That sudden urge to poop your pants after eating and what you can do about it
Have you ever experienced having to go to the bathroom right after eating, had digestion issues midway through a meal, or even gotten a whiff of coffee and had to go? Diarrhea immediately after eating is a symptom of several disorders that could be affecting your bowel movements.
You may think experiencing diarrhea immediately after eating your meal is caused by indulging in fast foods, but SuReceta’s integrative medicine expert, Dr. Joseph Mosquera asserts otherwise.
“Those sudden bathroom trips you may be experiencing are most likely symptoms of an underlying condition that happen to be exacerbated by poor food choices,” says Dr. Mosquera.
I did some research and partnered up with Dr. Joseph Mosquera to suss out the details of what could be triggering the need to poop right after eating, and what can be done to stop it.
First, let’s backtrack a little to learn about what gives us the urge to go to the bathroom in the first place.
The gastrocolic reflex
The all too familiar “trigger” sensation we feel to go to the bathroom is called the gastrocolic reflex. Once we begin eating, and have food moving into the stomach, the stomach signals the brain to in turn signal the colon to move out stuff because more stuff is coming down the pipe.
Once we begin eating, and have food moving into the stomach, the stomach signals the brain to in turn signal the colon to move out stuff because more stuff is coming down the pipe.
“Now people naturally have different gastrocolic reflexes,” explains Dr. Mosquera, “but this reflex can be affected by a number of factors from a food allergy to just feeling anxious.”