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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