Fiber helps to soften stool and promote bowel movements. Foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes are high in fiber and can help relieve constipation. Aim for at least 25-30 grams of fiber per day.
Increase fiber intake
Water and other liquids help to soften stool and promote regular bowel movements. Aim for at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
Regular physical activity can help stimulate bowel movements and relieve constipation. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.
Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement can lead to constipation. It is important to listen to your body and use the bathroom when you feel the urge.
Some natural remedies, such as prunes, psyllium husk, and magnesium supplements, can help relieve constipation. Talk to your healthcare provider before starting any new supplements.
Try natural remedies
If lifestyle changes and natural remedies do not relieve constipation, over-the-counter medications such as stool softeners, laxatives, and enemas may be recommended. Talk to your healthcare provider before starting any new medications.