Everybody poops. That’s what the famous kids’ book says. But what it doesn’t cover is that not everyone poops the same.
For some, it’s a downright miserable experience, for a variety of reasons. Discomfort, lots of waiting, and other kinds of unpleasantness are all-too-common occurrences for many.
For some, it means having to go all the time, while others find themselves backed up for days.
And not only are these issues uncomfortable and frustrating, but they’re also embarrassing to talk about, and can make social situations stressful.
But don’t worry. Why? Because everybody poops — and everyone, at some point, has had trouble with their poops. Just like passing gas, it’s something we can all relate to. No shame here!
Having an uncomfortable or even painful poo, though, can really put a damper on things.
There’s good news, though. You can make things go a little more smoothly with a few simple adjustments to your diet and habits. And no, you don’t have to switch your diet up that drastically.
Read on to discover how to get things running smoothly down there, and if we missed a tip, let us know what works for you in the comments.
Smooth Tip #1: Get Enough Fiber
Fiber is the best way to keep your system regular and operating most efficiently.
While you can take fiber supplements, the best way to ingest fiber is by eating good old-fashioned food.
Citrus fruits and legumes are your best bet — but apples, peaches, cherries, pears, grapes, and nuts are also great sources of fiber.
Smooth Tip #2: Get Things Moving Naturally
If you’re a bit stopped up, you don’t have to simply rely on laxatives — although they can definitely do the job.
Instead, opt for some naturally loosening foods like leafy greens, berries, and coconut water.
These foods are also rich in the nutrients your body needs to replace.
Smooth Tip #3: Pick Up Your Knees
If you have trouble releasing things, it’s suggested that you try squatting instead of sitting — the way our prehistoric ancestors might have out in the wilderness.
But don’t worry, you don’t actually have to go poop in the woods for the full effect.
Try a toilet stool in the comfort of your bathroom and see if a change in position makes things easier.
Smooth Tip #4: Get Plenty Of Water
Dehydration is one of the most common causes of constipation, and it can lead to other health problems.
You’d think most people understand that you need water to, well, be alive, but an alarming number of people regularly don’t drink enough water.
Water helps your whole body function better, and that includes the parts that help you poop.
Smooth Tip #5: Try The BRAT Diet
If you’re struggling with loose stools or a bout of diarrhea, this diet is great for binding things up.
BRAT stands for banana, rice, applesauce, and toast.
These friendly foods are also great for getting over a stomach virus.
Smooth Tip #6: Sip Some Soothing Tea
Ginger and chamomile teas are great for aiding in digestion and soothing upset stomach and digesting ills.
If you’ve just eaten a large meal, or something that you fear may not agree with you in a little while, sip some tea made with one or both of these spices to calm things down.
Smooth Tip #7: Keep An Eye On Things
We know, we know. Looking into the bowl might not sound entirely pleasant, but it’s actually a great way to see what’s been going on inside your body.
The Bristol Stool Chart is a scale that determines types of poo, and what they each mean.
With that knowledge, you can make better-informed decisions about what your body might be needing.
Smooth Tip #8: Aim For Regularity
Ideally, we’d all have a set time during which we take care of business.
You may even notice that you tend to be occupied during a certain time of day. Maybe you’re a morning pooper, or maybe you prefer the afternoon.
Whatever your schedule, regularity is the sign of a healthily functioning digestive system.
Smooth Tip #9: Take Your Time
Don’t force things. This is true in life as well as in poo.
Forcing things can be painful and can even cause strain and damage to tissue.
So relax. Bring some reading material and let things happen on their own terms.
Smooth Tip #10: When You Need To Go, Go!
Just like you can’t force things, you also can’t hold them back. Sometimes literally — you really can’t hold them back.
You can end up causing more problems with constipation if you bottle things up.
So if you feel the urge, excuse yourself. No one will judge you. Because they all poop, too.
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