Constipation – Lifestyle management and dietary instructions:


  • Often lack of mobility is a contributing factor.
  • Yoga and relaxation techniques can inculcate healthy living.
  • Do some light exercise such as walking after breakfast.
  • Take a 30-minute walk after your lunch or dinner.
  • Try taking a class at a gym on a regular basis.

Lifestyle modification

  • Get enough sleep.
  • When you have the urge to have a bowel movement, use the bathroom right away. Don’t “hold it.”
  • Schedule in some uninterrupted time each day for a bowel movement. Research has shown that people with a regular bowel pattern empty their bowels at approximately the same time every day.


Meeting recommended fluid intake requirements

  • Fluid should be taken with and between meals.
  • Drink a glass of water right after you wake up.
  • Consume atleast 2 litres of fluid intake should be encouraged daily. Individuals with kidney failure, heart failure and liver failure should consume fluids as advised by their doctor.
  • Keep a water bottle with you always.

Encouraging regular meals

  • Individuals should be encouraged to eat three times a day, at regular intervals to establish a regular pattern.

Achieving an adequate dietary fibre intake

  • Any increase in dietary fibre should be done gradually to prevent discomfort due to wind. Gradually add more fibre to your diet. The following foods are high in dietary fibre:
  • Whole wheat bread/Porridge/ Cereals/Bran flakes for breakfast
  • Fruits as a snack (berries, apples, oranges, bananas, pears, figs, and prunes)
  • Salad – tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, lettuce
  • Vegetables – green leafy vegetables, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, squash, avocado, peas, lady fingers
  • Beans, Lentils
  • Oatmeal, Flaxseeds, Nuts