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    Understanding Constipation -- Prevention

    How Can I Prevent Constipation?

    The keys to preventing constipation are simple enough. You should drink adequate amounts of water. Six to eight glasses a day is a good rule.

    Also, get sufficient fiber by eating:

    Understanding Constipation

    Find out more about constipation:

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    Symptoms

    Treatment

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    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Grains

    Fiber is critical, because most of our stool is actually made up of bacteria, and fiber provides the bacteria a good place to grow. Sounds strange, but the interaction results in a larger volume of stool and better bowel function.

    Also, be sure to exercise regularly.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on March 03, 2015

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