Health Tip: Help Prevent Constipation

(HealthDay News) -- Most everyone is constipated at one time or another. The U.S. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse defines the condition as occurring when a person has a bowel movement fewer than three times per week.

The agency offers these suggestions to help prevent constipation:

  • Eat a high-fiber diet rich in whole grains, bran, fruits, vegetables and beans.

  • Drink plenty of fluids.

  • Get some exercise every day.

  • If possible, don't ignore the urge to have a bowel movement.

  • Use laxatives or enemas only if your doctor recommends them.

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