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Not everyone has bowel movements everyday. It’s not true that you must have a daily bowel movement to be considered “regular”. 1

A normal range is anywhere between 3 times a day to 3 times a week. 1

You may be getting constipated if you start having bowel movements much less often than you usually do1


CAUSES OF CONSTIPATION1

  • Older age
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not being active enough
  • Not eating enough fiber
  • Taking certain medicines such as narcotics
  • Not going to the bathroom when you have the urge to have a bowel movement
  • Overuse of laxatives

 

USEFUL TIPS:

  • Limit foods that are high in fat & sugar such as sweets, cheese & processed foods, and eat more fiber
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Don’t resist or ignore the urge to have a bowel movement
  • Exercise often
  • Don’t use laxatives too often

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  5. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH): Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Available at:digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/ibs/. 
  6. American Gastroenterological Association: IBS: A Patient's Guide to Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Available at: www.gastro.org/patient-center/digestive-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome.
  7. The British Dietetic Association: Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Diet. Available at: https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/ibsfoodfacts.pdf. (2013)
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  10. The National Pancreas Foundation:  EXOCRINE PANCREATIC INSUFFICIENCY (EPI) available at https://www.pancreasfoundation.org/patient-information/ailments-pancreas/exocrine-pancreatic-insufficiency/ 
  11. Indigestion. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. Available at: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/digestive-diseases/indigestion/Documents/Indigestion_508.pdf 
  12. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Diarrhea. January 2011. Available at: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/digestive-diseases/diarrhea/Documents/Diarrhea_508.pdf.
  13. An et al. Integrative Review of Co-Occurring Symptoms Across Etiologies of Chronic Liver Disease and Implications for Symptom Management Research and Practice. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2015; 47:4, 310–317.
  14. Valery P C et al. Systematic review: unmet supportive care needs in people diagnosed with the chronic liver disease. BMJ Open 2015;5: e007451. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007451

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