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Understanding Constipation -- Prevention

Medically Reviewed by Minesh Khatri, MD on July 07, 2019

How Can I Prevent Constipation?

The keys to preventing constipation are simple enough. You should drink adequate amounts of water. Six to eight glasses a day is a good rule.

Also, get sufficient fiber by eating:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Grains

Fiber is critical, because most of our stool is actually made up of bacteria, and fiber provides the bacteria a good place to grow. Sounds strange, but the interaction results in a larger volume of stool and better bowel function.

Also, be sure to exercise regularly.