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How to Relieve Constipation Naturally

Knowing how to relieve constipation can make you feel much happier and healthier. After all, straining or passing dry, hard stools is no fun and can even cause serious health problems.

Even occasional constipation problems can cause hemorrhoids, excessive gas or bad breath.

But fortunately, you can relieve constipation by just making four basic lifestyle changes. To prevent and relieve constipation naturally you must avoid the foods that cause constipation, get more exercise, eat more healthy foods high in fiber and drink more water. It's that simple.

Foods that Cause Constipation

Any food that has had the fiber stripped out, the nutrients processed out or slows down the digestion is a constipation culprit. Here's a list of foods shown to cause constipation problems:Besides the list above, some people experience constipation problems from eating any food they're allergic or sensitive to, such as wheat-based foods, gluten products or even bananas.

Medications that Cause Constipation

The list of medications causing constipation is incredibly long and frequently overlooked. These include narcotics and drugs used to treat depression, high blood pressure, Parkinson's disease and many other conditions. Even frequent use of laxatives can cause constipation problems.

Some of the most common offending medications are:Often nutritional supplements or a less constipating drug can replace problem medications. An example would be to take quality omega 3 fish oil capsules for depression, inflammation or pain.

But if your medication is absolutely necessary, you may still be able to relieve constipation by increasing your physical activity, your intake of high fiber foods and by drinking more water.

Foods that Relieve Constipation

Making some simple changes in your daily diet can have an enormous impact when it comes to improving bowel health and relieving constipation problems. Now that you know what to eliminate from your diet, here are the good healthy foods you should replace them with:To find out more, check out How to Relieve Constipation Naturally in 7 Steps and begin setting up some great new healthy eating habits with my High Fiber Foods List for a High Fiber Diet.

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