For healthy bowels, avoid constipation. You can try these steps.
- Eat foods high in fiber.
Include fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains in your diet each day.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Get some exercise every day.
Try to do moderate activity that adds up to at least 2½ hours a week. Or try to do vigorous activity that adds up to at least 1¼ hours a week.
- Take a fiber supplement.
You can take a fiber supplement such as Citrucel or Metamucil, every day if needed. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
- Schedule time each day for a bowel movement.
Having a daily routine may help. Take your time and do not strain when you are having a bowel movement.
Current as of: March 22, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine