There are certain things you may be reluctant to discuss, such as your bathroom habits. We get it; poop talk can be embarrassing! But it’s important to know the answers to questions you may be reluctant to ask, such as: How often should you go? How long should it take? What should it look like?
People often talk about being “regular,” but you may be unsure what that means and why it matters. Your poop is a window into your health, so it’s important to understand what’s normal.
How often should you poop?
Follow the 3-3-3 rule. Ideally, you should poop no more than three times a day, no less than once every three days and you should be in and out of the bathroom quickly. It should take no more than three minutes to go. If you find yourself with too much time to scroll, something may be amiss.
What should your poop look like?
There are seven basic types, or shapes, of poop. Look before you flush to assess what type your poop resembles.
- Types 1 and 2: Hard pellets or firm, lumpy poop (think nut-filled candy bar) may be a sign of constipation or dehydration. If you see one of these shapes, you may want to drink more water and increase your dietary fiber intake.
- Types 3 and 4: Think corn on the cob or a snake shape with a smooth, soft surface. These shapes are considered normal and healthy.
- Types 5, 6 and 7: Soft with clear-cut edges, mushy like pudding or watery with no solid form – these are all signs of diarrhea and may mean you need more prebiotic soluble fiber to feed the healthy bacteria in your gut.
Sunfiber is a prebiotic soluble fiber that helps with occasional constipation and occasional diarrhea by moving food through your body at just the right pace. If irregularity persists, please see your doctor. Should those symptoms be related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), ask him or her about Sunfiber. It may help improve your regularity.
Sunfiber works without the excess gas, cramping and bloating associated with other supplements, resulting in a happy, healthy digestive tract.