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Constipation may be caused by lack of exercise, certain drugs such as pain medication, or even stress. Your bowel may also slow down due to a lack of bulk or liquids in your diet or because of a change in your eating pattern. Ways to manage constipation, eat well–balanced, regularly scheduled meals to promote normal bowel function. If you have not been consuming much roughage, increase the fiber content of your diet by eating more whole grain breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables.

Increasing fiber intake gradually will allow your body to adjust and minimize potential abdominal gas or discomfort. The following tips may help you identify sources of fiber: Drink enough fluids. The fiber you eat will absorb liquid and keep your stools soft. Try to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of liquids throughout the day in the form of water, juice, milk, soup or other fluids. You may find that increasing your physical activity will help relieve constipation. Check with your physician before making drastic changes in your exercise routine, but remain as active as your condition will allow. If these measures do not help, ask your physician or registered dietitian for further advice.