When you’re young, you want to be normal. When you’re older, you want to be regular—I’m talking about pooping, people. You know it’s on most of our minds, a lot of the time. Being irregular is the worst. If you’re a bit backed up, you feel it all day long. It takes up part of your mental real estate in addition to your intestinal real estate. Nobody likes to be irregular. You feel sluggish and bloated. And while there certainly are medical conditions that require prescriptions and procedures, a lot of our irregularity can be helped through our own habits and lifestyle. Your body wants to be regular. It has mechanisms in place to keep you that way. But some of your own bad habits might be interfering with those, and it’s important to identify that. Here are little-known tips for staying regular.
Know your body and schedule accordingly
Pay very close attention to your body. Keep a journal of the times of day you go to the bathroom, and even the times of day you feel you need to go, even if you don’t go. Learn your body’s rhythms. Most people go around the same time every day. Once you figure out when that time is, you can adjust your schedule to give yourself a bathroom break at that time.