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Useful tips:

  • It is essential to drink plenty of fluid. Aim for 8 – 10 cups of fluid each day. This can include milk, water, squash, fruit juice, tea, coffee and soup

  • Eat regular meals and snacks to encourage a regular bowel habit

  • Increase the amount of fibre in your diet by choosing higher fibre foods. It is important to do this slowly to allow your bowel to get used to the additional fibre

  • Avoid using unprocessed bran. It may cause bloating and can reduce the amount of nutrients that your body absorbs

  • Gentle activity such as walking can help to promote a regular bowel habit.


Ways to increase your fibre intake:

Breakfast cereals:
For example Weetabix, Bran flakes, Shreddies, muesli or porridge. Add some fruit to your cereal to increase the fibre even more

Wholemeal, rye or granary. If you don’t like brown bread try white bread with added fibre. Also try wholemeal rolls, chapatti, pitta and naan bread

Pasta and rice:
Try wholemeal pasta and brown rice

Try baked beans, kidney beans, chickpeas or lentils. Add these to casseroles, soups or salads. Foods made from beans and lentils include dhal, hummus or bean-burgers

Prepared in any way, but make sure you keep the skin on, as that is where most of the fibre is found
Aim for 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Fresh, frozen, tinned or dried can all be used as snacks, desserts or main meals

High fibre snacks:
Include muesli bars, flapjacks, fruitcake, fruit loaf, digestives, Hobnobs, fig rolls, oatcakes or whole-wheat crackers.

If your constipation remains a problem ask your doctor or nurse for advice.
This information is for general advice only. If you have been advised to follow a special diet then continue with this. For further advice speak to your Doctor, Nurse or Dietitian.


Last updated 2012