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Water + bowel movements : should I drink more H2O ?

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er.. after my period i just do some bowel.. the color of that is dark dark brwown but it looks like black but my stomach doesnt feel any pain and i still got appetite to eat.. but this few days my bowel is quite small too not so long izzit i neverdrink lots of water?

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replied June 18th, 2007
Digestive & Bowel Disorders Answer A2923
Water is extremely important for the digestive system. If the body isn't supplied with enough water, it gets the needed amount from internal sources. The colon, for example, is one of the primary sources for water. Water is absorbed by the indigestible fiber of the colon, which increases the bulk of the stool. The lack of the bulk in the colon reduces the urge to eliminate. Too little water in the colon will lead to dry, compact stool and infrequent bowel movements.

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