Curing Constipation Through Diet

Curing Constipation Through Diet

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NDR-UK Ref No: 1002
Publication Format: A5 leaflet
Classification: PiL  
Pack size: 10
Publication date: 10/04
Last Review: 04/17
Next Review: 2020

Simple explanation of what causes constipation and how to alleviate it through diet.

Classification: PiL (Patient Information Leaflet)

Enforcement of healthy eating messages for self-management - advice is easily understood requiring no additional explanation.

To enable clients and their carers to understand the need to increase their fibre and fluid intake, so that they can apply the dietary advice.

Target Group will know how to increase the fibre value and fluid intake of their diet.

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  • Burkitt DP, Walker ARP, Painter NS. Effect of dietary fibre on stools and transit times, and role of diet. Lancet. 1972; ii: 1408-1412.
  • Cabré E. Clinical Nutrition University: Nutrition in the prevention and management of irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and diverticulosis e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, 2011; 6; 2: e85-e95
  • Chmielewska A, Szajewska H. Systematic review of randomised controlled trials: probiotics for functional constipation. World J Gastroenterol. 2010 Jan 7;16(1):69-75.
  • Committee on the Medical Aspects of Food Policy. Dietary Reference Values for Food and Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom. 41: London: HMSO; 1991.
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