Constipation is a common digestive problem. Your stools may be very hard or you may have a sense of fullness even after a bowel movement. It’s not true that you must have a daily bowel movement to be “regular.” The normal frequency range is three times a day to three times a week.

What can you do to avoid constipation?

Eat more fiber
Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day (nonalcoholic)
Exercise often as it helps the bowel move the stool along
Limit high-fat and high-sugar foods
Eat more fiber (at least 2 cups of fruits and 2 1/2 cups of vegetables per day are recommended)
Don’t use laxatives too often (it can damage the bowel and make constipation worse).
Don’t resist or ignore the urge to have a bowel movement.

Hope this helps.

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