Have your bowel movements been less than ideal or off their regular schedule during the coronavirus/COVID-19 quarantine? Having "pandemic poop" is real and The Doctors share why it's happening and how to address it!
According to HuffPo, having digestive or bowel issues may be linked to how our lives have been drastically been altered in the last few weeks. But, The Doctors have tips, solutions, and ideas on how you make small lifestyle changes that can have big results in the bathroom.
Your "pandemic poop" issues could be a result of this life change (and The Doctors' solution):
- A lack of exercise or a change in how often you're getting in a workout
(Try these 8 at-home workout moves to get your bowels moving and these 7 exercises to help combat your quarantine blues)
- You are eating different foods, more takeout or possibly not enough fresh fruits and vegetables
(Learn how to cook healthy versions of your takeout favorites and check out these healthy meal ideas you can prep ahead)
- Your drinking has increased both in amount and frequency
(Find out why drinking excessive alcohol during quarantine is not ideal and learn about things to do instead of that mid-day happy hour video conference)
More tips to keep your poops regular from The Doctors include:
Eating fiber: Proctologist Dr. David Rosenfeld says everyone needs 30 grams per day for optimal pooping (most of us do not get close to that!) and he suggests psyllium powder, 7-grain bread, whole wheat bread, bran cereal.
Getting daily probiotics: Dr. Rosenfeld says these can help to make bowel movements more regular, smooth, easy, and clean. These can be found in yogurt, probiotic drinks, and fermented teas.
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables: He says these are important to eat with every meal and will help with digestion.
Also, The Doctors stress drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated throughout the day can help with digestion.
Get more resources, tips, advice, and news on coronavirus/COVID-19 from The Doctors and stay informed on the latest information on the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and learn about prevention methods and what to do if you are infected.