Some innocuous, yet entrenched or new habits can ultimately turn out to be bad for our health. Nothing serious, just behavioral errors that can have an impact on our health. Here are two that you can commit every day, every time you have a bowel movement.
1 Reading on the toilet: the royal road for hemorrhoids
The more time you spend on the toilet, especially reading, the more likely you are to develop hemorrhoids. These are swollen blood vessels in and around the anus. It seems like a strange correlation, but think about it. The longer you stay in the toilet trying to poop, the more pressure and stress you put on it. Sitting too long on the toilet can also restrict blood flow around the anal area, which can make hemorrhoids worse.
Most of the time, it’s the fault of a low-fiber diet, which keeps your bowels regular and prevents constipation and hard stools. Nutritionists recommend eating 30-35 grams to prevent hemorrhoids.
2 Taking your mobile phone to the toilet: the best way to take your stool with you
Do you take your mobile phone with you to the toilet? Bad idea! Wash your hands well after going to the toilet, otherwise your stool may come with you. In a study published in 2011, British researchers found that one in six mobile phones could be contaminated with stool that could spread E. coli bacteria, after taking nearly 400 samples from 12 different cities.
As phones tend to move everywhere, especially in places where we eat, such as kitchen counters, restaurant tables and desks, to name a few, the E. coli bacteria detected on these phones could play a role in spreading the disease.
How often should you have a bowel movement?
Do you go to the bathroom at the same time every morning? or can you go several days before you need to defecate? All of this is normal. The important thing is that you are consistent with your own routine. A sharp decrease in bowel movements may be due to a change in diet (fiber intake), which is why many people find they are less regular on weekends or on vacation. They may be eating less fiber or exercising less, both of which promote good digestion. Other factors affect stool production: gastrointestinal disorders, an overactive thyroid or colon cancer.