How Often SHOULD I Go Number Two?
Naturally, the next question is, ‘How Often Should I Poop’?
Although everyone is different, a general rule of thumb is you should poop at least one to two times per day. That’s the ideal. However, the only time you need to be concerned is if you you poop LESS than three times per week. If you poop less than three times a week, than you would be considered constipated.
However: Everyone’s Digestion is Individual and Unique. Some people will go only once a day on average while others might poop two the three times a day. It’s very individual.
For most of my life I used to go very irregularly. Or course, I didn’t think anything about it. In fact, I rarely even took notice. And that was my problem. I didn’t pay attention to how often pooped because I didn’t understand how important it was for a healthy, vibrant body.
What Can Do If I’m Constipated?
1. Drink Lots of Water!!!!
Yes, this might be a no brainer. However, chronic dehydration is becoming more and more of an epidemic these days. Without water, your whole body has a difficult time performing it’s necessary tasks, let alone your digestive system.
Studies show that dehydration can often contribute to constipation issues. (1) Think of it this way. If you have a clogging and congestion problem in your plumbing system, the best way to get things moving is to push water through to clear everything out. Your digestion works in a similar way.
So make sure you drink your water!
The best way to ensure you stay hydrated is to start your day with a huge glass of water. Before you eat or drink anything, start with water to hydrate and get the ‘plumbing going’. I would recommend adding fresh squeezed lemon juice from half of lemon to your water as it will alkalize your body activate your liver for detoxification. My husband and I drink a special alkalizing concoction every morning as soon as we wake. We’ve noticed in huge difference in our digestion and energy levels since incorporating this new habit.
Here is the recipe for our quick Alkalizing Morning Green Drink:
- 1 quart Spring Water
- Juice from 1/2 Large Organic Lemon, seeds removed
- 1-2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar (Click HERE for the best brand)
- 1 teaspoon Organic Wheat Grass Powder (click HERE )
- 10 drops of MegaHydrate Crystal Energy (Click HERE )
Stir it up and drink away! This drink has made the biggest difference for me in helping relieve constipation and ensure that I eliminate toxins first thing in the morning. It’s also helped to clear my skin and slim down my stomach.
2. Eat Fiber-Rich Foods
You probably have read or heard over and over again that fiber ‘keeps you regular’. After doing some research, I must admit, it does seem to hold quite a bit of truth. Although fiber isn’t the answer to all our digestive woes, eating fiber rich foods is very important for a healthy digestion. It does help keep everything moving. (2) (3)
What foods are rich in fiber?
- LOTS and LOTS of Organic Veggies! About 80 percent of your plate should be alkalizing veggies! Think GREEN!
- Psyllium Husk. Add 1-2 Tablespoons to a smoothie – instant, easy fiber!
- Cultured Veggies. You get both probiotics AND fiber.
- Gluten Free Seeds. I think Gluten Free seed-grains such as Quinoa and Buckwheat are perfectly healthy, provided you soak them prior to cooking. This removes Phytic acid which is a gut irritant. (NOTE: If you have an Autoimmune disease, however, I would steer clear of seed grains and grains in general.)
- Organic Fruit. Fruit can be a great way to get more fiber into your diet, In Moderation! Be careful not to overdo it as fructose is still sugar. Fruit and veggies should NOT be eaten in equal portions. You should consume far more veggies than fruit, contrary to what we learned in the standard food pyramid.
- Nuts. Nuts are another great food rich in fiber. Nuts are also loaded with healthy fats. I would add a word of caution. You should only consume organic nuts that have been soaked and/or sprouted first. Soaking/sprouting helps removed dangerous gut irritants and molds that may have accrued during storage. However, if you have an unbalanced gut (such as leaky gut, candida, SIBO etc.) I would avoid nuts completely until your gut has healed and is back in balance.