NHS doctor debunks myth about daily pooing and warning signs of bad bowel health

NHS doctor debunks myth about daily pooing and warning signs of bad bowel health

An NHS doctor has explained why it is not necessary to poo every day in a TikTok video about healthy bowels.

Dr Karan Rajan @dr.karanr responded to a fan who asked if you had to "take a dump a day" in order to be normal and healthy.

The surgeon replied: "The idea that good bowel health requires a daily poo is a total myth."

He went on to claim that "normal frequency can be from three times per day to one time every three days".

The bowel surgeon continued: "Even if you are going beyond that range, so, for instance, four times a day but without having abdominal pain or discomfort, that can be normal.

"And the opposite is also true, so if you're going once a day but with pain every time that's abnormal."

His key message was that abdominal pain during pooing was a bad sign and to take notice if it is persistent.

Dr Karan then showed a diagram of different types of poo and revealed the "normal" range is for a "sausage" shape that is either smooth or with cracks in the surface.

The diagram indicated that lumpy poo, including single lumps, was a sign of constipation and watery poo was a sign of diarrhoea.

Since it was uploaded on Monday (August 30) the video has been watched more than 300,000 times and viewers left hundreds of comments.

One concerned user shared: "Currently over a week now. My stomach is in so much pain.

"Tried so many things they just aren't working."

Someone else said: "I go once a week sometimes two weeks and I know that is not normal."

A third user commented: "Wow I have been obsessed for years about pooping every day! If I miss a day it's all I can think about."

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