Hints & tips 1


Even getting enough fibre and fluids isn’t sufficient to control constipation in IBD and IBS. Recent research suggested that probiotics may be useful for constipation in these conditions. Include probiotic yogurts at least twice a day in your everyday diet. The probiotic yoghurts help rebalance the ‘good and ‘bad’ bacteria in the gut resulted in significant improvement in severity of constipation and stool consistency.

Get more exercise. Regular exercise improves bowel habits in the majority of people. Even a 20- to 30-minute walk every day may help. It is advisable to do abdominal muscle exercises at home for toning and strengthening your abdominal muscles. 

Allow yourself enough time to have a bowel movement. Sometimes we feel so hurried that we don’t pay attention to our body’s needs. 

Make sure you don’t ignore the urge to have a bowel movement, and then allow enough time for it to happen  Use laxatives as a last resort and only under medical advice. Laxatives should only be used as a last resort for constipation. Try diet and lifestyle changes first. If your constipation does not get better, speak with your doctor about using a laxative.

© Jonathan Wade 2014