Back in your potty-training days, No. 2 was your No. 1 priority. It was the most important thing you did all day -- and you were praised for your achievements.
But now, your fast-paced lifestyle -- long office hours, late-night business dinners, scant shut-eye, and, presumably, spotty gym attendance -- makes you increasingly likely to wind up with a traffic-jammed digestive tract. "Eating late, stress, and lack of sleep are directly related to digestive health," says John A. Dumot, a gastroenterologist at the UH Digestive Health Institute in Cleveland. In other words, it can be even harder for a young master of the universe to be a regular guy.
Here, four myths about No. 2:
Myth: Prunes are the go-to fruit.
Reality: The dried plums are packed with sorbitol, an excellent laxative, but apples, pears, and peaches also contain an ample amount -- as long as you eat the skin, too.
Myth: It's okay to "hold it."
Reality: When nature calls, answer. "The motility and urge may not return for some time, leading to dry and hard stools that are difficult to move," Dr. Dumot says.
Myth: Your diet needs probiotics.
Reality: There's no harm in consuming probiotics in yogurt and other products, but no need -- the good bacteria in your gut live there unless a cleanse or colonic purges them.
Myth: Your you-know-what don't stink.
Reality: We're used to our own bathroom odors, says Sheth, the same way you might not notice your body odor or bad breath. But to others, it's as odorous as ever.
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