squatty-potty Try a toilet stool
Yes. That’s right, a stool for potty time. Before the shiny porcelain toilet there was only a hole in the ground plus the act of squatting. A 2003 study in the Journal of Digestive Diseases and Sciences found that squatting decreased the time and the amount of strain it took participants to produce a bowel movement. A toilet stool, which you can find at most home goods stores like Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond, simulates the act of squatting for an effective constipation treatment. Are these other toilet mistakes messing you up?
istock/skynesher Get moving
Everyone knows that exercise helps the body perform optimally. But you might not realize that walking in the morning can also decrease symptoms of depression—and there’s a strong link between depression and anxiety and chronic constipation, according to a 2011 article in the journal Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Just a simple 10- to 20-minute walk outside gives your brain fresh air, light, and movement—all of which can decrease your psychological symptoms and serve as a constipation treatment.