5 easy remedies for occasional constipation relief
When you’re stopped up, the last thing you want to do is be searching the internet for tips on how to relieve occasional constipation. To save you time, we’ve collected five of the best remedies for constipation relief. These easy constipation remedies should help you get things moving.
1. Get more fiber. One of the best actions you can take when you feel constipated is to add more fiber to your diet. Some of the most fiber-rich foods are: almonds, lima beans, broccoli, chia seeds, brussels sprouts, chickpeas, and avocados (along with many more). Adding a psyllium-based fiber supplement like Metamucil to your diet can also help boost your fiber intake and keep you regular.*
2. Drink more water. As you increase the amount of fiber in your diet, it is important to drink plenty of water to ensure that the fiber can do its job and keep your system moving.(1)
3. Exercise. If you’ve ever felt the sudden need to use the bathroom when exercising, you know how getting your heart rate up can get your bowels active. Getting even just 10-15 minutes of walking in a day can do wonders for your regularity.(2)
4. Don’t ignore the urge to go. It is important to go to the bathroom as soon as your body tells you it needs to. Frequently postponing bathroom trips can lead to constipation, making it harder to go later on.(3)
5. Squat at the pot. While the invention of the toilet definitely has its perks, one of the unforeseen side-effects is that our bodies are not put in the ideal position to pass stool, which is squatting. Try squatting over the toilet or using a stool to get your knees higher than your hips to help to relax your muscles and help you go.(4)
While all these remedies can help relieve occasional constipation, adding a fiber supplement like Metamucil that contains psyllium fiber is a great way to help you get and stay regular.* Learn more about how Metamucil can help relieve occasional constipation and help you reach your fiber intake goals.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
(1)https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/constipation/treatment (2)https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/common-causes-of-constipation (3)https://www.rchsd.org/health-articles/constipation-3/ (4)Brown H. Current Trends in Management of Defecatory dysfunction, posterior compartement prolapse, and Fecal Incontinence Curr Obstet Gynecol Rep. 2016 Jun; 5(2): 165–171.
*THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.
†Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Metamucil, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One serving of Metamucil has 2.4 grams of this soluble fiber. One serving of Metamucil capsules has at least 1.8 grams of this soluble fiber.
**Survey of 291 adults who self-reported that they felt lighter and more energetic after completing the Metamucil Two Week Challenge.
^P&G calculation based in part on data reported by Nielsen through its ScanTrack Service for the Digestive Health category for the 52-week period ending 04/27/19, for the total U.S. market, xAOC, according to the P&G custom product hierarchy. Copyright © 2019, The Nielsen Company.