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Constipation in Adults
Get some fiber in your diet!
Definitely, increased fiber in the diet can improve constipation. Since it passes through your bowel undigested, fiber helps to enlarge the stool. Larger masses of stool are easier for the colon to push against and to propel forward. You can increase two separate types of fiber in your diet.
"Insoluble" fiber (the straw-like material and binding matter found in many natural foods) promotes contractions within the colon. Good sources include:
"Soluble" fiber can soften the stool by absorbing water and forming a gel. Good sources include:
Over-the-counter fiber supplements
Examples of over-the-counter fiber supplements include psyllium (Metamucil), methylcellulose (Citrucel), and calcium polycarbophil (Fibercon). These fiber preparations are sometimes named "bulk laxatives."
Drink plenty of fluid! Your stool will be softer if it contains more water. Increasing your water intake is especially important if you increase your fiber with diet or supplements.
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- Blood in the Urine in Men
- Causes of Impotence
- Colon Cancer Screening
- Constipation in Adults
- Difficulty Passing Urine
- Intestinal Gas Guide
- Loss of Control of Urine in Men
- Lumps or Pain Within the Scrotum
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Painful or Frequent Urination in Men
- Penis Pain, Sores, Discharge or Lumps
- Rectal Bleeding
- Rectal Pain or Itching
- Recurring Abdominal Pain
- Sexual Problems in Men
- Treatment of Impotence
- Understanding New and Severe Abdominal Pain
- Understanding PSA
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