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Tips to keep you stay away from constipation

Eat more fiber-Fiber helps form soft, bulky stool. It is found in many vegetables, fruits, and grains. Be sure to add fiber a little at a time, so your body gets used to it slowly. Limit foods that have little or no fiber such as ice cream, cheese, meat, snacks like chips and pizza, and processed foods such as instant mashed potatoes or already-prepared frozen dinners. The chart below lists some high-fiber foods.

High-Fiber Foods

Fruit Vegetables Breads, Cereals, and Beans
Apples Peaches Raspberries
Peaches Peaches Mexico
Raspberries Peaches Mexico
Tangerines Peaches Mexico

Get enough exercise

Regular exercise helps your digestive system stay active and healthy.You don’t need to become a great athlete. A 20- to 30-minute walk every day may help. Allow yourself enough time to have a bowel movement.

Sometimes we feel so hurried that we don’t pay attention to our body’s needs. Make sure you don’t ignore the urge to have a bowel movement.

Drink plenty of water and other liquids such as fruit and vegetable juices and clear soups– Liquid helps keep the stool soft and easy to pass, so it’s important to drink enough fluids. Try not to drink liquids that contain caffeine or alcohol. Caffeine and alcohol tend to dry out your digestive system.Use laxatives only if a doctor says you should.

Laxatives

Laxatives are medicines that will make you pass a stool. Most people who are mildly constipated do not need laxatives. However, if you are doing all the right things and you are still constipated, your doctor may recommend laxatives for a limited time.Your doctor will tell you if you need a laxative and what type is best for you.Laxatives come in many forms: liquid, chewing gum, pills, and powder that you mix with water, for example.

Check with your doctor about any medicines you take-Some medicines can causes constipation They include calcium pills, pain pills with codeine in them, some antacids, iron pills, diuretics and medicines for depression. If you take a medicine for another problem, be sure ask your doctor whether it could cause constipation.

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