Eliminate Toxins and Promote Digestive Health with Timely Defecation

Dr.Harinee S, B.A.M.S., M.D.(Ayu.)

Updated on AUG 24,2023

Have you ever suffered from irregular bowel movements or constipation? It can be a very uncomfortable and even painful. Ayurveda emphasizes more on the importance of proper elimination and considers it an essential part of overall health and well-being. In Ayurveda, regular and timely defecation is considered a sign of a healthy digestive system.

"Ayurvedic Perspective on Proper Defecation"

The proper time for defecation is in the morning, preferably between 6 am to 8 am. During this time, the natural bowel movement process is at its peak, and the body is in a natural rhythm for elimination. Delaying bowel movements or not defecating at the right time can end up in constipation and other digestive issues. Moreover, Ayurveda recommends a squatting position for defecation, as this allows for complete elimination of faeces from the body. Squatting helps in opening up the rectal canal and by the complete evacuation of stool, constipation and other bowel-related issues are prevented.

Wake up Early

As we discussed earlier, waking up early in the morning stimulate the digestive system, including the bowel movements. Waking up between 5 am to 6 am every day is helpful in setting a regular rhythm for the body.


Sufficient hydration is essential for proper bowel movements. Drinking at least 2-3 litres of water daily keeps the digestive system functioning properly.

Fiber-Rich Diet

Diets rich in fiber promotes regular bowel movements and prevent constipation. Adequate fiber intake can be achieved by consuming plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes in daily meals.

Regular Exercise

Exercise often helps relieve constipation. Exercising decreases the amount of time taken by the food to move through the large intestine and improves the overall efficiency of the digestive tract. Moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes daily is advisable.

Avoid Suppressing the urge

Holding in bowel movements lead to constipation and few other bowel-related issues. It is advisable to defecate as soon as the urge is felt.