May 27, 2009

People spend 8 days a year in the bathroom

One in four U.S. adults at some time have made up an excuse for why they're going to the bathroom, a U.S. survey indicates.

The survey of 1,042 adults, conducted by Yankelovich for Phillips' colon health probiotic supplement, says many Americans spend more than 30 minutes each day in the bathroom -- that adds up to nearly eight days each year, but 10 percent of those surveyed spend 60 minutes or more in the bathroom a day.

Contrary to popular belief, men spend almost as much time in the bathroom as women, the survey says.

Millions of Americans experience digestive problems, but few know that key to digestive health is maintaining a balance between the 'good' and 'bad' bacteria in the colon, a vital part of the digestive system, Dr. Anish Sheth of the Yale University School of Medicine says in a statement.

But there are things consumers can do such as taking a probiotic to address digestive symptoms like constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, as well as overall colon health.

Probiotics are live microorganisms, similar to the good bacteria found inside the body, which are available mainly through foods such as yogurt and dietary supplements. Studies have also shown that probiotics may stimulate the immune system and help with overall health, Sheth says.