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How much fluid is enough to ease chronic constipation?

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When it comes to thirst, most experts say "let your body be your guide." The Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board suggests that women get 91 ounces of water each day from foods and drinks; men need 125 ounces. Remember, this recommendation includes the fluids in your food. In general, for healthy, average people, 8 cups a day is a good goal. Talk to your doctor about how much water is good for you. People with some medical conditions may need to drink less than that. Others may need more than 8 cups a day.

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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