The traditional dietary advice for treating constipation is to increase the amount of bulk or roughage in the diet. This means:
Increasing the amount of cereal fibre.
Eating a bowl of oats with dried fruits (esp prunes and apricots) every morning.
Sprinkling linseed onto your cereal
Eat more fruit and vegetables. Prunes and beetroot are particularly good at loosening the stool.
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