Incorporate Healthy Habits into Your Daily
Routine to Help in Preventing Constipation1-2
Changes in diet and fluid intake
- Drink plenty of fluids. If you are on a
fluid restricted diet, please consult your physician about your
recommended fluid intake.
- Eat regular meals. Eat plenty of fruits
- Avoid large amounts of milk, cheese,
meat, fatty foods, and sugar if you are prone to constipation.
- Eat foods high in fiber, such as whole grain and bran cereals, beans,
potatoes, broccoli, corn, and fresh fruits.
Take regular bathroom breaks
- Try to use the bathroom at the same time
each day. Do not ignore the need to have a bowel movement (BM).
- Do not force a BM.
- American Gastroenterological Association. AGA Website,
Constipation. Patient Center. AGA Website. Available at:
- National Institutes of Health. The National Digestive Diseases
Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). Constipation. NIH Publication No.
07–2754. July 2007