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There isn’t a rule on how often you need to have bowel movements to be considered “regular.”  However, constipation can be defined as a decrease in your usual number of bowel movements. Perhaps you normally go once a day and out of nowhere you are now only going once a week. You might want to consider these simple tips on how to handle your constipation once it has hit. You’ll also want to follow these tips to prevent constipation.

  • Drink a lot of water! Drinking more water than usual will help soften the stool to relieve your constipation. Watch out for drinking caffeine and dairy products, such as milk, as those tend to be constipating to some individuals.
  • Add fruits and vegetables to your diet, along with prunes/prune juice and high fiber foods (such as whole-grain bread). These foods simply help the colon pass stool which is what your body is in need of.
  • Include regular exercise in your everyday routine – exercise decreases the time it takes food to move through the large intestine, which in turn limits the amount of water absorbed from the stool into the body. Try aerobic exercises which help stimulate the contraction of intestinal muscles.
  • Avoid foods that are high in sugar, fried foods, frozen meals, as well as too much white rice, bread, hard boiled eggs and cheese. Simply cutting down on these foods if you’re having trouble with your bowel movements should help avoid being constipated or that may alleviate your current symptoms.
  • It may not seem like an easy preventative measure but simply scheduling time each day for a bowel movement will keep you on track for healthy bowel movements meaning no constipation!
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about being constipated. If you can’t make the constipation go away schedule an appointment with your doctor so they can help you right away. The longer you wait the more painful it can get.

Keep track of how much water and fiber you are consuming along with how often you are exercising so that you can make sure you are getting/doing enough of it to steer clear of constipation. Living a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle will only help keep your constipation frustrations and pains away.

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