For meat, it’s best to choose lean meat because of the low-fat content. Chicken, fish, and turkey are all good options because even though meats aren’t really rich in fiber, choosing lean meat won’t make constipation any worse.
When managing constipation, it’s important to limit processed food. This is because most manufacturing procedures involved lowers the fiber count of what it is you’re eating. The same applies to fast food as well.
Try to avoid baked goods like white bread, pastries, doughnuts because these are low in fiber. Avoid fatty and heavily processed meats like burgers and sausages, or snacks like potato chips and french fries because the high-fat, low-fiber content of these food products can make constipation worse.
Staying hydrated is a priority when it comes to managing constipation. The lack of fluids in your body could also cause stool to be hard to pass in addition to it going through the colon too slowly. Try to aim to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water or around 2 to 2.5 liters of it in a day.
Try to avoid soft drinks and other sugary drinks because these could easily dehydrate you. Instead, opt for unsweetened fruit juices that are high in fiber content.
For medicine, it’s important not to do anything without the guidance of your doctor. This applies to taking even over-the-counter laxatives or laxative products like tea and barley drinks. Take medication only if your doctor has allowed you to and only as often as you are prescribed to.
That said, consult with your doctor if you want to take any medication to make sure that it would be okay for you. Call your doctor if you experience any pain or vomiting and most especially if there is blood in your stool.