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Are there fluids you should avoid if you have constipation?

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Stay away from alcohol. It is a diuretic, which gets rid of water from your body and leads to dehydration. Caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, and colas are also diuretics, but as long as you drink moderate amounts, they probably won’t cause dehydration.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation: Keeping Your Bowels Moving Smoothly." 

The Mayo Clinic: "Dehydration,"  "Water: How Much Should You Drink Every Day."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Constipation" and "What I Need to Know About Constipation."

Medline Plus: "Dehydration."

Maughan, R. , December 2003. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on November 27, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation: Keeping Your Bowels Moving Smoothly." 

The Mayo Clinic: "Dehydration,"  "Water: How Much Should You Drink Every Day."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Constipation" and "What I Need to Know About Constipation."

Medline Plus: "Dehydration."

Maughan, R. , December 2003. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on November 27, 2017

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