Find comfort from constipation, a change in normal bowel habits characterized by a decrease in frequency and passage of hard, dry stools. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.
|Get more fiber and water in your diet||To increase stool bulk, include more vegetables, beans, bran, flaxseed, and whole grains in your diet, don’t forget to drink more water when you increase fiber intake.|
|Uncover your food allergies||Chronic constipation in infants may be due to an intolerance to cow’s milk, adults may experience constipation triggered by other food allergies. An elimination diet can help uncover allergies.|
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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.