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By Damilola Faustino

You’re ready, willing and eager to poop—but you just can’t seem to get the job done. You’re not alone. Constipation is one of the most common digestive problems, but it can mean different things for different people. Constipation can make you feel bloated, gassy, and generally pretty crappy—and it can raise your risk of unpleasant conditions like hemorrhoids, too. If you need a faster fix, try these 5 tricks to get pooping right now.

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Drink something hot

A hot beverage can stimulate your digestive system. This kicks off something called peristalsis, the process that causes your intestinal muscles to push the fecal matter forward to your rectum. Any hot beverage—including regular old water— will likely trigger some kind of contractions in your gut, but if you want it to be effective, make it coffee.

Get up earlier

When you hit the “snooze” button, you might be delaying more than you think. Morning tends to be the best time for pooping because the colon wakes up. It begins contracting immediately, which turns on your “time to poop” signals and makes it easier to go. If you mute that by sleeping later than usual or rushing through your tasks, you risk turning off that signal.

Visualise the dump of your dreams

It sounds crazy, but there’s actually some benefit to imagining yourself successfully completing a blissful poop. Sit on the toilet, breathe deeply, and recall the feeling of relief that comes with an epic poop. That physical sensation of relief is related to your pelvic floor relaxing. With each exhale, imagine that muscular sling releasing.

Massage your perineum

The perineum is the area between the anus and the scrotum or vulva. If mind tricks aren’t working, you may need to take a different approach. The technique involves massaging your perineum—the stretch of skin that extends from your anus to your scrotum.

Pop a squat

When you squat, the muscle fully relaxes. As a result, your rectum shortens, which allows for more adequate evacuation of your stool. Now, this doesn’t mean you should perch on your toilet seat to pop a squat—unless you want to make a mess and sprain an ankle.

Read also: How To Cure Constipation With Just Food

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