The good news about occasional constipation is that it’s often relatively easy to treat and prevent. When looking for occasional constipation relief, there are a couple actions you can take.
1. Increase your fiber intake.
Adding more fiber to your diet can help stool form and keep you regular. You can do this by eating more fresh fruit and vegetables and whole-grain foods or by taking a fiber supplement
. If you choose a supplement, the type of fiber is important, too. Certain types of fiber, like the plant-based psyllium in Metamucil, absorb water and do not ferment in the intestines.5
By absorbing water and staying intact in the digestive system, the fiber can help to keep stool softer so it moves more easily through the colon.
2. Drink more liquids, especially water.
Getting more liquids and staying hydrated helps keeps your poop softer, helping it move more easily through the colon.
3. Get more exercise.
Physical activity helps increase muscle activity in your intestines, which will also help keep you regular. Try to fit in activity most days of the week, even if it’s just a brisk walk or taking the stairs at work.
4. Don’t ignore the urge to go to the bathroom.
As we mentioned before, when you feel the urge to go to the bathroom, go. It may also help if you can take your time and don’t feel rushed or stressed.
5. Try to have a regular bowel movement.
Some people find that going to the bathroom at a specific time each day can help your body create a new routine.
Before you begin making these changes, we recommend that you speak with your healthcare professional. The two of you will be able to talk about what solution works best for you.