine of the average person before being passed from the body through the rectum and anus.

Ideally, a person should eliminate waste every 24 hours following a meal. This means that at breakfast time, the waste from the following morning’s breakfast would be excreted. The same is true for lunch and dinner. This does vary from person to person, however. What a person is eating is a major factor in bowel movement frequency. Water is needed to keep waste matter soft. Someone who is failing to drink 64 ounces of water every day will have harder fecal matter that travels more slowly.

How to Ensure Regular Bowel Movements

Eating a healthy diet that is low in sugar and saturated fat is important. Food choices should include fiber every day and drinking plenty of water is extremely critical to good bowel health. Diet is an important step in maintaining regular bowel movement frequency.

Over time, food waste can cling to the sides of the colon. Oxy-Powder® is an important step in maintaining bowel health. The all natural ingredients found in Oxy-Powder® create an effervescent quality that gently bubbles away stuck on fecal matter and effectively remove it from your intestines. Blood flow to and from your colon is immediately improved because the heavy sludge is not pressing on the intestinal walls. Oxy-Powder® is easy to use. Within a day, a person will feel energized, refreshed, and better than ever!

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