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Will drinking water and other fluids cure constipation?

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Extra fluids help keep the stool soft and easy to pass, but drinking more liquids does not cure constipation.

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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