“The first thing to understand is that what goes in is supposed to come out- albeit in a very different form and with some nutrients missing. We eat and drink to sustain our bodies and after the digestive system extracts the necessary ingredients from our ingestion, the wastes are excreted as liquids in urine and solids in feces.”~ Medical University of South Carolina
The above quote is a perfect segway into a conversation about bowel movements and aging. Although it would be nice for bowel movements to treat us with the same consistency and gentleness as they did in our younger years, they do not agree with that sentiment and often show our aging bodies no mercy.
Most of the time talking about bowel movements is considered less than lady-like and crass in most settings but today, in this context, I think mom and grandma will approve.
Aging: Bowel Movement’s Kryptonite
- “Although constipation is common in all age groups, people over age 65 suffer from it the most. Constipation is a problem for less than 2 percent of people who aren’t elderly, but the rate is considerably higher in people over age 65.”~ Health Day
- “As we age,