How to relieve and prevent constipation

  • Drink plenty of fluids (at least 2 liters of water/fluids daily and extra during the warm seasons)
  • The Danish Health Authorities recommend a daily intake of 600 grams of fruit and vegetables. Eat foods that contain fiber such as rye bread, oatmeal and choose whole-grain bread and pasta
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes daily and don’t postpone toilet visits when you feel the need

If the above advice does not help bowel movement, you can try using a gentle laxative such as psyllium and/or Magnesia, which can be bought over-the-counter at the pharmacy. Before use, follow the directions on the product and read the package insert.

Supplement with natural fibers from psyllium husks:

  • Psyllium can be used as a daily fiber supplement and it is available under different brand names such as HUSK® and Sylliflor®, etc. You can sprinkle it on yoghurt or other sour milk products, or mix it with juice or water (remember to drink it immediately)
  • The fibers in psyllium bind water to the intestine and ease the passage of the stool. It is extremely important to drink plenty of water/fluids when taking a fiber supplement. Otherwise, it can have to opposite effect.
  • Take psyllium 2 hours before taking your usual medicine, as fiber supplements might interfere with uptake of medication


  • Magnesia binds water to the intestine and softens the stool
  • Take 2 to 3 tablets magnesia in the evening
  • If you use magnesia, make sure you drink plenty of water/liquids