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What can you do to resolve chronic constipation?

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Along with taking the prescribed medication or laxative, it's important that you work alongside your doctor to adopt some healthy lifestyle habits that are necessary to resolving constipation:

  1. Go to the bathroom at the same time each morning. Make this your morning "habit," as colonic motor activity is highest at this time.
  2. Don't ignore the urge to go. Peristalsis of the bowel -- the movements that trigger a bowel movement -- come and go. If you ignore this urge, you may lose the opportunity. Go to the bathroom after meals. The urge to defecate increases after mealtime, so take advantage of your body's signals.
  3. Try to chill. Stress can interfere with relaxation of the whole body, including the bowels. It's important to use some type of relaxation technique like meditation, guided imagery, or yoga daily.
  4. Drink at least 8 cups of water daily. This helps keep your GI tract healthy.
  5. Add wheat bran to your diet. Wheat bran adds bulk to the stool and helps speed the rate of movement through the gut.
  6. Aim for at least 4 ½ cups of fiber-filled fruits and vegetables each day, including apples, oranges, broccoli, berries, pears, figs, carrots, and beans.
  7. Exercise daily. Being physically active also helps the GI tract function optimally.

From: Medicines to Treat Constipation WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves New Prescription Drug for Adults for the Treatment of Chronic 'Idiopathic' Constipation." Medline Plus: "Lubriprostone." Familydoctor.org: "Fiber: How to Increase the Amount in Your Diet." FDA: "FDA approves Linzess to treat certain cases of irritable bowel syndrome and constipation."



Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 3, 2019

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves New Prescription Drug for Adults for the Treatment of Chronic 'Idiopathic' Constipation." Medline Plus: "Lubriprostone." Familydoctor.org: "Fiber: How to Increase the Amount in Your Diet." FDA: "FDA approves Linzess to treat certain cases of irritable bowel syndrome and constipation."



Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 3, 2019

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