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what to eat for constipation?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dietary Fiber: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active if possible. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Should I drink or eat more fruit to avoid constipation?

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Dr. TRUC DAO
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Psychiatry 37 years experience
Constipation: Drink well 2 liter/d and eat fiber fruits (there are fruits without fiber) + lifestyle changes = increased activities on daily basis if you are not active daily yet +hard fruits such as apple-pears + nuts (all nuts had protein equal in weight as meat + hi content of fiber) + beans (all kinds of bean) promote bowel movements and lose weight by better diet. If still constipated, see doc asap.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What can I eat for constipation at a sitting job?

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Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 34 years experience
Fiber fiber fiber: Constipation (going <3 x week or with difficulty) has many causes, with diet and other medications you take playing a significant role in why you have constipation. Discussing your medications with your doctor may help eliminate some of their side effects, boosting your fiber content and a thorough medical evaluation for things like low thyroid may shed some light as well. Exercise helps too ;).
A 40-year-old member asked:

What should I eat to help with my 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.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what is good to eat for constipation?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Diet and fluids: A good high fiber diet and plenty of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids should do the trick...Nothing more nothing less. 80-100 ounces of fluids per day at a minimum.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for me to eat a salad with constipation?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Salad is a a fiber: And fiber helps constipation, provided your are drinking enough fluids and minimizing caffeine and alcohol which dehydrate and worsen constipation. If you are severely constipated i would stay on a liquid diet only until the constipation is resolved using mild laxatives such as milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide).

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