Have you ever taken a dump that made you feel like you’d just slept for 12 hours?

Men's Health (South Africa) - - ASK MH -

You bet we have, Ryan. And we call it “poopho­ria,” as do some gas­troen­terol­o­gists, a fun bunch. Here’s one likely ex­pla­na­tion from Neil Stoll­man, of the East Bay Cen­tre of Di­ges­tive Health. He says a large bowel move­ment causes dis­ten­sion of the rec­tum, fol­lowed quickly by de­com­pres­sion. This may stim­u­late the va­gus nerve, a com­mand cen­tre that mod­u­lates many of our bod­ily func­tions. Next, your blood pres­sure and heart rate drop slightly, which can make you feel light­headed or even eu­phoric. But mind the plop: the ef­fect has caused some to pass out mid-evac­u­a­tion; it’s called defe­ca­tion syn­cope. Sounds like a good story to tell the kids.

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