VIDEO: General Nutrition & Hydration Guidelines

Clinical Expertise

Apr 20, 2021

Medical Reviewer: Jillian Miller, PT, DPT
Last Updated: January 13, 2023

Video Transcript

Welcome to Brooks Rehabilitation pelvic health education series on constipation.

In this video, I’ll be discussing general hydration and nutrition guidelines as they pertain to constipation. If you are constipated, it’s very important that you stay hydrated.

The current technical recommendation for fluid intake is 48 to 64 ounces of fluid or 1.2 liters with at least half of that fluid intake being from pure water. A more practical guideline might be to try and make sure that your urine is a pale straw color consistently throughout the day. 25 to 35 grams is the current daily fiber recommendation.

If that’s more than your normal intake of fiber, you wanna try to build to that amount slowly and gradually.

You also wanna try and chew your food thoroughly and slowly. You wanna have more smaller meals, avoid large meals, and try to time your meals consistently throughout the day.

For more healthy living tips, visit our YouTube Playlist.

Medical Reviewer

Jillian Miller, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist, Women's Health Resident - Brooks Rehabilitation Ormond Beach Outpatient Clinic
Jillian Miller is a Physical Therapist at the Brooks Halifax, Ormond Beach clinic. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine and is originally from Ormond Beach. She has practiced as a Physical Therapist with Brooks Rehabilitation for more than three years treating a variety of pelvic health, oncological, neurological and orthopedic conditions. Her passion is working with individuals faced with pelvic health conditions such as urinary or fecal incontinence, chronic pelvic pain, and sexual dysfunction as well as lymphedema. As a Women's Health Resident, Miller is advancing her education and is currently seeking a Board Certification in Women's Health.
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