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How to help constipation


Change your toilet position – Changing the way you sit on the toilet may help to increase the speed at which you pass stools. Try sitting with your knees higher than your hips to help properly align the rectum – you can do this using a footstool. See the diagram below for tips on achieving a better toilet position to avoid constipation.


Drink more fluids - You may find that drinking plenty of fluids helps form softer stools that are easier to pass. It may help to cut down or avoid caffeine and alcohol.


Increase your fibre - It may also help to increase the amount of fibre in your diet.


Increase your exercise - Increase the amount of exercise you do, as this can help to increase the speed at which stools move through your colon.


Bulking agents - Some people may find that bulking agents, such as Fybogel or Normacol, can soften hard stools.


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