MadSci Network: General Biology

Re: How many times should the average human deficate in any given day?

Date: Mon Jun 4 09:35:34 2001
Posted By: Phyllis Stumbo, Staff, Nutrition, University of Iowa
Area of science: General Biology
ID: 991438220.Gb

Defecation (expulsion of feces through the anus) occurs with varying 
frequency, ranging from 3 times daily to once every three days or more. 
When defecation occurs more than 3 times per day and has a liquid 
consistency it is referred to as diarrhea.  When defecation occurs less 
than two or three times a week and consists of a hard, dry stool that is 
difficult to pass, it is referred to as constipation.

Diarrhea.  Loose, frequent stools occur with everyone periodically, but if 
they persist it can indicate other problems.  You can read about diarrhea 
on the internet at

Constipation:  Eating a diet containing ample whole grains, fruits and 
vegetables and drinking plenty of fluids is the best way to protect 
against constipation.  You can read about constipation and other 
treatments on the internet at and at

Hope this information is helpful.

Phyllis Stumbo
University of Iowa

Current Queue | Current Queue for General Biology | General Biology archives

Try the links in the MadSci Library for more information on General Biology.

MadSci Home | Information | Search | Random Knowledge Generator | MadSci Archives | Mad Library | MAD Labs | MAD FAQs | Ask a ? | Join Us! | Help Support MadSci

MadSci Network,
© 1995-2001. All rights reserved.