What’s Your Poop Number: Protect Yourself Against Cancer, High Blood Sugars, and High Cholesterol

By TLTanner Latest Reply 2014-08-25 11:25:34 -0500
Started 2014-08-20 15:10:55 -0500

This has been a question that I have asked several times, how often should I be having a BM? I'd even settle for a good estimate, but no one seemed to be able to give me an answer. This article was an excellent read and gives some good advice to make sure you are regular, among other interesting information.

Did you find this information helpful? Informative? I hope it helped!


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Navy dolphin 2014-08-24 11:56:14 -0500 Report

Hi All
Just wanted to know if anyone has Gastroparesis ? I do have this and we found out that i also have a lazy bowl so therefore i need to take a laxative in order to go . My specialist has put me on Metamucil and milk of magnesia . We have found that i can't handle anything with fiber nor anything that has wheat nor multi grains so i wanted to know if any of you have any ideas for me ?
Thank you

TLTanner 2014-08-25 11:25:34 -0500 Report

Hi Leeann,

My brother has Gastroparesis and takes Reglan (Metoclopramide). I was wondering, do you? I don't believe he has lazy bowel though. I was just curious if the Reglan would help in that department?


GabbyPA 2014-08-21 06:01:15 -0500 Report

Hooray for Salads and veggies!

My husband and I have this discussion often. We have asked his doctor about it and you are right, no one wants to say. This was a great article and helps me understand why he and I are polar opposites on this. I eat way more fiber than he does, thus my more frequent visits to the toidy. We have been trying to get him to eat more fiber and I can tell when he does. He's gone from once every 3 days to once every day or every 2 days...improvement. Now I have some fire behind my bugging him to eat more fiber.

Glucerna 2014-08-20 16:09:15 -0500 Report

Thanks for posting this article. I really like the poster showing how fiber works in our digestive tract and the recommendation to choose foods that contain fiber instead of fiber supplements whenever possible. ~Lynn @Glucerna

TLTanner 2014-08-20 17:33:11 -0500 Report

Glucerna and IamBubbely, you are quite welcome!

Glucerna, that was my favorite part too, the chart. It made things make sense. I also choose natural over supplements whenever possible.


jayabee52 2014-08-20 15:54:01 -0500 Report

Howdy TL
Good read! Unfortunately Mangos and other high fiber foods are contraindicated for me due to the various restrictions of a dialysis meal plan.
I don't have very frequent BMs. Sometimes I will have a huge one once a week, but I am trying to be more mindful about that and this past week had about 2 or 3 smaller BMs so there is some improvement there.

However, keep in mind that the article is the author's opinion and someone who calls himself "mango man" does not strike me as incredibly credible.

God's best to you

TLTanner 2014-08-20 17:40:39 -0500 Report

Hi James!

I realize this article, among some of the others I posted today, are the authors opinions. That is why I posted them, to see what others have to say on the matter.

True that being on dialysis you have a whole new set of diet restrictions, but I don't remember fiber being one of them. It's been 15 years since I was on dialysis so my memory on the diet restrictions isn't all that great. My favorite quote when I don't remember something and this seems like a good time to use it, "I've slept since then."

I remember the BMs I had while on dialysis and I know part of the reason was the lack of fluids in the body. They gave me Colace (sp?) to try and help with that, but it didn't replace the lack of water in the diet. Even after my kidney transplant, I still have problems with BMs and am now thinking I have Crohn's Disease.

I wish you tons of luck, James and will keep you in my prayers.



Type1Lou 2014-08-20 15:21:47 -0500 Report

Loved the article! Here's the poop…Since I consume a great deal of fiber in the form of fresh fruit and vegetables, I poop 2 to 3 times a day which, according to Mangoman is desirable. I ate a whole avocado over 3 days last week and found it had a laxative effect (TMI?)…I think I need to more gradually introduce avocado into my diet until my body gets used to it. I just got back from my quartely endo visit yesterday and, except for thyroid levels, everything else (BP, kidney function, cholesterol) is within "normal" ranges. My A1c was 6.6 and my fasting BG was 74.

TLTanner 2014-08-20 17:43:27 -0500 Report

Kudos Lou on the check up!

I need to up my intake of fiber. I try to eat veggies and fruits everyday, but I think I need to eat more.

Thank you for sharing!