ConstipationAn ounce of prevention...
The best way to manage constipation is to prevent it. There are a number of
preventative options to choose from.
Dietary changes such as increasing fluids and dietary fibre can help
you stay regular. Fibre comes in two types: soluble, found in fruits and vegetables,
and insoluble, found in grains, legumes, and some laxatives. Insoluble fibre
shortens the time it takes for stool to travel down the intestine. Soluble fibre
mixes with stomach contents and increases bulk, slowing the passage of stool
and providing a lubricating effect.
Regular physical activity helps stimulate bowel movement. As little
as 30 minutes of walking a day can improve your bowel function.
Try establishing a regular routine for bowel movements. Because bowel
movements usually occur when you first get up in the morning or following breakfast,
try to give yourself enough uninterrupted time for bowel movement during this
optimal time of day.
And if you have made appropriate lifestyle changes and still can't get things
moving again, consider laxatives such as stimulants, stool softeners, osmotics,
saline salts (magnesium salts), lubricants, bulk-forming laxatives, and enemas.
Your doctor or pharmacist can advise you about the best option for you.
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