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Chronic constipation can lead to long list of health complications including cancer. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer and is associated with chronic constipation. In general, an individual should go just as as many times they eat (a big meal that is) which is normally 2-3 times a day. A way to determine if you are constipated is by the odor of your poop. When you are going to the bathroom on schedule your poop will smell like potpourri (no spray or warning to the next person who goes to the bathroom). This is the example I like to use: when you place items in the trash there is no odor however a few days later that is a different story. So if we look at our bodies the smell is an indication that the waste has sat in our bodies for a bit of time.
Ways to improve bowl movements
- Drink more water: Dehydration is leading cause for constipation. You daily goal is to drink half your body weight in fluid ounces.
- Have more fiber or go green: A diet rich in fiber while help you spend less time in the bathroom. Greens are a great source of fiber. By adding a green smoothies and salads salad to your daily practice you will notice a significant change.
- Regular exercise or movement: The concept is simple, "When you move your bowls while move to." Maintaining regular movement supports the action of your colon. Many yoga poses are specifically designed to stimulate your small and large intestines.