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If a person is having fewer than three bowel movements per week, they have constipation. Only one movement per week constitutes severe constipation. This ailment causes discomfort and sometimes pain while going to the bathroom. Straining can lead to bleeding. Anyone experiencing constipation that does not resolve should see a doctor. In addition to possible prescription medications, a medical professional may recommend trying some of the following home remedies.

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1. Water

Stay hydrated throughout the day to optimize digestion and muscle function. Drinking sufficient water keeps the body and all the systems that contribute to bowel movements healthy and hydrated. Increasing fluid intake can help alleviate constipation.

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