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A 30-year-old male asked:

I have a healthy diet: plenty of fruits, vegetables and meats; i drink a lot of water; my grain and diary intake is low; and i am active. i am consistently constipated. what can i do?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
OTC: There are numerous otc products containing fiber materials designed to bulk up stools and create a regular bowel schedule. Try these. See your doctor if this doesn't work. You may want to have your thyroid function checked. Good luck.
Dr. Sandra Pinkham
Holistic Medicine 53 years experience
Heal anal fissure: Try zinc oxide paste. Stay away from dairy, wheat and rice entirely. Quinoa is a good grain. Use baby p spinach leaves, pitted prunes, and canned coconut milk as a cream in warm drinks. Eat your water with more vegetables. Eat 6 equal meals follow by 5 minutes relaxation breathing. See kelly mcgonigal the will power instinct, grab 5 positive see rich hansen. Lowering stress may help.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Add fiber foods: Add beans, seeds, whole grains. Got celiac sprue? Add gluten free whole grains. Pro biotic containing foods may help ( fermented), e.g. Tempeh, miso, fermented dairy, like yogurt, kefir.

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