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How Can I Relieve Constipation Quickly?

Read more about managing your constipation during cancer treatment, with helpful suggestions such as natural laxatives, avoiding cabbage, and exercising.

How Can I Relieve Constipation Quickly?

“Constipation is when you have infrequent bowel movements and stool that may be hard, dry, and difficult to pass. You may also have stomach cramps, bloating, and nausea when you are constipated.” – source: cancer.gov

Many cancer organizations share their tips on how to relieve constipation quickly during cancer treatment. We’ve curated a list of all the best tips. Oh, and you can submit your tips or add comments to tips submitted by others.

#1 Eat natural laxatives

"Prune, apple, peach and pear nectars/juices may be helpful as they have a laxative effective, but the effectiveness varies person to person and they may cause diarrhea." - source: oncolink.org

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#2 Increase dietary fiber

"High-fiber foods include bran, cereals, whole wheat bread, nuts, fresh or dried fruits (prunes, dates, apricots, raisins), raw or cooked vegetables, and pasteurized fruit juices (especially prune). Be sure to talk to your doctor first. Fiber may not be recommended for patients with certain cancers. Also, when you eat more fiber, you need to drink more fluids. Ask your doctor about your fiber and fluid goals." - source: cancernetwork.com

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#3 Avoid foods that may lead to constipation

"Some common ones are bananas, cheese, meat, and eggs. Different foods affect people differently." - source: breastcancer.org

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#4 Drink plenty of fluids

"Try to drink 8–10 glasses of fluid throughout the day to help move the extra fibre through the bowel. Fluids include water, prune juice and other fruit and vegetable juices, nectars, decaffeinated teas, lemonade, broth, gelatin and popsicles.

You can also try hot drinks, such as cocoa, tea or hot water with lemon, to help stimulate the bowels. Eat a breakfast that includes a hot liquid and foods high in fibre." - source: cancer.ca

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#5 Hot lemon and honey water

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#6 Increase dietary fiber

"High-fiber foods include bran, cereals, whole wheat bread, nuts, fresh or dried fruits (prunes, dates, apricots, raisins), raw or cooked vegetables, and pasteurized fruit juices (especially prune). Be sure to talk to your doctor first. Fiber may not be recommended for patients with certain cancers. Also, when you eat more fiber, you need to drink more fluids. Ask your doctor about your fiber and fluid goals." - source: cancernetwork.com

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#7 You can increase your fibre intake by eating

"- porridge or high fibre breakfast cereal, such as All Bran, Weetabix or muesli
- wholemeal or granary breads instead of white bread
- plenty of fruit and vegetables – raw or cooked, with the skin or peel left on
- whole grain rice or pasta instead of white rice or pasta
- dried fruit, seeds, nuts or popcorn
- potatoes in their skins
- beans, pulses and lentils
- cakes or biscuits made with wholemeal flour" - source: cancerresearchuk.org

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#8 Pooping pack

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#9 Laxatives

"Laxatives can help you empty your bowels if you're constipated." - source: cancerresearchuk.org

"If you are constipated because of the medicines you are taking, it may be possible to change the dose you take. You may need to take laxatives (medicines that help you poo) as well. Your doctor can give you more advice." - source: macmillan.org.uk

"When you start any new medication or chemo­therapy, check with your doctor if you need to take a laxative with it. A laxative is a medication that can soften your bowel motions and make it easier to go to the toilet. For most people who are taking an opioid, such as codeine or morphine, it will be necessary to take a laxative." - source: cancernz.org.nz 

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#10 Drink caffeine in moderation

"It has been shown to help constipation. Make sure that you drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages, too, so you don't become dehydrated." - source: breastcancer.org

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#11 Flaxseed offers a laxative effect

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Flaxseed . CONSTIPATION Flaxseed offers a #laxative effect by stimulating large intestine stretch receptors and by initiating intestinal peristalsis. Additionally, #flaxseed increases fecal volume by absorbing up to eight times it's own weight in water. . BREAST CANCER Dietary supplementation of flaxseed reduced mammary #tumor size and number in various animal and human studies. Several studies have also shown an inhibitory effect on tumor growth. . INSULIN-RESISTANT METABOLIC SYNDROME Flaxseed showed effects on various aspects of this #metabolic syndrome, which consists of #obesity, #dyslipidemia, #insulin resistance and/or #hypertension. . OMEGA-3 Flaxseed oil is the richest known source of #omega-3 fatty acids and lignans. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the synthesis of components of specialized membranes, such as nervous tissue. Omega-3 fatty acids also promote #flexibility in arterial walls and reduce #inflammation. . EYE HEALTH Externally, flaxseed is used for removing foreign bodies from the eye. A single flaxseed is moistened and placed under the eyelid, the foreign body should then stick to the mucus secretion of the seed. . CHOLESTEROL & HEART DISEASE Flaxseed's lignans can be converted to phytoestrogens, which inhibit #cholesterol absorption, thus reducing heart disease . Daily Dosage: 1-2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil daily. The absorption of flaxseed oil is facilitated when taken with food. . Sources: Bisset & Wichtl, 1994; Johnston, 1990; Johnston, 1995; Thompson et al, 2005; Nestel et al, 1997; Goodnight et al, 1982; Green, 1991. . . #insulinresistance #breastcancer #awareness #goals #health #wellness #yoga

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"CONSTIPATION Flaxseed offers a #laxative effect by stimulating large intestine stretch receptors and by initiating intestinal peristalsis. Additionally, #flaxseed increases fecal volume by absorbing up to eight times it's own weight in water." - source: theherbaldietitian / Instagram

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#12 Avoid foods and drinks that cause gas

"Avoid foods and drinks that cause gas, such as cabbage, broccoli, and fizzy drinks, until the constipation is gone." - source: cancer.org

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#13 Keep track of bowel movements

"Keep a side effect journal. Keeping details of the side effects that you experience will help your health care team. Having a health care journal or notebook will allow you to keep all of your health information in one place. If you are experiencing constipation, it may be helpful to keep a journal detailing:

- Your diet
- Fluid intake and type of fluid
- Medications you’re currently taking
- Any physical activities
- The frequency of stools

It can be helpful to have this journal with you when you talk with your health care team." - source: cancercare.org

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#14 If you do not have a bowel movement in 72 hours

"Tell your health care team if you do not have a bowel movement in 72 hours or experience abdominal pains or cramping. These may be signs of a bowel obstruction." - source: cancersupportcommunity.org

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#15 Do not use enemas or suppositories

"Do not use enemas or suppositories. Ask your cancer team before using stool softeners or laxatives." - source: cancer.org

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#16 Chemo belly pain? Constipation?

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#17 Try to exercise

"Stay active. Try to get 15-30 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as walking) each day." - source: cancersupportcommunity.org

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#18 Use the toilet

"Find privacy and quiet when it is time for a bowel movement."
"Use the toilet or a bedside commode instead of a bedpan." - source: cancer.gov

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#19 Mineral oil every night and Prunes

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#20 Incorporate figs into your diet

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Figs? ——————— ✨Figs are seasonal fruits found in western parts of Asia. Dried figs are available almost everywhere at any given time in the year. They offer us with many health benefits and I am going to tell you about a few.✨ —————————————— Health Benefits- ✔️Constipation Relief- Did you know there are 5 grams of fiber in a serving of 3 figs? The high amount of fiber helps maintain a healthy digestive system. It also prevents constipation, diarrhea, and irregular and unhealthy bowel movements. ✔️Weight Loss- the high fiber content also allows you to manage your weight. They have a high calorie count so don't do too much! ✔️Protection From Post Menopausal Breast Cancer- The fiber in figs have been known to protect against breast cancer and the hormonal imbalance in women after menopause. ✔️Bone Health- figs are rich in calcium, one of the most important components in bone strength and reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Figs are also rich in phosphorus which promotes bone formation and regrowth if there's any damage or degradation of the bones. ✔️Throat Pain- there is a high amount of mucilage  in figs that can help fight and relieve sore throats! ✔️Colon Cancer- the fiber in figs also helps stimulate the elimination of free radicals and other cancer causing substances in our bodies, especially in the colon! —————————————————————— Incorporate figs into your diet today!?? ••• #Figs #HealthBenefits #Constipation #BoneHealth #SoreThroat #ColonCancer #BreastCancer

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"Constipation Relief- Did you know there are 5 grams of fiber in a serving of 3 figs? The high amount of fiber helps maintain a healthy digestive system. It also prevents constipation, diarrhea, and irregular and unhealthy bowel movements." - source: lilychoinaturalhealing / Instagram

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