A common problem is that of motions which are very frequent. Immediately on eating food, the person feels an urgent need to go to the toilet. This is extremely embarrassing and inconvenient, especially if the person is at work or is traveling. Often, in order to control this urge, the patient consciously cuts down on food and drink. According to most doctors, this condition is mostly caused by an oversensitive digestive system.
The human digestive system is geared to excrete the residue of ingested food at regular intervals. The average frequency ranges from twice a day to twice a week. As each person’s metabolism is different, the rate at which the body digests and excretes food also differs. It is most common among teenagers and young adults. Women are more prone to this condition than men.
As long as the person feels fresh and energetic, has normal appetite and does not have acidity, bloating or abdominal gas, the digestive system is healthy. Problems with general health arise when there is infrequent excretion – this signals sluggish bowels. A constipated person has low energy levels and often complains of headache, nausea and lack of appetite. Frequent bowel movement may occur naturally in a person who has a very fast metabolic rate. The body digests food very quickly and expresses the need to evacuate the bowels after every meal. A person with this condition benefits from never putting on excess weight despite being a heavy eater.
A frequent urge to defecate is a symptom of a stomach infection. Bacteria and Candida yeast proliferate in the digestive system. The ingested food is fermented by these microorganisms and gas is produced. The food does not get digested properly and the pressure of gases in the stomach produces violent, water y stools at frequent intervals. This condition is known as irritable bowel syndrome, IBS.
Stomach infections also may result in IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome. A stomach infection and shortage of stomach acids adversely affect digestion. Incompletely digested food forms sludge in the stomach .Intestinal cramps cause the partially digested food to be excreted at frequent intervals.
IBS can be treated with a complete cleansing of the bowels. Doctors advise patient to avoid rich, fatty or spicy foods. Often food items like beans, cheese and meat being difficult to digest, aggravate this condition and it would be best to avoid them. Yoghurt and Buttermilk contain friendly bacteria which help keep the digestive system clean and healthy. These can be consumed by lactose intolerant patients without side effects. Doctors may prescribe probiotic food supplements to aid digestion. IBS is an aggravating health condition which takes time to get cured. With proper dietary changes, this condition can be controlled to a great extent.