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How to Make Me Have a Bowel Movement Every Day

author image April Banks
April Banks has been writing professionally since 2010. She is a pharmacist with more than 18 years of experience. Banks received a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. .
How to Make Me Have a Bowel Movement Every Day
Fruits are a good source of fiber, which is good bowel health. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

Daily bowel movements are not a necessity for your bowel health. In fact, many people have fewer than seven bowel movements a week, and this is considered normal or regular for them. You should only be concerned when your "normal" changes or if you fail to have a bowel movement at least three times a week. However, to stay regular, you can adopt some simple lifestyle changes.

Step 1

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as other fiber-rich foods like, whole-grain bread, beans and brown rice. Fiber facilitates bowel movements by increasing the bulk of your stool, thus making it easier to pass. You should get 20 to 35 g of fiber in your diet daily.

Step 2

Drinks lots of fluids. Staying well-hydrated ensures moist stools that are easier to pass through the intestines. When your fluid intake is low, you end up with stools that are hard, dry and difficult to pass.

Step 3

Increase your physical activity. Exercise is not only good for you heart, it's also good for bowel health. It facilitates bowel movements by stimulating your intestines.

Step 4

Take a fiber laxative or fiber supplement daily. They help your body work naturally by adding bulk to your stools. Avoid regular use of stimulant laxatives like bisacodyl, because you can become dependent on them. Be sure to drink plenty of water while taking fiber laxatives; they can actually cause constipation when you don't get enough fluids.

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