Treatment of constipation is individual. Meeting your daily recommendation for fruits and vegetables is a good first step: 3 ½ – 4 ½ cups per day for moderately active adult females; 4 ½ -5 cups per day for moderately active males. General guidelines for treating constipation include:
* Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.
* Eat whole grains such as 100% whole wheat breads, whole grain cereals (such as Shredded wheat), and unprocessed grains like brown rice, whole barley, etc.
* Drink plenty of fluids.
* Maintain a physically active lifestyle.
If constipation is a chronic problem for you, it is recommended that you discuss this with your physician.