We already know that the gut is the human body's second brain, and what we eat can impact everything from stress to depression. That said, keeping track of what you put in your body isn't the only way you can judge your health. It's also about what's coming out of your body. So, we talked to registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Deborah Malkoff-Cohen on the basics every girl should know about her bowel movements.
There once was a woman who walked regularly from her office in Midtown Manhattan to a hotel across the street in order to use the restroom, and that woman may have been one of us. That woman had a friend, at another office job, who carried a book of matches and a can of air freshener in her purse — more willing to set off the office fire alarm than leave any hint of odor in a public lavatory. That friend had another friend, at another office job, who repeatedly forced her body to do the deed so quickly — racing from cubicle to bathroom and back, in an effort to deflect attention from what she might be doing in there — that it led to a semi-serious hemorrhoid problem.