Constipation troubling you? While popping a laxative frequently isn’t advisable, you can try adding these items to your diet to help relieve constipation and get things going.
Prunes: An age-old home remedy for constipation, prunes are packed with fibre that adds bulk to stool, sorbitol that pulls water to the colon, and phenolic compounds that stimulate good bacteria in the gut.
Whole grains: Whole grains also contain lots of insoluble fibre aiding better digestion and allowing quick passage of the waste through the intestine. You can enjoy whole wheat, oats and cereals to help with bowel movements.
Kiwis: Along with constipation-fighting fibre, this juicy sweet fruit also contains an enzyme called actinide, which encourages movement in the gastrointestinal tract.
Flax: Flaxseeds are believed to have natural laxative properties; thanks to the insoluble and soluble fibre they contain. Grind them and add to smoothies or oatmeal for maximum benefit.
Spinach: Popeye’s favourite veggie, spinach, is rich in iron, but also packed with fibre and magnesium. The latter aids in contracting the colon and drawing more water in to facilitate bowel movements.
Yogurt: Filled with live, gut-friendly bacteria, yogurt gives your intestines a probiotic boost. It also improves the overall health of the gastrointestinal system.
Water: Dehydration is often the cause of constipation and hard stools. Drink plenty of water and liquids like clear soups, fruit juices and vegetable juices to soften stools and make them easier to pass.
- To avoid constipation, cut down on rich, fatty foods like meat, fast food and processed items
- If you get constipated after taking certain medications, speak to your doctor