Study: Pooping frequently reduces risk of depression

Is there anything better than sitting down on the toilet after waiting for all day for a quiet pooping break?

No, I don’t think there is – going “number two” when you really have to, beats most pleasures in life. And now, furthermore, a new study claims that it’s good for one’s mental health to poop frequently.

It may explain something about that happy friend or loved one who often disappears from meetings and reunions.

Pooping – good for your mental health

Yes, researchers thus believe that a successful time in the bathroom going “number two” is actually good for your mental health. It gets you in a better mood and makes you happier overall, simply put.


According to the study, holding in a strong need to poop not only affects negatively your mood and intestines but also has a clear effect on your mental well-being.

The report comes from the Department of Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston – and has now gone viral online.

The research has looked at whether chronic diarrhea and/or constipation are common traits of depressed individuals.

Healthy intestines = happier mood

Principal author Sarah Ballou believes that both diarrhea and constipation are much more common in depressed individuals than those in good mental health.


“Our findings provide support for the relationship between mood and specific bowel habits,” she said, according to Unilad.

Our stomach houses around 90% of our serotonin – the neurotransmitter that contributes to the feelings of well-being and happiness. So when its state is not optimal, chances are your mood it’s not going to be great either.

Do you know someone who’s always pooping? Then tag that person on Facebook, or share this important information with your friends!