Constipation Relief
Article provided by the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

Points to Remember for Constipation Relief
Constipation affects almost everyone at one time or another.

Many people think they are constipated when, in fact, their bowel movements are regular.

The most common causes of constipation are poor diet and lack of exercise. One can increase their chances of constipation relief by having a good diet and exercising.

Additional causes of constipation include medications, irritable bowel syndrome, abuse of laxatives, and specific diseases.

A medical history and physical examination may be the only diagnostic tests needed before the doctor suggests treatment.

In most cases, following these simple tips will help relieve symptoms and prevent recurrence of constipation:

  • Eat a well-balanced, high-fiber diet that includes beans, bran, whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Set aside time after breakfast or dinner for undisturbed visits to the toilet.
  • Do not ignore the urge to have a bowel movement.
  • Understand that normal bowel habits vary.
  • Whenever a significant or prolonged change in bowel habits occurs, check with a doctor.

Most people with mild constipation do not need laxatives. However, doctors may recommend laxatives for a limited time for people with chronic constipation.

For More Information on Constipation Relief
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Inc.
P.O. Box 170864
Milwaukee, WI 53217
Phone: 1-888-964-2001 or (414) 964-1799
Fax: (414) 964-7176

American Gastroenterological Association
National Office
4930 Del Ray Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 654-2055
Fax: (301) 652-3890

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