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5 Easy Remedies for Occasional Constipation Relief

Easy remedies for occasional constipation

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.

  • What is Occasional Constipation?
  • Does Metamucil Help with Occasional Constipation?
  • How to Take Metamucil for Occasional Constipation
  • Get more fiber.
  • Drink more water
  • Exercise
  • Don't ignore the urge to go
  • Squat at the pot
  • What is Occasional Constipation?

    Do you find yourself having a hard time going #2 from time to time? If you’re having less than three bowel movements per week, hard stools that are difficult to pass, or a feeling of incomplete evacuation, you may be experiencing occasional constipation. It’s more common than you think. It affects up to 16% of U.S. adults in general and 33% of U.S. adults older than 60 years.1

    You’ve probably heard that consuming more fiber can improve your regularity and help with occasional constipation. And there’s some truth to this. However, not all types of fiber benefit regularity or help with occasional constipation.*2

    Does Metamucil Help with Occasional Constipation?

    Metamucil is made with psyllium husk, a plant-based fiber that helps promote digestive health and regularity.* It also acts as a non-stimulant laxative that relieves occasional constipation, generally helping you produce a bowel movement in 12 to 72 hours.

    The psyllium fiber in Metamucil powders promotes regularity* by drawing water into your intestines to help bulk and soften poop, making it easier to pass. For dietary fiber to promote regularity, a few things are helpful2:

    • Fiber needs to remain intact through the digestive process to provide regularity benefits. In short, it should not be fermented by our microbiome. This enables the fiber to either stimulate the large intestine to propel the stool forward and/or providing additional bulk to keep the stool moving along the digestive tract.

    • Fiber should help increase moisture content of the stool so it will be softer and easier to pass. It is a surprising small change in stool moisture that transitions from normal to constipated.

    The psyllium fiber in Metamucil is also great since it meets these criteria to promote regularity.*

    How to Take Metamucil for Occasional Constipation

    To take Metamucil for occasional constipation, put one serving into an empty glass. Add at least 8 ounces (a full glass) of cool water. Stir briskly and drink promptly. If the drink is thicker than you prefer, add more water and stir, this also offers a lighter flavor profile. Metamucil On-the-Go Powder Packets typically produce bowel movements within 12 to 72 hours.

    Read more commonly asked questions and answers about Metamucil psyllium fiber supplements.

    As always, it’s best to talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions about taking Metamucil for occasional constipation.

    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.*

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    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.

    1. American Gastroenterological Association, Bharucha AE, Dorn SD, Lembo A, Pressman A. American Gastroenterological Association medical position statement on constipation. Gastroenterology. 2013;144(1):211-217. doi:10.1053/j.gastro.2012.10.029

    2. McRorie JW. Evidence-Based Approach to Fiber Supplements and Clinically Meaningful Health Benefits, Part 1. Nutr Today. 2015;50(2):82-89. doi:10.1097/NT.0000000000000082

    3. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/constipation/treatment.

    4. https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/common-causes-of-constipation

    5. https://www.rchsd.org/health-articles/constipation-3/

    6. 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.

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