Why do I have to poop after I eat?

Why do I have to poop after I eat?

Oh yes. I’m going there. We are about to talk about poop. Some of us may feel like taking a good nap after a meal, but then some find ourselves running to the closest restroom. But why? Why do you have to poop right after you just ate a meal? There can be numerous reasons for this ranging from digestive issues, food intolerances, or more serious medical conditions. Still, for now, we will look at the four most common causes of pooping after eating.

Food Intolerances

Many people suffer from food sensitivities and intolerances which is why it is one of the most common causes of pooping after eating. Keeping a food log of what triggers your symptoms is the best way to tell what specific foods are causing the problem. You may be allergic to dairy or gluten, two of the most common food intolerances. If you think you are intolerant of a particular food, it is best to seek expert help to tackle the problem and change your diet to eliminate the unpleasant symptoms.


Did you know that certain foods are known to cause a bathroom run after consuming them? While one person may be fine eating these foods, others may find themselves going to the bathroom. Coffee, tea, dairy, fatty foods, fiber-rich foods, alcohol, and excessive amounts of fruits and vegetables are all known to cause pooping after consumption. This can be normal due to the natural effect of these foods on the digestive system.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common digestive disorder that causes bloating, gas, cramps, constipation, or diarrhea. Most foods I mentioned above irritate those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. It is best to seek a medical professional or dietitian when struggling with this digestive disorder. IBS can be managed through diet and lifestyle changes by pinpointing foods that trigger your digestive system.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease represents a group of intestinal disorders such as Crohn’s Disease or Celiac Disease. This is a more serious reason for frequent restroom visits after eating that may require medical attention. Tests and labs will most likely be needed to determine if you are suffering from IBD, but thankfully there are medications and diets to relieve the symptoms.

The bottom line is there are many reasons why you may need to relieve yourself quickly after eating. It is best to seek expert help if your symptoms are consistent and affecting your daily life. If you know you are battling any of these digestive problems, let’s chat to see how we can improve your symptoms through your nutrition. After all, food has the power to heal us and be the ‘medicine’ that we need.

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