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Tags: diet , fibre , digestion

For years i've had a problem with irregular bowel movement - about once or twice a week, and flatulence (especially in the morning). I often strain when I go to the loo. Occasionally I find some blood when I wipe. What would you advise me to do to solve my problem? I am 41 year old male.

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Irregular bowel movement can be managed by dietary control, eating a high-fibre diet and drinking plenty of clear fluids. Ideally, taking between 18-30g of fibre a day; fruits, vegetables and cereals are all excellent sources of fibre, including dried fruits such as raisins or dried apricots.

Some people find that products containing caffeine can exacerbate constipation and it can be helpful to reduce the intake of caffeine or switch to decaf products; in addition, ensuring the day includes plenty of exercise which will aid healthy bowel movements, this can be as simple as going for a daily walk.

Alternatively, if dietary management is not effective alone, there can be alternatives such as laxative therapy. I would suggest you discuss your symptoms you describe with your GP for assessment and management.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.

 

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