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December 4, 2017

By Susan M. Callahan, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist

[Health and fitness articles are reviewed by our team of
Registered Nurses, Certified fitness trainers and other
members of our Editorial Board.]



Since the beginning of time, for as long as there have been
humans on the Earth, all of us have shared a few common
characteristics. And one of the most fundamental of these
shared characteristics is that we all have to poop. Our
sanitation has improved since those days in the caves but the
biological process has stayed the same. We eat, we drink, we
poop. One of the enduring mysteries of the human body is why
we poop more or less at the same time of day if we're healthy.
Why do we poop in the mornings?  What biological forces
conspire to make us all head to the throne at the same time?



A Look Inside the Journey of Your Food

If you think of your body as a house, eating is a process that
brings food into the front door --- your mouth --- does things
to it and then ships it out the back door -- your anus.

Between coming in the front door and exiting from the back
door, your food survives a lot. First, it is crushed between the
power clamps of your teeth. Then, it is pushed down a long
dark chute of your throat like a toy on a water slide, only to
arrive with a splash in a pool of digesting acids in your stomach.

There, the food is all but dissolved before it is pushed once
again into your small intestines. From there it is jostled and
mixed into a mulch that enters your large intestine, also known
as your colon, where it is sorted, hey you, nutrients, over here,
water there, waste, keep moving.  The nutrients are absorbed
from the colon through the intestinal walls, into your blood
stream. The toxins are sent to your liver to be cleansed out of
your body. The leftover waste and indigestable fiber, plus
water, forms the bulk of the poop that is excreted.

The average intestines of an adult is 25 feet long. About 20 feet
of that length is your small intestines and 5 feet of that is your
large intestine (colon). That's a long journey.


Pushing, Pushing, Gone
































Think about this. How does poop actually move through the
intestines? The small intestines are arranged like a snake that is
almost folded every 4 feet.  So, gravity can't really help push
things along because for most of the journey, food is sliding
sideways and then reversing itself at the end of the hairpin
curves.  So, what force is moving the assembly line?

The force are contractions.  The intestines have two types of
contractions. Ball up your fist. Now squeeze as if you have a
tennis ball or some cake dough in your hand. That's the type of
contraction exerted in your small intestines. It's like a mashing.

However, once the bulge enters your large intestines, another
entirely different type of contraction takes over.  These are
major-league, large contractions for this last 5 feet of the
journey.  

These large, powerful contractions are coordinated by your
brain and intestines and called  "high-amplitude propagated
contractions".  Compared to giving birth, these contractions are
not as powerful yet they are some of the most important,
involuntary contractions your body experiences.

Large High Amplitude Contractions Always Occur in the
Mornings


These large, high amplitude contractions only occur in the
mornings.

How does the body know to start these contractions in the
morning? Well, the short answer is -- you're an animal.

We humans are the smartest animals on Earth which means we
sometimes forget that, like other animals,  we are all ruled by
biology. The high amplitude contractions are suppressed by the
brain during sleep --- which is why some of us may have to get
up during the night to urinate but almost none of us have to
get up during the night to defecate.  In a sense, it is as though
the train is deliberately stalled before it reaches the last station
to allow us to sleep peacefully.

But, as soon as we awake, our bodies are cued when we drink
or eat something in the morning, according to a 2011 study by
Dr. Christopher Andrews of the Department of Medicine,
University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Dr. Martin Storr of
Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany.


That cue tells the body to restart the digestive process. The
high amplitude contractions begin, and the bulk is pushed,
finally, out the anus.

That is why we have a big bowel movement in the mornings.


What If I Am Not Having a Morning Dump?


If you are not having a morning poop, there could be simple
reasons for this. You could just be temporarily constipated.

Or, you may  be at work during the time when your body
naturally wants a long bathroom break during the mornings
before noon. You may suppress the urge to defecate. As a
result, you may experience a biological, low-level stress for
most of the day.


But if you are not having a morning poop because you are
constipated, there is probably a solution. Knowing that you are
constipated is just the first step. There are subtypes of
constipation, according to a 2004 study from Dr. C. M. Prather
of St. Louis University. The subtypes of chronic constipation
include "slow-transit constipation, pelvic floor dyssynergia,
functional constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome with
constipation."

The solution here is to examine what yo have been eating, first.
Refined carbohydrates have little to zero fiber. If you have
been eating too much white bread, potato chips, pancakes,
cakes, donuts, cookies or plain old table sugar, you are unlikely
to have also been getting enough fiber.

Add fresh vegetables, especially green, leafy vegetables such as
spinach and broccoli to your diet. Add fibrous fruit such as
apples and prunes.

You will also need to make sure that you are drinking enough
water. The colon takes in 1.5 liters of water a day, and about
500 milliliters of that make their way into your large intestines
to help push the bulk the final 5 feet.

Increase your water intake by adding water itself or lemonade.
Add soups and watery fruits and vegetables to increase your
fluid count.


If none of these work, you may have another condition related
to constipation such as bowel impaction, where the bowels
have become dry and stick to the walls of the intestines.




































































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