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Why do doctors say to drink lots of water when you are constipated, doesn't it just make you feel more bloated?

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Dr. Gary Gottlieb
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
It's the truth: Many cases of constipation are due to inadequate water intake. Water should not make you bloated as it is absorbed into the tissues or passes through into the colon very quickly. More water in the colon creates softer stools that move more quickly through the colon.
Dr. David Wyatt
Dr. David Wyatt commented
Family Medicine 26 years experience
the increased water is also necessary for any fiber you may take to treat constipation to be the most effective - without enough water - soluble fiber is not as helpful for constipation .....
Dec 9, 2011
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Maybe: The colon(large intestine) recycles water from the gut. The less water in ones diet the harder the stool. Increase water in the diet and the colon absorbs the excess and has to work less harder. One does not have to drink water to excess. The rule is an ounce of water for each pound of body weight.

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