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5 Things You Never Knew About Poo

Here are some facts that you may not know about poo...
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1. Constipation is the word for not pooing regularly
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Being constipated means not pooing regularly. It means your bowel gets overloaded and it can be very uncomfortable.

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2. A person should poo every 1-2 days
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We all have our own rhythms, but any less frequently than that and you are likely to be constipated

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3. Around 1 in 100 teenagers has a problem with constipation
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About 1 in 100 teenagers experiences problems with constipation or with accidentally soiling themselves. Sometimes there doesn’t seem any clear reason for this.

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4. Not pooing regularly can cause problems
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Not having a poo regularly means that your poo gets hard and dry (like rabbit droppings). Sometimes fresher poo can leak around this and cause soiling. If this goes on over a long time, your bowel may stretch and it may take a while to shrink back to its usual size. This can mean your body finds it hard to sense when you do need a poo.

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5. Drinking plenty of water and eating a high fibre diet helps you poo regularly
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One way of helping combat constipation is to drink plenty of water and eat a high fibre diet- that means lots of fruit and vegetables. If the problem carries on, then visit the GP.

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