Q. Do you have any suggestions for relieving constipation? I have tried many different things but nothing really seems to work for long.
A. For controlling constipation, the basics are fluid and fiber. If you can’t get enough fiber from your diet, you might consider a product such as Metamucil, Citrucel or Unifiber with lots of water.
Some people find that simmering two tablespoons of flax seeds in three quarts of water for a quarter of an hour makes about two quarts of solution. Two ounces a day in juice is reported to move everything along. Sugar-free gum containing mannitol or sorbitol can also be useful.
We are sending you our Guide to Constipation, with a list of high-fiber foods, and recipes for Power Pudding and Pumpkin-Bran Muffins to banish constipation.