- Try a bulk laxative
For results within 12 to 24 hours, take 5 to 10 grams per day of psyllium husk or 3 to 4 grams per day of glucomannan mixed in water, followed by a second glass of water
- Get more fiber and water in your diet
To increase stool bulk, include more vegetables, beans, bran, flaxseed, and whole grains in your diet; don’t forget to drink more water when you increase fiber intake
- Get a checkup
Constipation that starts suddenly should be evaluated by a doctor to make sure no serious diseases are the cause
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