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Digestion Issues

September 28, 2017

Largely due to decreased activity and diminished diaphragm function, ALS/MND increases the likelihood of constipation. Stools can become hard, infrequent and difficult to expel. Diet, medications, lack of fluids, and lack of exercise can also contribute to constipation.

Before turning to laxatives, natural changes can be effective. Exercise brings more blood, oxygen and nutrients to the intestines. Fluids are the most effective and most natural stool softener (drink eight 8-oz glasses, or five glasses of very warm water, daily). 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day helps to form soft, bulky stools and develop regular contractions. Continue Reading