Understanding the urge to poo - The Poo Window!

Let's talk about that undeniable urge that sweeps over us at the most unexpected moments – the urge to poo! 💩 Did you know there's a fascinating phenomenon known as the "Poo Window," where your body signals it's time to go? Yep, it's true!

What is the Poo Window?
Picture this: Your body's internal clock is ticking away, and suddenly, like clockwork, you feel the urge to head to the porcelain throne. This magical moment is what we affectionately call the "Poo Window" – a brief period when your internal sphincter relaxes, signalling that it's prime time for a bathroom break!

Why does it matter?
Understanding the Poo Window isn't just about knowing when to make a mad dash to the bathroom – it's about tuning in to your body's natural rhythms and honouring its needs. By paying attention to these signals, you can optimize your bathroom routine, reduce discomfort, and promote healthier bowel habits. It means you are less likely to strain to empty the bowels and also more likely to empty the bowel to completion - leading to that euphoric poo feeling! 

Tips for Embracing the Poo Window:

  1. Listen to Your Body: Don't ignore those gentle nudges from your gut – they're your body's way of saying, "Hey, it's time to go!" Trust your instincts and honour the Poo Window when it knocks on your door. You have about 15-20 minutes to respond to the urge before it goes away - so try and make sure you listen!
  2. Stay Relaxed: Stress and tension can interfere with your body's natural rhythm, so take a deep breath and relax. Creating a calm and comfortable environment can help you answer the call of nature with ease.
  3. Use a BIEN Toilet Stool: Making sure your position on the toilet is optimal will not only encourage a stronger urge to go, but it will also mean you can empty your bowel with less pressure and with grater success! 
  4. Don't Delay: When the Poo Window opens, seize the moment! Delaying a trip to the bathroom can lead to constipation and discomfort, so make it a priority to heed the call and keep things moving smoothly. To ensure this is possible try to have a regular "poo routine". For most people that will be first thing in the morning upon wakening or after breakfast - if you are regular try to honour this patterning and make time for your bowels each and every day!
  5. Stay Hydrated and Nourished: A balanced diet rich in fiber and hydration can help keep your digestive system happy and regular, ensuring that the Poo Window opens right on schedule.

So, the next time you feel that familiar urge, remember – it's not just any urge, it's the Poo Window beckoning you to embrace the natural rhythm of your body. Go ahead, answer the call, and revel in the magic of your body's incredible design!