Wonder why you rush to the loo after every meal? We’ll reveal why

Published on: 16 February 2022, 10:00 am IST

Drink, eat, poop, and repeat! Are you living by this mantra? If yes, we have a bone to pick, because pooping after every meal isn’t healthy at all.

Is it normal to poop after every meal? Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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There are two kinds of people in the world – those who feel sleepy after eating their meals, and those who rush to the loo right after eating a wholesome meal. Don’t you agree? Well, the news is that if you fall in the first category, it’s absolutely fine and there’s nothing to worry about. But if you are someone who poops after eating, you need to take this matter seriously.

Why do we say so? Well, it’s not JUST us, but even Dr Roy Patankar, a renowned gastroenterologist and director of Zen Multispecialty Hospital, Mumbai, feels that ignoring your potty habit can make things worse in the upcoming days. And that’s why it is very important for you to know why you rush to the loo, right after eating something.

Come, let’s figure it out.

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Are you fed-up of pooping right after every meal? Read this piece very carefully. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

5 major reasons behind pooping after eating

1. Diet

Did you know? Pooping is related to the kind of food you eat. Yes, you heard it right! Eating spicy food or even a raw salad can make you take those frequent trips to the loo. Eating too much fibre can make one poop. Not only this, spicy food will lead to gut irritation. It will be essential for you to watch what you eat. Avoid these foods, if you have a pooping problem.

2. Food allergies and intolerances

This is commonly seen in many people. Being allergic or intolerant towards certain foods can lead to pooping after eating a meal. You will have to speak to an expert who will help you to tackle this problem. You may be allergic to fish, nuts, soy, or eggs and that can cause pooping. Try to get to know about your allergies.

3. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

This tends to speed up the movement of food via the colon after eating. Thus, there will be frequent pooping after eating.

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High fat diet with antibiotics can wreck your bowel movement. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Sugar malabsorption

“Yes, this can also be the reason behind pooping due after eating. Sugar malabsorption is an inability to digest sugars like fructose and sorbitol. Are you aware? Many foods like berries, beans, onions, and garlic can be poorly absorbed or digested making you poop. Sugar can also be problematic for those with IBS. So, you need to be careful,” says Dr Patankar.

5. Celiac disease

When one with this autoimmune disease consumes gluten which is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye then the immune system causes damage to the small intestine. Thus, one may poop. Try to avoid such foods in your meal.

“Try to seek immediate medical attention, if this problem persists on a daily basis,” recommends Dr Patankar.

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Eat clean to keep your gut health in check. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

A piece of advice from Dr Patankar

You will have to take charge of your health, and avoid neglecting any problems. If you spot any unusual changes in the body or bowel habits, immediately report them to the doctor. Also if you watch for danger signs like blood or mucus in stools or weight loss, and if you have family history of bowel cancers, ignoring the symptoms can land you in trouble. It is essential to stick to good eating habits, and avoid foods that can ruin the digestion process.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.

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