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Top 6 Tips to Prevent Constipation

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  • Estimates suggest up to 20 percent of the general population experience chronic constipation, characterized by hard, dry and difficult to pass stools, and/or having less than three bowel movements per week
  • To prevent constipation, make sure you’re drinking enough water each day, and increase your fiber intake to 25 to 50 grams per 1,000 calories consumed
  • Four foods shown to have a beneficial impact on chronic constipation are fermented vegetables, artichoke, kiwi and kefir
  • Certain supplements can also help improve your regularity, including magnesium, organic psyllium husk, enzymes, probiotics and sporebiotics
  • In your bathroom, consider using a foot stool to enhance elimination, and installing a bidet to optimize your hygiene and avoid the pain of wiping with toilet paper, which can aggravate many bowel-related problems

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