Nobody likes that full, "something's not right" kinda feeling you get when you're (uh-huh) constipated. The best way to deal with the issue is to prevent blockage in the first place, by:
- Drinking plenty of water, fruit and vegetable juices, and clear soup so you don't get dehydrated.
- Getting daily exercise to keep things moving right along.
- Eating lots of high-fiber foods like beans, whole grain and bran cereals, fruits (like apples and oranges) and vegetables (like asparagus, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and carrots.
Eat the skins of your fruits and veggies whenever possible - that's where the fiber is. If you're prone to not being able to move IT, try to avoid foods that have little or no fiber like ice cream, cheese, meat, and processed foods.
Aim to eat 25g of fiber a day. Which should be no problem if you eat 5 servings of fruits & vegetables and 3 servings of whole grain products daily.
Fit's Tip: If you're having trouble regulating your body solely with food, give Methylcellulose pills a try, like Citrucel. They are made of 100% soluble fiber and have no awful side-effects like gas, bloating or diarrhea.