Think you’re pretty smart about what happens in the bathroom? Here are 5 essential topics about constipation, IBS, and better pooping.

1. What IBS stands for?

IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The main symptoms are tummy pain or cramp, bloating, or constipation. IBS affects the colon and there are several reasons for it. Stress and emotion, infections such as gastroenteritis, and certain medications. Ways to treat it? Reduce your stress levels and exercise regularly.

2. Chronic constipation is caused by:

Chronic constipation is no joke. It’s a long-term bowel problem that affects how your digestive system works. There are many causes but one of the underestimated ones is stress, anxiety, and depression. Thoughts and emotions triggered by stress can have an effect on your stomach and bowels.

3. According to circadian rhythm, the best time to poop is:

Yes, a lot of doctors say that the preferred time of pooping in the morning. But not everybody is a morning-bird and their bowel movements probably have different routines and rhythms. As long as you visit your restroom once a day (for going number two) – you’re O.K.

4. What makes your stool float?

Sometimes it just doesn’t flush. Like a stubborn submarine! The reason for it is gas. Haha! Thought it was fat? Research shows that trapped gas is the culprit. The extra air makes poop less dense, causing it to float when it hits the toilet bowl.

5. Best liquids to help you push it through?

I think most of us will agree that a cup of morning coffee or just caffeine, in general, will instantly put that alarming flag on your guts. Fruit juices (apple, pear, prune) on the other hand will relieve constipation with their laxative effect. Fiber and sorbitol in them do the trick.

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