Most of us know how important it is to poo daily and it should be one meal in and one meal out within 30 mins to 2 hours of eating and our stools should be formed and not loose. Many people ‘go’ after a meal but it may be runny so it is irritation that has caused the toilet visit and not the natural workings of the digestive system.
What’s also important is the manner in which we evacuate our waste. When releasing in the toilet we shouldn’t be straining and stools should fall out of the body easily. Stools should be sausage shaped and be smooth with no lumps and bumps, and ideally be around 12-18″ long, although most of us don’t produce even near that length! There should also be a decent amount in the loo to reflect what was eaten the day before as many of us go but there’s hardly anything there.
Stool consistency and colour will vary of course depending on what was eaten and the amount of fluid taken. Familiarise yourself with what’s normal for you and if you see changes that you are unsure about then a trip to the gp would be a wise precaution.