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This sweet summer treat might be one of Mother Nature’s most surprising but effective fruits to keep you regular because of its super high water content. “Watermelon is close to 99 percent water, so this is an awesome choice to keep the bowels moving,” says Libby Mills, MS, RDN, LDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in the greater Philadelphia area. Water helps keep the food you eat moving through your intestines and … beyond. Find out when you should (and shouldn’t) take laxatives.
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Here’s one more reason to embrace carbs and eat more bread: they’ll help you go. Whole grains like quinoa, bulgur, brown rice, whole wheat, oatmeal, and barley are high in dietary fiber, which helps soften stool so it’s easier to go, normalizes bowel movements, and may even prevent hemorrhoids.