Scientists warn that postponing a bowel movement may be associated with a higher risk of problems such as bowel cancer, diverticulosis (inflammation and protrusion of the walls of the large intestine), hemorrhoids, anal fissures and prolapse (protrusion of an organ or part of it through natural openings).
As early as the beginning of the 20th century, physiologists determined that eating is a powerful stimulus for bowel movement. It is often most effective after some period of fasting and therefore after breakfast. Babies usually empty their bowels when they need to. However, as we grow up, we learn to suppress this urge. Learning to control your gut is an important step in development, but some of us go too far.
There is such a thing as intestinal transit – this is the definition of the time of passage of feces through the large intestine. There’s an easy way to check if you’re in the normal range: eat a few raw sweet corn kernels and then see when they show up in your stool. If you “met” in the period from 8 to 24 hours – everything is in order. The longer the contents are in the intestines, the more dangerous substances appear there. In addition, it is fraught with a high risk of colorectal cancer, colon polyps, diverticulosis, gallstones and hemorrhoids.
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