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Constipation: Keeping Your Bowels Healthy

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For healthy bowels, avoid constipation. You can:

  • Include fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains in your diet each day. These foods are high in fibre.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, enough so that your urine is light yellow or clear like water.
  • Get some exercise every day. Try to do moderate to vigorous activity at least 2½ hours a week. It's fine to be active in blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout your day and week.
  • Take a fibre supplement, such as Prodiem or Metamucil, every day if needed. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
  • Schedule time each day for a bowel movement. Having a daily routine may help. Take your time and do not strain when you are having a bowel movement.

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Current as ofNovember 7, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

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