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  • Treatment of constipation starts with the realization that you do not need to have a bowel movement every day! Constipation is defined as less than 3 bowel movements a week.
  • Increase fiber in your diet. You should aim to take 30 grams of fiber per day. These foods contain a large amount of fiber:
    • Bran, cereal, whole wheat (brown) bread, toast, tortillas.
    • Fruits especially prune, banana, raisins, fig, apple with peel and orange.
    • Vegetable including corn, spinach, peas, beans, Brussels sprout, broccoli, sauerkraut.
  • In addition you may use Metamucil, konsyl, psyllium, citrucel with large amounts of water.
  • Increase fluid intake, drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid fast foods, fries, and cheese.
  • Take a large breakfast with a 16 oz glass of water and go to the restroom. Try to establish a routine of going to the restroom every morning.
  • Never ignore nature’s call. Whenever you have an urge to go, do not try to suppress it.
  • A visit to the rest room should be short and sweet! Do not read a magazine on the toilet seat, concentrate on what you are doing. Do not prolong unsuccessful attempts to defecate. It is a good idea not to spend more than 10 minutes on the throne!
  • It is not a good idea to strain or bear down for a bowel movement. In fact this can lead to all sorts of complications in your pelvic area. Please try to avoid any urges to push down for a bowel movement. If you do have to push, squeeze your ABS to push, not the pelvic floor muscles.
  • Exercise every day, walking and jogging will help you establish a routine.
  • Pelvic floor exercises: Kegel type exercises can sometimes help relax your pelvic floor muscles and facilitate a bowel movement. First tighten up your pelvic floor muscles and then relax. Spend a long time and concentrate on the relaxation part. Do this exercise 20 times.
  • Maintain a diary, pencil down every time you have a bowel movement and bring it to the doctor for your next visit. Do not use any laxatives during this time although you may use fiber supplements like Metamucil or Fibercon.



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