What to Drink
- Water: Drinking water helps stimulate your digestive track and break down food. Just take it from actress Cameron Diaz! She credits her clockwork bathroom schedule to her hydration ritual, chugging a huge bottle of water first thing in the morning. Before even considering a laxative, make sure you've been staying hydrated — and then grab another glass.
- Warm liquids: Warm liquids can help relieve constipation, and a cup of hot water with lemon, tea, or coffee can stimulate the muscles in your digestive system to contract, causing a bowel movement. However, if you've been bound up for a few days, coffee may have the opposite affect, since it's also a diuretic. Talk to your doctor if you're concerned.
- High-fiber smoothie: When you're feeling constipated, sipping on a fiber-rich smoothie can make a huge difference. Not only will this Harley Pasternak PB&J smoothie (pictured) fill you up and keep you satisfied all morning long, it offers over 100 percent of your daily recommended fiber, including plenty of insoluble fiber — the kind you need to get things moving.
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