Dr. Oz was asked by Andrea about chronic constipation. She wanted to know how long should it take a meal to digest and how many times a day should a person poop?
Dr. Oz says that the average person takes about 20 hours to push out what you eat. To figure out how long it takes for you, you need to eat something brightly colored (like beets) so that you will be able to track when it comes out. If you are not getting enough water or fiber, it can take you 100 hours to digest your food, which is bad for you because the food is essentially rotting in your belly during that time. You should see a doctor if you poop more than four times a day or if you don’t go to the bathroom at least every other day. However, if you do not have any stomach pain, then you probably do not have to worry. To help cure constipation eat things like fiber, probiotics (yogurt, kefir) and drink lots of water. You should also read Dr Oz’s segment on Constipation Causes, because there are other things that can constipate you, even if you drink lots of water and eat plenty of fiber. For example, calcium can make you constipated if you take too much of it by itself. Also, overuse of laxatives can cause constipation. Good thing that Dr Oz answers all of our questions about bowel movement issues!