The large intestine contains over 400 different species of bacteria that break down and utilise the undigested residues of our food, mostly dietary fibres. As the watery contents move along the large intestine, water is absorbed and the final product - poo - is formed, which is stored in the rectum before excretion from the body.
When poo reaches the rectum a message is sent to the brain that poo is ready to leave the body. If poo doesn't leave the rectum regularly it will build up, dry out and harden and this is when constipation may occur and poo might start to back up in the large intestine because the rectum is full.
This is where wee is collected before it leaves the body. It is like a balloon and will expand to hold wee until it is full. It then sends a message to the brain that it needs to empty. Sometimes, this message doesn't wake you up so the bladder empties whilst you are asleep. And in the day, the message can be too urgent so doesn't give you enough time to get to the toilet so you might have wetting accidents in the day too.
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A few weeks ago the nurses told me that
coffee and tea stimulates the bladder and makes you wet more
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