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What is the most popular way to fix constipation problems?
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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Fiber and fluids
Simple constipation usually responds to a diet rich in fiber (bran, whole grain cereals, fruits, vegetables) and increased fluid intake (water is sufficient).
Several significant causes of constipation other than bad diet should be investigated with the help of your doctor e.g. Hypothroidism, hirschprung's disease among others.

In brief: Fiber and fluids
Simple constipation usually responds to a diet rich in fiber (bran, whole grain cereals, fruits, vegetables) and increased fluid intake (water is sufficient).
Several significant causes of constipation other than bad diet should be investigated with the help of your doctor e.g. Hypothroidism, hirschprung's disease among others.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
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Dr. Robert Dons
Maybe not popular but staying away from all forms of animal protein helps a lot
Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Popular is not best
Fad treatment approaches come & go--dating to "snake oil" salesmen of yesteryear. Colonics & purges are popular but should be avoided & can not be recommended (see earlier healthtap answers).
Use of irritant laxatives are safe for the short-term only. Fiber supplements, stool softeners, & lavage agents like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) are safe. Rx drugs are available, based on work-up of your cause of constipation.

In brief: Popular is not best
Fad treatment approaches come & go--dating to "snake oil" salesmen of yesteryear. Colonics & purges are popular but should be avoided & can not be recommended (see earlier healthtap answers).
Use of irritant laxatives are safe for the short-term only. Fiber supplements, stool softeners, & lavage agents like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) are safe. Rx drugs are available, based on work-up of your cause of constipation.
Dr. Charles Cattano
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Also cutting back on caffeine and alcohol as they are diuretics causing you to lose more fluid than you are taking in, and of course increased your other fluid intake to 80-100 ounces per day will most definitely help the majority of constipation issues.
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Diet, fluids
Foods high in fat tend to constipate you.
Foods high in fiber favor looser stools. Fruits vegetable, whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. Also, fiber only works if u are well hydrated. Drink plenty of non-caffinated, non-alcoholic fluids to keep stools soft. Fiber can also be added to a glass of water. If this does not work see a GI specialist, there may be another cause of your issu

In brief: Diet, fluids
Foods high in fat tend to constipate you.
Foods high in fiber favor looser stools. Fruits vegetable, whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. Also, fiber only works if u are well hydrated. Drink plenty of non-caffinated, non-alcoholic fluids to keep stools soft. Fiber can also be added to a glass of water. If this does not work see a GI specialist, there may be another cause of your issu
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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