Constipation: Keeping Your Bowels Healthy

Overview

For healthy bowels, avoid constipation. You can try these steps.

  • Eat foods high in fiber.

    Include fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains in your diet each day.

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Get some exercise every day.

    Try to do moderate activity that adds up to at least 2½ hours a week. Or try to do vigorous activity that adds up to at least 1¼ hours a week.

  • Take a fiber supplement.

    You can take a fiber supplement such as Citrucel or Metamucil, every day if needed. Read and follow all instructions on the label.

  • Schedule time each day for a bowel movement.

    Having a daily routine may help. Take your time and do not strain when you are having a bowel movement.

Credits

Current as of: September 8, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine

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