Constipation: How To Prevent and Relieve This Painful Condition

Constipation - How To Prevent & Relieve This Painful Condition

At some point in your life, you have probably dealt with constipation! Sometimes it is occasional, like from a change in eating patterns or travel. Other times it is a constant issue that you can’t quite seem to get rid of!

In the video below, Amanda Legro discusses ways to prevent and relieve constipation.

If you don’t like the video or want more information, continue reading.

Fortunately for you, I am going to give you some tips to help relieve constipation and to keep your digestive system regular.

It all starts with remembering the 3 F’s…Fluids, Fiber, and Fitness!

Drinking plenty of water helps prevent constipation!

Fluids

Drinking plenty of fluids and staying hydrated helps keep the contents in your digestive system flowing. Water is the best choice for your daily fluids!

On the other hand, caffeinated beverages can be dehydrating and have the opposite effect. Also, avoid sugary beverages (here’s how). Especially since the calories in juice and soda add up fast!

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Eating fiber helps relieve constipation.

Fiber 

Fiber is the most important nutrient for constipation because it activates the intestinal muscles and makes stool easy to eliminate. Whole foods are best! Therefore, include plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables in your daily routine. The recommendation for daily fiber intake is 25g for women and 38g for men. 

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Consistently working out helps prevent constipation.

Fitness

Lastly, don’t forget about fitness! Exercise not only benefits your cardiovascular system and muscles, but it helps keep your digestive system active. The recommended amount of exercise for adults is at least 30 minutes of physical activity, 5 days a week.

If fluids, fiber, and fitness aren’t enough you may need additional help from an over-the-counter stool softener or laxative.

Note: I highly recommend trying Dulcolax, MiraLAX or Senokot.

If you continue to struggle with constipation, schedule an appointment with your doctor or registered dietitian to rule out other medical issues and create an individualized plan.

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Amanda Haney, MS, RD, CNSC
Hi, my name is Amanda Haney. I am a registered dietitian, board-certified nutrition support clinician, Cal State Long Beach alumnae, and former pediatric clinical dietitian. Currently, I am working as a project manager at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. As a clinical dietitian or in my current role, my passion is working in a diverse setting with a variety of teams in order to improve patient outcomes and achieve better health for the families in my community. I became a dietitian because I love food and I love medicine. There is so much misinformation about nutrition in the media, so I enjoy creating educational content that makes nutrition simple and to make your health goals achievable. In my free time, I love soaking up the beauty at the beach, riding my bike, staying active, cooking, and, most of all, spending time with my family and friends!

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