How can I relieve constipation?

Increase fiber intake through diet or fiber supplements, and consider abdominal massage, rye bread, and bulking agents such as psyllium, to relieve constipation.

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Intake of dietary fibre and bulking agents (psyllium) may be effective in alleviating chronic constipation in patients without slow colonic transit or disordered constipation.
Nutritional care of the patient with constipation.

Fernández-Bañares et al.

Best practice & research. Clinical gastroenterology

Sep 28, 2006

Rye bread relieves mild constipation and improves colonic metabolism compared with white wheat bread and commonly used laxatives without increasing gastrointestinal adverse effects.
Increased fiber intake through diet or fiber supplements is an appropriate initial therapy for chronic constipation.
Chronic constipation: let symptom type and severity direct treatment.

Bleser et al.

The Journal of family practice

Aug 2, 2006

Abdominal massage should be considered when treating patients with constipation. It has no adverse side-effects and can easily be taught to patients and carers so they can undertake it themselves.
Does abdominal massage relieve constipation?

McClurg et al.

Nursing times

May 26, 2011

Initial management of chronic constipation should include lifestyle maneuvers, and increased fiber and fluids.
Medical management of constipation.

Portalatin et al.

Clinics in colon and rectal surgery

Mar 4, 2013

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