If you want to avoid pooping at a bad time, you'll probably try to plan ahead and visit the bathroom before that long meeting. But how do you make yourself poop on command? Try a hot beverage — coffee works, but so does tea or even hot water.
This advice comes to us from Runner's World, because there are few worse times to hear the call of nature than when you're in the middle of a race — and running is notorious for loosening your bowels. Dr Felice Schnoll-Sussman, a gastroenterologist, explains why hot beverages work:
"The warm liquid acts as a vasodilator," she says. "It widens blood vessels in the digestive system and helps increase blood flow and GI activity."
Schnoll-Sussman advises runners to drink a hot beverage in the morning and then sit on the toilet for a while. "Just the act of sitting there for few minutes can bring on the urge to go, even if you don't feel like you have to right away."
Read the full article for more of Dr Schnoll-Sussman's advice, including why exercise helps but glycerin suppositories could backfire.
How to Make Yourself Poop [Runner's World]