My daughter has always had intestinal problems. When she was 5 years old, her poop looked like it was incased in slimy green Nyquil. I told her doctor about this and he literally thought I was crazy. I brought in a sample and he was shocked. After running all kinds of tests which came back normal, he didn't have an explanation. She is now 19 years old, healthy (?), but doesn't poop more than once every one to two weeks. She is in good physical shape. Any answers?
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replied February 1st, 2012
Hello and welcome to e health forum. ‎

It is common for young individuals with a sedentary lifestyle, to develop issues like indigestion and ‎‎constipation‎.

Some tips, to improve her constipation, include -

Increasing the daily water and fluid consumption.

Including food with high fiber ‎content including:- ‎

‎ Foods Rich in SOLUBLE Fiber: Oatmeal or oat bran; Brown rice; Orange, grapefruit, green plantain

‎ Foods that can act as laxatives: Prunes, figs, Psyllium husk, shredded wheat, flaxseed (oil), Senna, ‎‎‎‎Cascara sagrada, Aloe vera juice, Dandelion root, Molasses, Liquorice, etc. ‎

In addition, Taking time to have a bowel movement when you need to. Visit the toilet for 15 minutes in ‎‎the ‎‎morning, even if you are unable to have a bowel movement. This relaxes and stimulates your ‎‎digestive ‎‎system. ‎

Exercises like abdominal sit ups, crunches, etc, which will also help in improving the ‎‎digestion and the bowel motility.‎

Relaxation and stress management techniques. ‎

‎Proper dietary habits, regular meals, not missing meals and breakfast,etc. Sit quietly for 15 minutes ‎‎after eating a meal to aid in digestion.‎

‎Cessation of smoking and tobacco use, excess dependence on sodas, colas and caffiene.‎

Having lifestyle changes and adopting the above measures will help your daughter, get relief from her constipation.

I hope this helps.

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