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What are the signs?

  • Having a bowel movement less than three times in a week

  • Straining during bowel movements

  • Stools are hard and take a long time to pass



What to do?

  • Drink more clear fluids (e.g. water, broth, caffeine-free tea).

  • Eat more high-fiber foods (e.g. oatmeal, bran cereals, beans, peas, broccoli, raspberries).

  • Increase physical activity.

When Should You See a Doctor?

  • Your bowel habits change

  • There is blood in your stool

  • You're having serious stomach pains

  • You lose weight without trying

  • Fiber and exercise haven't helped




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