Please note:  Some of these suggestions may not be appropriate if you are on a special diet.

Drink plenty of fluids. A minimum of eight glasses per day is recommended.Try something hot, such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, hot cereal, or soup about one half-hour before your usual time for a bowel movement.

Eat High-fiber Foods Regularly

 These include whole-grain breads and cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables with skins and seeds, dried fruits, beans, chick peas, legumes, whole-grain products such as barley or brown rice, and popcorn.
  • Increase the fiber in your diet gradually.
  • Drink eight glasses of liquid per day.
  • Set a goal of at least 25 grams of fiber per day.
  • Start the day with a high-fiber cereal — one that has more than 5 grams of fiber.
  • Set a goal of at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Be sure to eat the skins.
  • Check labels to make sure products are a good source of fiber.

Other Suggestions

  • Eat meals at regular times each day.
  • Get some exercise, such as walking, every day. Talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
  • Add unprocessed wheat bran to foods such as cereals, casseroles, and homemade breads. Wheat bran can be found in the cereal or baking aisles of most grocery stores.

Please note: If constipation persists, consult your doctor.

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