Everyone Poops isn't just an excellent children's book; it's a fact. No matter how much some people try to deny it, you can't outsmart biology. And you don't necessarily want to try -- didn't you ever see Jurassic Park?
The ideal frequency of bowel movements, however, has been a constant source of debate, and for some unfortunates, dismay. No one likes it when the Captain's Log is off.
But what’s really normal? We asked a gastroenterologist, Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, to dump a little knowledge on us.
(You thought we wouldn’t be making poop puns in this story? That’s cute.)
Everyone poops... differently
It should hopefully come as no surprise that just because everyone poops, doesn't mean they poop with the same regularity. Whatsoever.
"There really isn't a normal amount or an abnormal amount, per se," explains Dr. Ganjhu. "Everyone’s 'normal’ is different. There are some people who have a strong gastrocolic reflex, like a baby -- the minute you feed them, they have a bowel movement, and it's a normal response from them. Others may be every other day or so... it varies."