Like most things below the belt, regular is all relative.
By: K. Aleisha Fetters
Most people go #2 anywhere between three times a day and three times a week, says Benjamin Lebwohl, M.D., a gastroenterologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical Center. Put that on a bell curve and it means most of us stink up a bathroom once a day.
"However, it's not intrinsically less healthy to go less often than once a day," says Lebwhol. "Every person's bowels have their own tempo."
So it's cool if your intestines are on a MWF schedule-as long as you don't feel stuffed up or bloated, he says. The digestive tract can hold anywhere from a meal to a week's worth of meals, and then some. And while it's pretty gnarly to think about, the sheer mass of backed-up bowels can cause everything from an aching back to a literal food belly, he says. Plus, the longer poop sits sill in your intestines, the more opportunity it has to produce smelly, room-clearing gas.Read More »from Do You Really Need to Go #2 Once a Day?