By incorporating healthy habits into your daily routine, you may help prevent constipation. Drinking water, consuming a high-fiber diet, following good bathroom habits, and regular activity each contribute toward preventing constipation.


Eat More Fiber

Found in many fruits, vegetables, and whole grain breads and cereals, fiber helps your body develop soft, bulky stools. In addition to adding healthy fiber to your diet, try to avoid over-processed foods with little fiber, such as chips, pizza, ice cream, frozen dinners, and instant potatoes.

Drink Adequate Fluids

Keeping your stools soft and easy to pass requires plenty of fluids. Concentrate on drinking unsweetened fruit juices, herbal teas, and just plain water, as caffeine- and alcohol-containing beverages tend to dry out your system.

Get Plenty of Exercise

Exercising every day may help prevent and relieve constipation. Check with your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen.

Don't Ignore the Urge to Have a Bowel Movement

People with busy schedules, those who don't want to interrupt their work, and folks who don't like to use public facilities are just a few examples of those who sometimes don't stop and take the time to have a bowel movement. Repeatedly ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement, or just delaying a stop at the bathroom, can actually make you lose the ability to feel that urge which in turn can lead to constipation. So, when the urge comes, pay attention.

Ask Your Doctor or Pharmacist If Medications Are Causing Your Constipation

There are many over-the-counter and prescription medications known to be associated with constipation. (Click here to view list.)


  1. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). Constipation. Accessed July, 2017.