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what can help constipation?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Fluids: The colon recycles water from the foods we ingest. The less water/fluid in one's diet the drier and harder is the stool. Increasing water in the diet allows the stool to be less dedicated and softer. Increase water and fluids in diet. Fluids should be other than milk or dairy products.
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.

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Can prunes help constipation?

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Yes: What gets you going: fruit [including prunes] & veggies. Fiber [whole grains. Think brown, not white. Oatmeal]. Drink up: 8-10 glasses of water a day. Get moving 30-60 minutes a day. Good luck!
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Horrible constipation need gentle help!?

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P fruits: Fruits that start with the letter p can help soften bowels - pears peaches prunes plums and apricots can help. Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is also a mild laxative.
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A 17-year-old male asked:

Does lemomade help with constipation?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
No: Lemonade is usually out of a bottle and is not really lemonade. In any case, look tro your diet, the nature of which is the commonest cause of constipation.
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Can cranberries help with constipation?

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Constipation: Cranberries would give fiber, which usually helps with constipation as long as there is adequate hydration.
A 17-year-old male asked:

What foods help with constipation?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
Constipation foods: There are several - Water , Yogurt and kefir, Pulses (beans, lentils etc..), Clear soups, Prunes, Wheat bran, Broccoli, Apples and pears grapes, kiwi fruits, black and raspberries, olives and flaxseeds.

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