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Ways to Help Prevent Constipation

There are healthy habits you can incorporate into your daily routine to help prevent constipation, including1:

Fluids

Fluids

Drink plenty of fluids. If you are on a fluid-restricted diet, please consult your doctor about your recommended fluid intake.

Diet

Diet

Eat regular meals. Eat foods high in fiber, such as whole grain and bran cereals, beans, potatoes, broccoli, corn, and fresh fruits. Avoid large amounts of milk, cheese, meat, fatty foods, and sugar if you are prone to constipation.

Take regular bathroom breaks

Take regular bathroom breaks

Try to use the bathroom at the same time each day. Do not ignore the need to have a bowel movement (BM).

Exercise

Exercise

Just a 20-30 minute walk or any other regular exercise may help prevent constipation.*

*Talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.

References

  1. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). Treatment for Constipation. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/constipation/treatment Accessed July 2017.
  2. American Gastroenterological Association. Constipation. Available at http://www.gastro.org/patient-care/conditions-diseases/constipation. Accessed August 2017.