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How Often Should You Poop? This Is The Ideal Time Of Day To Move Your Bowels

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For some people, the urge to poop -- or "drop the kids off at the pool," or however you want to refer to your daily ritual of releasing excrement from your body -- comes at the worst time, like when you're stuck on a delayed subway during rush hour.

For others, maybe you have to poop as soon as you get home from work, and it's a race against the clock until you make it into the private, safe confines of your own bathroom.

But, believe it or not, there actually is an ideal time of day to move your bowels -- but, no, it isn't right before you tuck yourself into bed for the night.

Instead, at that time of the evening, you should just begin to feel some semblance of contractions in your stomach, as your body prepares for the next morning's trip to the bathroom.

So, if you haven't guessed it yet, the best time of day to move your bowel is in the morning.

According to Women's Health, while you sleep at night, your small intestine is going to work breaking down all the food you just consumed during the day.

By the time you wake up the next morning, that food is ready to pass through your gut and relieve you of its toxins.

So, if you find yourself running to the bathroom first thing when you wake up, then you, my friend, have one healthy digestive system.

For many people, that morning deuce comes only after your first cup of coffee.

This actually isn't a bad thing, as coffee and the gut are, shall I say, very good friends.

According to ScienceAlert, coffee increases gastrin and cholecystokinin levels, two hormones that help to clear waste from the body.

Also, when it comes to your poop cycle, it's important to note that, much like your sleep cycle, it all relies on predictability.

If your body likes to go in the morning, or the middle of the day, or whenever it is that it simply prefers to move the bowels, it's best that you let your system work on its time -- meaning you definitely shouldn't skip a poop if you feel it coming on.

If you do make a habit of skipping your bowel movements, you could find yourself battling some uncomfortable constipation, or worse, irritable bowel syndrome.

Overall, the best way to maintain regular bowel movements is to keep up your regimen, whatever that regimen is.

Your poop is a little picky -- it doesn't like too much alteration in its usual routine.

To accommodate your body's needs, this may mean you have to revamp your morning routine a little to actually make time to go to the bathroom and really give your intestines the attention they deserve.

After all, pooping allows your body to release toxins -- that should get your utmost respect and attention.

If you need to sit there for more than 20 minutes, then sit there for more than 20 minutes.

Sometimes, your body just needs time to do its thing.