Does coconut oil help bowel movements?

Yes. If you feel you're not having adequate number of bowel movements a week, coconut oil can help you poop more regularly. Not only that, it can make your bowel movements smoother and easier so that you won't feel so constipated and painful during pooping.

Why is coconut oil so good for bowel movement?

Thanks to its naturally-occurring medium-chain triglycerides. It's called MCTs for short. When you consume coconut oil, these MCTs will break down into glycerols and medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs).

MCFAs help to improve the contraction and relaxation of your intestinal muscles while glycerols can soften your stool with the help of water.

That said, you need to drink adequate amount of water in order for coconut oil to help make you poop.

Since coconut oil is good at stimulating bowel movement, you should avoid ingesting too much of it. Eating too much coconut oil may cause diarrhea instead. Too much coconut oil can upset your stomach and make you feel nauseous as well.

To avoid bad effects from coconut oil consumption while improving your bowel movements, introduce coconut oil into your diet gradually and progressively. Try not to swallow coconut oil by itself especially on an empty stomach. Stomach upset and diarrhea effect are more intense when you eat coconut oil this way.

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