What is normal bowel function?

Normal bowel function is the regular and healthy movement of waste through the digestive system.

It is characterised by a consistent pattern of bowel movements, and might be anything from up to three times a day, to three times a week. These movements should be smooth and painless, with a well-formed stool that is easy to pass.

A healthy diet and regular physical activity can help promote normal bowel function. Adequate water and fibre intake can also play a role in maintaining regular bowel movements. However, it’s important to note that everyone’s body is different and what may be considered “normal” for one person may not be the same for another.

Common signs

Some common signs of abnormal bowel function include constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and rectal bleeding. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to speak with your doctor to determine the cause and any necessary treatment.

Medications and suppliments

In addition to dietary and lifestyle changes, there are also medications and supplements available to help regulate bowel function. Your doctor may recommend a fibre supplement or a laxative to help ease constipation, or an antidiarrhoeal medication to control diarrhoea.

Overall, normal bowel function is an important aspect of overall health and well-being. By paying attention to your body’s signals and working with your doctor, you can help ensure that your digestive system is functioning properly.

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