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How can you treat constipation?

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Constipation is a symptom, not a disease. There are some serious medical conditions that can cause chronic constipation. Make sure you see your doctor for a medical evaluation. If you are healthy and looking for safe and effective long-term relief for chronic constipation, you might find help on your grocer's shelves. Hundreds of foods and plant-based fiber products are available to naturally relieve constipation.

From: Dietary Fiber for Constipation WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Fiber: How to increase the amount in your diet." American Dietetic Association (ADA): "Plum Good." Institute of Medicine. McIlwain H. , New York: Marlowe, 2007. Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD. U.S. Department of Agriculture





A Diet for a Pain-Free Life

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 1, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Fiber: How to increase the amount in your diet." American Dietetic Association (ADA): "Plum Good." Institute of Medicine. McIlwain H. , New York: Marlowe, 2007. Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD. U.S. Department of Agriculture





A Diet for a Pain-Free Life

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 1, 2018

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