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What can i do to prevent constipation?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Fiber is good but: If you are not drinking enough fluid it can lead to constipation. Remember caffeine and alcohol dehydrate and lead to constipation. Generally i recommend 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluids every day. It will take 10-14 days of this regimen to see improvement. If not better need to have a GI workup for other causes of constipation.
Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 36 years experience
Fiber and fluids: A diet high in fiber and fluids can help prevent constipation. eating plenty (5-7 servings) of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains and legumes along with at least 64 ounces of fluid daily.
Dr. Ramin Rafie
Geriatrics 18 years experience
Stool softeners: I usually recommend a high fiber diet such as prune juice and/or stool softeners such as colace twice daily and/or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) daily work well.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Avoid certain foods: There are certain foods that have a tendency to cause constipation. Dairy products and cheeses to name a few. Increasing fluid in the diet, increasing the amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables, and roughage in the diet all help. It can be done without medications or laxatives.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids.

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