The golden rule of gastroenterology is to always heed the ‘call to stool’ when the urge strikes.
Medications, being out of your routine and not getting enough exercise can all cause constipation.
One in seven Australians report symptoms of constipation, which might include hard stools, straining to poo, or having fewer than three bowel motions a week. These four things can help.
When you’re constipated, you have hard or lumpy stools that are difficult to pass.
Constipation can occur when there’s a delay in digested food passing through your body and being expelled. It can also happen when your poo is too hard, often because it doesn’t contain enough water.
One in six healthy people report problems with bloating.
People who bloat don’t produce more abdominal gas than others but they might have problems getting rid of it.
Defecation duration is surprisingly similar throughout the mammal world.
Elephant image via www.shutterstock.com.
New parenthood got our fluid dynamics experts thinking about what ends up in the diaper. They headed to the zoo and the lab to come up with a cohesive physics story for how defecation works.
What does it mean when it’s too hard or too soft?
For most of us, the form of stool we excrete can vary widely depending, in part, on what we’ve been doing.
The exact composition of each person’s microbiota is as unique as their finger prints.
The make-up of our gut is constantly changing and affects everything from our immune system and digestion, to our brain function.
There are several possible ways your gut bacteria could affect your brain.
Links have been made between the community of bacteria in your gut and depression, pain, stress and sleep. So what does the science say?
The process of passing a bowel motion is more complicated that you might think.
Pauline Hanson’s concern about the ATO installing squat toilets to cater for its increasingly diverse workforce has prompted debate about the best way to go to the toilet: sitting or squatting.
Normal pee should be the colour of straw.
Beetroot, artificial colours, vitamin supplements, medications and illnesses can change the colour of your urine or bowel motions.
Symptoms can occur as soon as 30 minutes after exposure to the culprit organism or toxin.
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