Digestive Disorders: 23 Constipation Myths and Facts

Are Daily Bowel Movements Normal?

There is a wide range of normal bowel movement frequency.

It is a myth that everyone should have a daily bowel movement. The results of studies show that some people have a movement as often as 3 times per day while others go just 3 times per week. Both of these scenarios are entirely normal. Constipation is defined as having less than 3 bowel movements per week. People who have severe constipation go less than once per week.

Constipation Means You Are Full of Toxins – Myth

Constipation does not mean you are full of toxins.

It is a myth that people who are constipated are full of toxins. There is no evidence that stool is full of toxins. There is no evidence that fads and treatments like laxatives, colon cleansing, and enemas prevent diseases and cancer. If you happen to be constipated or have fewer bowel movements than others, that does not mean that you are absorbing poisonous substances from stool.

Fiber Often Helps for Constipation – True

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Article submitted to MSRN by Pat France, MSRN Volunteer