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Bowel Movement After Shakes/Meals


#1

Hi,

A different type of question :slight_smile:

Whenever I have a protein shake, between 10-30 mins later I go to the toilet for a very large no.2; this also occurs after eating eggs or after 'most' reasonable sized meals.

At first I thought it was just my metabolism, but I really have no idea.

I'd say I'm overthinking things, however if its an issue that's worth resolving then I'm very interested in learning more about it.

Anyone else had a similar issue? Etc.


#2

Yeah turns out when you eat new food you shit out the old food your body has already processed.

Go figure.


#3

Yeh,

Obviously not the right kind of question to ask in this forum.

I managed to get my answers elsewhere.

Thanks


#4

It's called a gastro-colic reflex.


#5

so you go for a 'number two' 6 times a day lol hello hemroids!!!


#6

So you're fine if you limit to 5 in any 24 hour period by that "logic". Got any evidence for that assertion?


#7

Nope i just know my ring would sting a fair bit i think going that amount of times....

And yes i've been in the situation of pooping 6 times a day, Pain in the ass running to the toilet every two hours or so. :slightly_smiling:


#8

Thankfully its nowhere near as serious as gastro-colic reflex or IBS.
Im not running to the toilet immediately after every meal.

It just struck me that for some reason it would always occur after a protein shake etc.
I'll have to experiment with diet changes, different protein shakes to find some sort of balance.


#9

Dude, I'm pretty sure it's physically impossible to have your shake/meal go through your digestive system in 20 minutes. What it is causing your poops is food you ate 6-24 hours ago.

What does your diet look like?


#10

It doesn't matter what he's eating. If you have some poop up there and you eat a meal, you induce the gastrocolic reflex (mentioned earlier) and you get the urge to poop in about 15-30min.

I'll often wake up and not have to take a shit, then I drink a shake or have breakfast and boom, roughly 15 minutes later I have to shit.

It's standard human physiology, nothing out of the ordinary.


#11

the gastrocolic reflex is a totally natural event. in fact, if you don't have it, you're doing something wrong, in fact, you should see a doctor. When you ingest food, your body does a lot of awesome things, and one of them include emptying the bowls to make room for the ingested food. Shakes go down quick which means they spike the reflex quickly.


#12

Thanks all for the responses,

I've clearly misunderstood and I also recieved a similar explanation from a nutritionist that I contacted.
While I certainly feel like a twat, it definitely feels good to know whats going on.

I appreciate the help, thank you.

Time to drink my post shake :wink:


#13

baby wipes.... use them