7 things you can do to prevent constipation.

  1. Don’t skip meals: Eating regular meals helps to maintain a consistent digestion schedule and prevent constipation. Skipping meals can disrupt this schedule and make it harder for your body to have regular bowel movements.
  2. Eat high-fiber foods: High-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, can help to add bulk to your stools and make them easier to pass. Fiber also helps to keep water in the stools, making them softer and less likely to cause constipation.
  3. Drink plenty of fluids (water): Drinking plenty of fluids, particularly water, can help to keep your stools hydrated and prevent constipation. Aim for at least eight cups of water per day.
  4. Increase your physical activity: Physical activity can help to stimulate the muscles in your intestines and promote regular bowel movements. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity, such as brisk walking, every day.
  5. Don’t resist the urge to use the toilet when you need to: Holding in bowel movements can lead to constipation. When you feel the urge to use the toilet, try to use it as soon as possible.
  6. Ask your doctor/pharmacist about fiber supplements: Fiber supplements, such as psyllium or methylcellulose, may be useful for some people in preventing constipation. Consult with a doctor or pharmacist before taking any kind of supplement as they may have side effects or interact with other medications.
  7. Don’t rely on stimulant laxatives: Stimulant laxatives can be habit-forming and can actually worsen constipation over time by making the colon less active. It’s best to try other methods of preventing constipation before turning to laxatives. If you do need to use a laxative, speak with a healthcare professional about the best option for you.

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