Top 12 Foods for Constipation Relief

  • Medical Author:
    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

  • Medical Editor: Bhupinder S. Anand, MBBS, MD, DPHIL (OXON)
    Bhupinder S. Anand, MBBS, MD, DPHIL (OXON)

    Bhupinder S. Anand, MBBS, MD, DPHIL (OXON)

    Dr. Anand received MBBS degree from Medical College Amritsar, University of Punjab. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Postgraduate Institute of medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. He was trained in the field of Gastroenterology and obtained the DPhil degree. Dr. Anand is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

Constipation Symptoms

Almost everyone has suffered from constipation at one time; however, symptoms from complications of constipation include

  • hard stools;
  • anal fissures;
  • anal tears;
  • rectal bleeding;
  • hemorrhoids,
  • abdominal pain, discomfort, and swelling;
  • bloating; and
  • aggravation of hernias.

Quick Guide19 Constipation Myths and Facts

19 Constipation Myths and Facts

What is constipation?

  • Constipation is a common problem, and everyone experiences it once in a while.
  • Symptoms of constipation include feeling unable to completely empty your bowels, stools appearing dry/hard/lumpy, stomach upset or cramps, bloating, and loss of appetite.
  • There are numerous causes of constipation including diseases of the digestive system and side effects of medications, but for most people, a diet low in fiber may be the cause.
  • Fortunately, there are many foods a person can eat to help relieve constipation and foods to avoid that can make constipation worse. Here is a list of 12 foods to eat to help relieve constipation. When planning a healthy diet, it helps to include plenty of high-fiber choices to help you stay regular and provide relief of constipation.
Reviewed on 10/10/2016

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