The best way to prevent chronic constipation is to increase the fiber and fluid in your diet. It is recommended to have between 25 and 30 grams of fiber a day and make sure to drink an adequate amount of water. You should also limit caffeine and alcohol to reduce the effects of dehydration.
To prevent a cycle of dependence, limit the use of laxatives, as they can interfere with your body's natural intestinal functions. Make time to relax and use the bathroom when you need it. Putting off using the restroom when your body needs to go can disrupt your ability to go when you need to.