Treatment

6 Tips For Finding Relief

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AVOID DEHYDRATION

Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking an adequate amount of fluids throughout the day.

GET MOVING

Exercise may help the digestive system move food through the large intestine more efficiently.

LEARN PROPER TOILETING POSTURE

How you sit on the toilet can go a long way when it comes to emptying your bowels. Some sources suggest using a footstool to keep your knees higher than your hips and leaning forward with your hands resting on your thighs to help you go.

DE-STRESS

The mind and the gut are intricately linked. Stress-constipation can be caused by a host of factors, including gastrointestinal disruptions, changes in diet and lifestyle, and inactivity. Reduce the stress in your life through mindful meditation, yoga, or a daily exercise routine.

CHECK YOUR MEDICINE CABINET

Different medications, particularly prescription drugs, can trigger constipation. Though you may have to stay on the medication, it is helpful to know the source of your constipation so that you can eliminate other factors and focus on reliving the symptoms.

TRY AN OSMOTIC LAXATIVE

Unlike a stimulant laxative, which forcefully stimulates the nerves in your colon, osmotic laxatives like MiraLAX® work naturally with the water in your body to hydrate and soften the stool, making it softer and easier to pass.