The bowel is an amazing organ and in order to keep on working correctly, it requires the correct food along with cleansing and detoxification.
We consume tons of food over our lifetime, both good and bad, all of which has to be processed, absorbed and the waste eliminated - this is a very complicated and energy consuming process for your body.
In terms of bowel movements, you should be eliminating most of the food eaten over a 10 - 18 hour period. You can conduct a home experiment to see just how long it takes for your body to eliminate a meal.
Eat a 3 to 4 heaped tablespoons of sunflower seeds, without chewing them properly and take note of how long it takes from them to emerge in your stool. They will show up clearly as white and grey seeds in your faeces.
Many people do not have a bowel movement for days at a time and this is not normal. It is unhealthy and indicates poor bowel tone and organ function - constipation.
A sluggish colon is just as dangerous as an impacted colon. The transit time of faeces isn't solely reliant on peristalsis (the wave-like motions of the alimentary canal which forces food towards the anus).
As the whole body relies on food and it's nutrients, the adrenal glands, pancreas, thyroid gland and nervous system are all responsible for the transit time of waste matter in the colon.
A slow colon and prolonged retention of faeces in the body cause autointoxication over time and it can be one of the sources of low energy, heart disease, skin problems, tumours etc.