Do Women Poop? Poor Gut Health & Silent Suffering Plague Your Workplace!

Woman needing to poop at work with gut health issues.

In the corporate world, discussions around health often revolve around physical fitness, mental well-being, or ergonomic workstations. But there’s one aspect of health that remains shrouded in secrecy, particularly for women: gut health. 

Yes, we’re talking about it – the often-awkward topic of women’s struggles with pooping. 


The Unspoken Reality 

Women are twice as likely to be constipated according to National Institutes of Health. 

Let’s face it – digestive discomfort isn’t just a “guy thing.” It’s time to break the silence and acknowledge that many women battle digestive issues like constipation, bloating, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Despite the prevalence of these challenges, the taboo surrounding the topic often leaves both men and women feeling isolated and unsupported, especially in the workplace. 


The Workplace Impact 

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One in four of your employees will miss work this week because of their symptoms and discomfort. 

Now, let’s zoom into the workplace. Picture this: you’re sitting in a meeting, trying to focus on the discussion at hand while silently grappling with abdominal discomfort. Or imagine rushing to meet a deadline, hindered by persistent digestive issues. It’s not just about physical discomfort; it’s about the toll it takes on productivity, morale, and overall well-being. 


The Benefits of Improving Digestive Health in the Workplace 

Enhanced Productivity 

Employees who are free from digestive discomfort can focus better on their tasks, leading to increased productivity and efficiency. When employees aren’t distracted by digestive issues, they can devote more energy to their work, resulting in better outcomes for the organization. 

Improved Employee Morale 

Addressing digestive health concerns in the workplace sends a clear message to employees that their well-being is a priority. When employees feel supported and valued, morale improves, leading to a more positive work environment and better employee retention. 

Reduced Absenteeism 

Digestive issues can sometimes be severe enough to cause employees to miss work. By promoting digestive wellness and providing resources for prevention and management, organizations can help reduce absenteeism and ensure that their workforce remains productive and engaged. 

Healthcare Cost Savings 

Digestive disorders can result in significant healthcare costs for both employees and employers. By investing in preventive measures and providing support for digestive health, organizations can potentially reduce healthcare costs associated with treating digestive disorders. 

Promotes Inclusivity and Diversity 

Addressing digestive health concerns in the workplace promotes inclusivity and diversity by acknowledging the unique health challenges faced by women. It creates a more supportive environment where all employees feel valued and respected, regardless of their health status. 

Enhanced Employee Engagement 

When employees feel that their employer cares about their health and well-being, they are more likely to be engaged and committed to their work. By prioritizing digestive health in the workplace, organizations can foster a culture of employee engagement and loyalty. 


How Does Digestive Health Impact Individual Wellness? 

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An estimated 21% of the workforce has IBS or a digestive condition that greatly affects workplace performance 

With the gut-brain axis, gut health extends far beyond digestive function affecting everything from mental health and stress levels to overall energy levels. With the link between chronic diseases such as colon cancer and chronic gut issues, prioritizing necessary lifestyle choices is essential to avoid serious health conditions. 

Discovery Health coaches comprise an expert team specializing in corporate wellness, raising awareness of digestive conditions like acid reflux and how they have a negative impact on your quality of life. 

Gut health impacts a variety of aspects of individual wellness, including: 

  • Chronic stress 
  • Cognitive function 
  • Mental clarity 
  • Weight loss and weight gain 
  • Immune function 
  • Digestive function 
  • Nutrient absorption 
  • Mental and emotional well-being 
  • Sleep quality 


How Can Employers Promote Gut Health? 

Education lays the foundation for preventive health measures aiming to improve or prevent digestive health issues before they manifest into more serious conditions. 

Employers can offer educational resources such as workshops, seminars, and information on digestive health. Providing access to healthcare professionals like nutritionists or dietitians can also help employees understand how their dietary choices impact their gut health. 


Bolster Company Morale & Health with Wellness Programs 

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There’s no better way to promote gut health than through workplace wellness programs encouraging healthy eating habits, regular physical activity, stress management techniques, and adequate sleep. 

Discovery Health Services’ digestive health programs and constipation programs pair education on essential health topics with actionable plans and individualized coaching to ensure improvements in both the digestive tract and workplace productivity.  

With personalized testing and coaching, we ensure that employees understand the importance of digestive health and actively engage in practices that promote it. 

Discover our Constipation Programs here!

We All Poop – Let’s Make It a Healthy One 

It’s time to shatter the taboo surrounding digestive health in the workplace. By fostering open dialogue, providing support, and promoting proactive wellness initiatives, we can create a workplace where everyone feels valued, supported, and empowered to prioritize their health. 

Join us in leading the charge for digestive wellness – because together, we can break the silence and build a healthier, happier workforce. 


Ready to Prioritize Digestive Health in Your Organization? 

Contact Discovery Health Services today to learn more about our corporate gut health programs and how we can help improve the well-being of your employees. 

Let’s work together to create a healthier, happier workplace for all! 

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