Why Can’t I Poop Every Day even when I Follow a Healthy Diet and Exercise Regularly?

Although poop may not be the first topic you think of when you are thinking about health and wellbeing, it is an important part of a healthy digestive system. Because of that, it is something that you should be aware of and that sometimes can be problematic. If you aren’t pooping every day, it is your body’s way of sending you a signal about your health. 

One trick you can try is to write down everything you eat in a one week period, and then look up the categories they fall in. A lack of fiber is often the cause of irregular bowel movements, so if the fiber is less than 50%, you need more.

If a lack of fiber doesn’t seem to be the issue, then some of these questions might help you pinpoint the reason for this issue. 

  • Did you change your diet or activities recently?
  • Are you under stress?
  • Are you eating a lot of dairy products?
  • How often do you eat? Once a day? Twice?
  • Are you drinking enough water?
  • Do you use laxatives?
  • Do you have problems with your nerves?
  • Do you have an underactive thyroid? ( Hypothyroidism)

If you answer yes to any or all of these, you should seek medical advice from your doctor. Healthy eating is only half of living healthy. Healthy pooping is the other half. We need both to live well.