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Should I drink or eat more fruit to avoid constipation?

Should I drink or eat more fruit to avoid constipation?

Yes: The cardinal rules for beating constipation naturally are keep hydrated ( drink enough water in diet) and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Increasing fiber will also help, but only if you drink menough extra water to allow the fiber to work. ...Read more

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I have chronic constipation is there anything that I can take that will let me have a bm everyday. I already eat and drink healthy but I need somethin?

I have chronic constipation is there anything that I can take that will let me have a bm everyday. I already eat and drink healthy but I need somethin?

Many things: Stay hydrated, remain active. Consider adding a fiber supplement like psyllium or methylcellulose. Othewise you could try a surfactant like Colace(though this is a weak option). Minimize Percocet use. If all that doesn't help, you could consider adding a stimulant laxative like senna. The next step may be an osmotic laxative like Miralax. ...Read more

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Treating Constipation (Checklist)

Increase hydration
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Increase fiber intake
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Avoid constipating foods
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Try to establish routine for timing of bowel movements
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I eat plenty of fiber- foods of vegetable, fruit, whole grains; Drink plenty of water, exercise regularly. Why do I still get regular constipation?

I eat plenty of fiber- foods of vegetable, fruit, whole grains; Drink plenty of water, exercise regularly. Why do I still get regular constipation?

Bowel motility: dysfunction. You are definitely on the right track with all the things you are doing. But there are some people, in spite of that, whose bowels are just sluggish and the smooth muscle within the bowel wall does not work synchronously to move feces along. Medications have been developed to deal with this; a specialty gastroenterologist has the most experience. Ask for a referral:) ...Read more

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Treating Constipation (Checklist)

Ensure an adequate intake of fluids daily
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Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day
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Increase fiber intake with whole grains, beans, and legumes
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I have chronic constipation. I take metamucil, i exercise, drink lots of water.Only prune works, but i don't want to eat prunes for the rest of my life?

I have chronic constipation. I take metamucil, i exercise, drink lots of water.Only prune works, but i don't want to eat prunes for the rest of my life?

Eat your fiber: Lots of water and fiber are requirements for evryone. If you tend to be constipated then you need more fiber. You masy need to add more metamucil but must also add it to your diet. I also recommend an evaluation by your physician and you may need a colonoscopy or other colon screening as well. ...Read more

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What are fibre foods to eat in pregnancy I am suffering with constipation but drinking water and eating healthily+ lots of fruit it is quite painful?

What are fibre foods to eat in pregnancy I am suffering with constipation but drinking water and eating healthily+ lots of fruit it is quite painful?

Fiber supplement?: It sounds like you are doing many of the right things. The best high fiber foods are fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Water is important too. If this is not working then try adding some prunes or prune juice. If you continue having constipation try adding a fiber supplement such as metamucil. ...Read more

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Treating Constipation (Checklist)

Find cause
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Eat fruits and vegetables, more fiber
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avoid laxatives
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Have had constipation problems for a while. I drink water & eat fiber and still have problems. My stool comes out in small amounts and I don't know what to do?

Have had constipation problems for a while. I drink water & eat fiber and still have problems. My stool comes out in small amounts and I don't know what to do?

You need to: See your doc who may have you visit a gastroenterologist, a person who specializes in GI disorders. Do you exercise? Peace and good health. ...Read more

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